2015 Marks a Year of Unprecedented Growth as Pathbuilders Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Pathbuilders, an Atlanta-based professional mentoring and leadership development company, celebrated its 20th year in 2015. The company continued to launch many successful initiatives aligned with its mission to develop high-performing women, and experienced remarkable growth through partnerships with global industry-leading companies.

It has been a banner year for Pathbuilders, an Atlanta-based professional mentoring and leadership development company that celebrated its 20th year. Pathbuilders continued to launch many successful initiatives aligned with its mission to develop high-performing women, and experienced remarkable growth through partnerships with global industry-leading companies. Pathbuilders experienced a 35 percent rate of growth this year and has nearly doubled in revenue over the last three years.

Founded in 1995, Pathbuilders uniquely focused on creating gender-diverse organizations by developing professional women through mentoring and leadership development. A single mentoring class for mid-career women has since expanded to include a full complement of cross-company mentoring programs: InsigniaSM, Percepta®, Achieva® and Inspiria®. Each of these programs is tailored to address the specific needs of professional women across the four key developmental stages of a career.

Success in these programs has continued over the past two decades. This year, the Pathbuilders team launched its largest Percepta class welcoming over 100 women from 41 companies with a focus on preparing new and aspiring managers to deliver results in complex work environments. Through a proven methodology that combines mentoring, interactive workshops, and peer networking, Percepta graduates are ready for the next step in their careers.

Percepta mentors are themselves graduates of Pathbuilders Achieva—a mentoring program focused on mid-level female leaders positioned for senior leadership responsibilities in their organizations. The Achieva program has experienced similar growth and success this year with a record number 43 companies sponsoring participants, including Cisco Systems, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power Company, IHG, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Primerica, Turner Broadcasting System and Verizon Wireless.

Bookending these two cross-company programs are Insignia for entry-level women establishing credibility, developing self-awareness, learning to set priorities, and gaining insight into how the business works, and Inspiria maximizing the personal impact of senior-executive leaders — creating cultures where others seek and achieve extraordinary success. These two growing mentoring programs have successfully impacted the careers of high-caliber mentors and mentees.

“Today it is a business imperative to focus on growing female leaders, and studies consistently demonstrate the positive financial impact of attracting, retaining and developing key female talent,” said Helene Lollis, president and chief executive officer of Pathbuilders. “Over the past two decades, Pathbuilders has helped organizations to strategically build pipelines of high-performing women, and it’s exciting to know that we’re positively impacting our clients and their people every day.”

Complementing Pathbuilders’ cross-company mentoring portfolio is its custom programming for organizations focused on creating a mentoring culture for both women and men, further developing their leadership bench or launching a women’s initiative inside their organization. The success and expansion of these programs have been a key element of the company’s growth strategy. These initiatives are customized to the specific needs of each client, such as LeasePlan USA’s Insight leadership initiative designed and delivered by the Pathbuilders team already with its second cohort, having recently graduated 22 employees from its first class.

A growing number of internal mentoring programs have rounded out the Pathbuilders roster, including partnerships with IHG, Gas South and Invesco. Pathbuilders has brought formal mentoring programs to support two different employee resource groups at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a Fortune 200 consumer and healthcare products company. Based in part on the success of the program sponsored by their women’s network, Kimberly-Clark won the prestigious 2014 Catalyst Award which honors innovative initiatives that expand leadership and opportunities for women and business.

Pathbuilders has partnered with several global clients to develop leadership development programs and enterprise-wide women’s initiatives, including surveys, studies, and turnkey employee-facilitated programs. Infor Global Solutions’ first women’s initiative, Women’s Infor Network (WIN) engages certified WIN facilitators to gather more than 1,200 women across eight countries and conduct discussion groups that build upon a broader Infor professional development curriculum created by Pathbuilders. Organizations such as Holder Construction and Millicom have followed suit with similar initiatives focused on building and strengthening gender diversity as a business imperative.

“We view our success as a reflection of the success of each client and every one of our mentees, mentors and program participants,” said Lollis. “We are grateful to partner with leaders at amazing organizations who view their talent as their most valuable asset. Our passion for our work, and our commitment to flawless execution comes from our ability to practice what we preach, and we have built a phenomenal team that drives our success every day.”

Additional information about the mentoring programs offered by Pathbuilders for different career stages and its custom programming may be found at http://www.pathbuilders.com.

About Pathbuilders, Inc.
Pathbuilders transforms top talent into high-impact leaders who move business forward. Through customized programming, Pathbuilders leverages a model that effectively combines mentoring, educational workshops, and interactive peer exchange to accelerate the career growth of individuals and directly contribute to the bottom-line success of client organizations. Pathbuilders was founded in 1995 with a unique focus on developing the potential of high-performing women and creating gender-diverse leadership teams. Today, Pathbuilders leverages the corporate experience of its team to develop impactful developmental experiences for high-potential women and men in forward-thinking organizations. Pathbuilders has worked with nearly 4,000 professionals from more than 400 client organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and government agencies. More information can be found at http://www.Pathbuilders.com on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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