ALS Survivor, Mariah Fenton Gladis, Wins International Lifetime Achievement Award

MALVERN, PA – March 22 , 2007 – Mariah Fenton Gladis, M.S.S., L.S.W., Founder and Clinical Director, Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, was honored with “The 2006 International Stevie® Award for Lifetime Achievement For Women in Business” for her work as an international psychotherapist, Gestalt trainer, workshop leader, motivational speaker, ALS advocate, and soon-to-be author.

While Mariah Fenton Gladis is a 25-year survivor of the life-threatening disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, she prefers to be defined by her work as a psychotherapist and inspirational speaker.

As her husband, Ron Gladis helped her stand to accept her award, Mariah joked, “I give new meaning to the phrase ‘high-maintenance woman.” It brought down the house of nearly 300 women finalists and their supporters.

In accepting the Stevie, Mariah said, "I’m honored to be recognized among a group of such remarkable women. We, as women leaders in the emerging global community, have the responsibility and the privilege of instilling both passion and compassion in the workplace and the world.” “I am extremely proud of Mariah,” says husband, Ron Gladis, “especially considering she’s spent more than two-thirds of her career coping with ALS. She is a truly remarkable and inspirational woman.”

About Mariah Fenton Gladis

Mariah Fenton Gladis, M.S.S., L.S.W., is the Founder and Clinical Director, Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. She has over 35 years experience as a psychotherapist and Gestalt trainer, having trained hundreds of professionals in Gestalt therapy and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Europe, the West Indies and South America. Currently, Mariah carries a full caseload of weekly individual clients and three bi-weekly psychotherapy groups. An internationally renowned workshop leader and trainer, she conducts five local psychotherapy weekends a year, four workshops at Esalen Institute in California, and offers seminars in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, Arizona, Hawaii, Germany, Ireland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Recently, a group of thirty people traveled to attend her workshop in Machu Picchu, Peru.

As an inspirational speaker, she shares her personal successes and approach to healing and living with a life-threatening and debilitating illness. Her first book, “Tales of A Wounded Healer”, is expected to be available in the Fall of 2007.

About The Stevie Awards

More than 165 nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S. and abroad attended the event In New York. Awards were presented in 27 categories including Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive, Lifetime Achievement, and Women Helping Women. Over 600 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars.” (New York Post, April 27, 2005). The elegant Stevie trophy was designed by R. S. Owens, the same company that makes the Oscar® and the Emmy.

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Selling Power Sales Excellence Awards. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.

For more about The Stevie Awards go to www.stevieawards.com