BUSINESS WIRE--High-performing professional women have been selected from 30 metro Atlanta companies to participate in Pathbuilders’ 2008 Achieva® class, a year-long professional development program designed for mid-level executive women with senior executive potential. Pathbuilders kicked off its 20th Achieva class on May 13 at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center.
“Over these 20 classes, we have positively impacted 300 companies and more than 2500 women,” said Helene Lollis, president of Pathbuilders. “This year, 13 executive-level women from Fortune-ranked organizations, who were themselves mentees in earlier classes, are serving as mentors in the program. A record 85 percent of our mentors are returning to participate in this year’s programs.”
Achieva includes one-on-one external mentoring with a senior executive to create a deep, professional relationship that challenges each participant to dramatically expand her perspectives.
“Much of the reward I take away from being a mentor is having the opportunity to personally impact the growth of an upwardly mobile woman,” said Jacqui Welch, six-time mentor, 1998 class alumna and vice president of Employee and Organizational Effectiveness at Rock-Tenn Company. “My relationships with my mentees have broadened my perspectives and have provided me with invaluable insights into my own organization.”
The program also includes educational sessions and peer networking to help position each woman as an influential leader within her organization. Participants learn how to build their executive presence, develop more strategic views and lead their companies toward greater success.
Pathbuilders offers professional development and mentoring programs designed to address each of the four key stages in a woman’s professional career:
Mentees in the 2008 Achieva program are sponsored by the following organizations:
Avon Products, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
Ernst & Young LLP
Georgia Power, a Southern Company
Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.
Heatcraft Refrigeration Products, LLC
Holder Construction Company
InfiCorp Holdings, Inc.
InterContinental Hotels Group
McKesson Provider Technologies
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Munich American Reassurance Company
Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC
Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The Weather Channel Interactive, Inc.