Pamela Pappas holds Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Achievement presented by (L to R) leadership 100 Chairman Constantine G. Caras, Archbishop Demetrios, Valerie Caras, daughter of Chairman and Dr. Maria Caras, at right.

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Pamela Pappas of Tampa, Florida, who completed the challenging climb to the summit of Mount Everest on May 13, 2011, was honored with the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Achievement on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the just concluded 21st Annual Leadership 100 Conference. Pappas, a 40-year-old nuclear pharmacist, who performed the climb at a temperature of 30 degrees below zero, thanked members of leadership 100 for recognition of her extraordinary achievement. She had also taken on other mountains before this feat since her goal is to climb the highest mountain on every continent: Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Eastern Europe, Vinson in Antarctica, Denali in Alaska and Aconcagua in South America.  She will be climbing the Carstensz Pyramid, the highest point in Australia, next, and then Mont Blanc because The French contend that Elbrus is really in Asia.
 
Commenting on her goal, she observed: "There's a mountain in every mountain climber's career that determines whether you're going to keep climbing or not," she said. "I was inexperienced enough when I went to Aconcagua that I wasn't sure if I had what it took to climb mountains. I needed to overcome my fear and most of all my doubt about my capability, which is what people stumble with in everything in life I think.  If you point to why people don't accomplish things or can't accomplish things, it always points to their fear and their doubts.”
 
Regarding reaching the summit of Mount Everest, she observed: “You can see the curvature of the Earth out in the background. You can see the tops of these 8,000-meter peaks you've heard about all your life and you're above them.”
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