Friday, May 30, 2008

Pathbuilders, Inc. Launches 20th Achieva® Class: A Leadership Development Program for Women

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 years 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 womans professional career:

  • InsigniaSM focuses on entry-level women, up to two years into their careers.
  • PerceptaSM is tailored for junior-executive women learning to manage people and projects.
  • Achieva® is comprised of mid-level, high-potential women, recognized as having senior-executive potential in their organizations.
  • Inspiria® is designed for senior-level women leading and setting vision for their organizations.

Mentees in the 2008 Achieva program are sponsored by the following organizations:

AT&T Corporation

Avon Products, Inc.

Ceridian Corporation

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

Kimberly-Clark Corporation


McKesson Provider Technologies

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Munich American Reassurance Company

NCR Corporation

Oglethorpe Power Corporation

Piedmont Healthcare

ProCore Solutions

RBC Bank

Rock-Tenn Company

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC

Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Southern Company

The Weather Channel Interactive, Inc.

Verizon Wireless

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