Leadership 100 to Honor Sen. Sarbanes, CIA Dir. Tenet, Musician Yanni


New York, NY -- The Leadership 100 Award for Excellence will be presented to United States Senator Paul S. Sarbanes, CIA Director George J. Tenet and the famed contemporary instrumentalist Yanni at the 12th Annual Conference, February 19-23, at The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island Florida, according to Arthur C. Anton, Chairman.

The Senator is being cited for his work in crafting and pioneering corporate reform legislation. The son of Greek immigrants, he is Maryland's longest serving U.S. Senator and has been a key leader in that body. The CIA Director, also the son of Greek immigrants, is being honored for his leadership at a time of turbulence in the nation's history. Yanni, who initially came to the United States from Greece to attend college, is being acknowledged for his innovative and creative music that has won critical acclaim around the world.

"We are so proud of the achievements of such a diverse group of Greek Americans, demonstrating our Community's great resource of leadership and talent," said Anton. The Leadership 100 Award for Excellence was inaugurated by the organization, whose purpose is to advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism, to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Greek Americans.

Senator Sarbanes successfully promoted corporate reform in the wake of major corporate scandal in the country. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act became law last July. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School and a Rhodes scholar.
Director Tenet, a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Columbia University's School of International Affairs, received unanimous approval from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the full Senate when he was named Director of Central Intelligence in 1997. He has won the confidence of two Presidents and continues to serve with distinction during a period of disruption and challenge for the intelligence community.

Yanni, best known for his groundbreaking concerts at the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal and the Forbidden City, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He has produced thirteen albums with global sales of more than 20 million and has received 35 gold and platinum awards. His television specials have reached more than half a billion people around the world. Yanni's newly released album, Ethnicity, draws on the rhythms and cultures around the world, emphasizing his belief in a universal voice deriving from multicultural sources. After a temporary absence from performing in which he composed the album and also wrote his life-story, Yanni in Words, the unique musician will launch a 58-city U.S. concert tour in March.

The Leadership 100 Conference will include a Business Forum led by Sen. Sarbanes and a Forum on Hellenism led by Director Tenet, as well as two Bible Studies conducted by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. A special evening will be dedicated to a tribute to Leadership 100 by Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, with performances by the seminary choir and college chorus. The school receives the largest Leadership 100 grant, a $10 million 10-year commitment to scholarships for individuals studying for the priesthood.

The conference program will also include entertainment by the Gus Vali Orchestra, Sasha and the song-parody performers, the Super Greeks. A record number of members are expected to attend the conference. Leadership 100 is in the third year of its membership drive, which has doubled its membership from 300 to 600, and this year is fast approaching 700 members.

Leadership 100 has made more than $13 million in grants since its founding in 1984, establishing the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's Internet Ministries and Interfaith Marriage Department, supplementing pensions for retired priests and meeting critical needs in response to September 11 and earthquake and medical emergencies here and abroad.

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