Woman Who Reached Summit of Mount Everest to be Honored

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.”
Schedule of Livestreamed Events
  1. Opening Forum, 9:45 am-10:45 am, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

Rev. Fr. Alexander Goussetis and Presvytera Kerry Pappas of the Center for Family Care.

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  1. Bible Study,11:00 am-12:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Health Forum, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019, George D. Behrakis,

Dr. George Dangas, Dr. Harry T. Anastopoulos

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  1. Hellenic College-Holy Cross Office of Vocation and Ministry, 8:45am-9:15am,Friday, February 22, 2019, Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Director.

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  2. Lecture, 9:30 am-10:30 am, Friday, February 22, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Keynote Address, Business Forum, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019,

George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer, Pro Football Hall of Fame

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  1. Glendi, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019

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  1. Saturday Forum, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019,

Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country

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  1. Grand Banquet, Estimated time 8:15 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Argyris Vassiliou, Chairman of Leadership 100 and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios present the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to George Veras and Stellene Volandes. Archbishop Remarks.

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  1. Exclusive Interview of David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

by George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer. Estimated time, 9:15  pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

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