Leadership 2030 is an intensive two-year fellowship program in which various cohorts of young Hellenes will have an opportunity to dramatically improve both their knowledge and skills base, be given mentorship opportunities that will further both their professional development and civic engagement, and will be given multiple opportunities to begin leading now.
Meet our Chicago
Leadership 2030 Fellows
Thanos joined HALC in 2016 following two years staffing the chief diplomat at the Greek Consulate in Chicago. He currently serves as Director of Public Affairs. He holds a BA in History and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago.
Diana is specialized in instrumental ensemble music and is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestras at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She received a Bachelors in instrumental music education from the University of Illinois, where she continues to serve as a music admissions ambassador.
Vanessa Kamberis is a J.D. candidate at DePaul University College of Law. Prior to law school, Vanessa attended Loyola University Chicago and was a Research Associate at the Hellenic American Leadership Council. She has also interned at the United States Attorney's Office and in the Office of US Congressman Gus Bilirakis.
Evangelos has been with Invenergy LLC, North America’s largest independent renewable energy company, for nearly 5 years, where he works on financing, projects in North America and Europe. He received a BS in Finance at Minnesota State University.
Dimitra Katsis is a J.D. candidate at Loyola University School of Law, and is currently clerking at the Women's Divorce and Family Law Group. Dimitra holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago, and previously interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Regional Security Office of the U.S. Embassy Athens.
Eleni Katsoulis is Claims Counsel with Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, where she manages and oversees the defense of professional and general negligence claims. Eleni graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law with highest honors and received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois.
Irene Koumi is a Senior Software Quality Assurance Analyst at Jellyvision. Along with her position as a Fellow of HALC's Leadership 2030 program, she is also the President of the Chicago Greektown Educational Foundation and Secretary of the Chicago Greektown Chamber of Commerce. She received her Bachelors at Loyola University Chicago.
Peter is currently a J.D. candidate at the University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to law school, Peter spent three years at the Cook County Treasurer’s office as a clerk in the legal department. He holds a BA from the University of Madison.
Ted is Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs with Viohl & Associates, where he advises companies, non-profit organizations, and startups across all fifty states and the federal government, principally on healthcare and technology issues. Ted received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and serves on the Penn Alumni Board of Directors.
Georgia is the president of Kiddy Learning Station, a leading provider of quality childcare the Chicagoland area. Additionally, she is earning her MS in nursing at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Georgetown University.
Maria is President of Delko Construction Company, where she has been involved in key projects including construction for Fortune 500 companies. Maria is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Cornell. She is also a member of the Chicago Sister Cities Athens Committee and Leadership 100.
Taylor Prodromos is a financial services attorney and a Vice President in the Futures Legal and Compliance Division at an investment bank, Mizuho Securities USA. Taylor is a John Marshall Law School alum, and also received her masters in law in financial services from IIT- Chicago Kent College of Law.
Rebecca is a tax attorney and a member of Plante Moran’s National Tax Office in Chicago, where she specializes in handling the tax aspects of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, transaction costs analysis, and emerging issues in tax law. She graduated from DePaul University School of Law.
Alex is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A University of Chicago graduate, he has worked with the university for over 6 years, currently serving as Senior Assistant Director of Admissions & Director of Social Media.
Kosta graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, beginning his career in investment management at UBS. Currently, he works as a financial analyst for Stanley Black & Decker, a Fortune 300 company.
Jonathan is a graduate of George Washington University and holds an MA from the European University of St. Petersburg. He is a renewable energy developer at Innogy Renewables US, a european based energy company that provides generation, transmission, and retail services globally.
Nick is a Manager at Stout, a leading advisory firm serving a range of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to privately held companies around the world. Nick graduated from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Pamela is an attorney currently serving as Senior Counsel at Reveliotis Law, advising clients on property taxation and real estate law. She holds a JD from DePaul University School of Law, and a BA from the University of Illinois.
Yianni holds degrees from the University of Kansas School of Business and the University of Missouri - Kansas. He currently works on real estate development at The Opus Group, a group of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies with offices and projects across the country.
Leadership 2030 in Action
At its midway point, our first Leadership 2030 class has surpassed all expectations. Our fellows have aggressively participated in our advocacy agenda, playing key roles in our campaigns to block F35 jet sales to Turkey and ending the unjust arms embargo on the Republic of Cyprus.
Our fellows also participated in the first ever #FromAthenstoJerusalem delegation with their counterparts from the American Jewish Committee. Meeting with political and civic leaders in Greece, Cyprus and Israel, they were able to send the message that the Greek lobby has a young and deep bench.
Finally, our fellows accepted the challenge to promote Hellenism through public education, and they did so with flair. Whether it was telling the story of OXI Day via a mock episode of Meet the Press from liberated Athens in the 1940’s, to being regularly featured on our Greek Current podcast, to being a constant presence on social media, Leadership 2030 fellows have already developed distinct voices.
Become a Leadership 2030 Fellow
Leadership 2030 Fellows participate in a 12-course leadership curriculum over two years, attend annual advocacy trips to Washington D.C., and consistently participate in HALC’s communication strategy through publishable blog posts and social media postings. Leadership 2030 fellows must be age 30 or younger at time of selection and have completed an undergraduate degree.
In addition to the program above, Leadership 2030 Fellows will be given the following:
Each Fellow will be assigned a personal mentor from HALC’s core membership.
Fellows will be grouped by profession and assigned to an emeritus mentor, a Hellene over 60 who is both accomplished professionally and civically active.
The access and benefits of a HALC Diamond Membership.
Special networking and educational opportunities.
Leadership 2030 New York & New Jersey
We are now looking to building on the success of our first Leadership 2030 class and expand the program to incorporate young talented Hellenes in New York City and New Jersey.
We will accept applications through end of January 2019, decisions will go out in February, and the program will kick off in March.
If you are interested in applying to the program, please email Director of Public Affairs Thanos Davelis for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.