- Gladden, who earned her B.S. in business administration, was named South Carolina's Small Business Person of the Year.
- The Winthrop Region Small Business Development Center won the Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award.
Winthrop University, "Winthrop Alumna, SBDC Earn 2015 U.S. Small Business Association Awards" (2015). Winthrop News 2015. 82.