CONFERENCE HUGE SUCCESS SOUNDS THEME OF HOPE
The Leadership 100 16th Annual Conference, February 1-4, 2007, drew some 450 participants with programs befitting its theme of “The Heritage of Hope”, opening with a stirring address by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America on the history of the Orthodox Church.
Other speakers included the world renowned cardiologist, Dr. Peter C. Gazes, who spoke on Heart Attach Survival, the New York Times columnist Jane Brody, who spoke on Health and Wellness, the prominent scholar, Prof. Speros Vryonis, who related to a rapt audience the mid-twentieth century Turkish pogrom of Greeks in Asia Minor, psychiatrist Dr. Susan Deakins and psychologist Dr. Marjorie Moyar who brought a message of hope in the Forum on Health titled “Recovery for Living”, and who and a Business John P. Calamos, well-know head of Calamos Asset Management who spoke of a promising US economy in the Business Forum.
The program concluded with a Grand Banquet, with attendance swelling to 500 to hear the former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, gave the keynote address and praised the values of Orthodoxy and Hellenism in receiving the Archbishop Iakovos leadership 100 Award for Excellence, the first time the prestigious award was given to someone outside the Greek American Community.
Prior to the programs, Chairman George D. Behrakis of Lowell, MA presided at meetings of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. The Board reelected some 13 of its 45 members, as well as three members of its 15-member Executive Committee, and elected George Tsandikos of the Archdiocesan District of New York to the one existing vacancy on the Board.