Pathbuilders Celebrates 2015–2016 Achieva® Class Graduation

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Seventy-five women in Pathbuilders' year-long mentoring and leadership development program engaged in unique one-on-one mentoring relationships with senior executives, participated in monthly educational workshops, and connected in monthly peer group sessions with other high-performing professional women.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Pathbuilders graduated 75 women from the 2015–2016 Achieva class. Achieva is one of Pathbuilders’ four cross-company programs designed to develop high-performing women who aim to build an executive presence and excel as high-impact leaders within their organizations.

Tuesday’s event marked the close of this year-long mentoring and leadership development program. Over the year, program participants engaged in unique one-on-one mentoring relationships with senior executives in the Atlanta area, participated in monthly educational workshops and connected in monthly peer group sessions with other participants in the program.

The graduation featured an executive panel who discussed various approaches to and examples of creating and driving a high-performing culture. Panelists included André Anderson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Engagement at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Pat Falotico, Chief Executive Officer of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership; Meredith Hodges, Vice President of Human Resources and External Affairs at Gas South, LLC; and Guido Sacchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Global Payments, Inc. Together, they tied together concepts from the year-long program and inspired the audience of mentees, mentors and the mentees’ managers to continue to grow as leaders.

Another highlight of graduation each year is the recognition and celebration of the Outstanding Mentee and Mentor of the Year. Each year, there are those mentees and mentors who go above and beyond to make Achieva an even more enriching experience for their partners. Pathbuilders recognized Sigrid Stropnik, Finance Director at The Coca-Cola Company as the Outstanding Mentee of the Year. Stropnik was recognized for her commitment to the program and how she leveraged program learnings to contribute to her organization at a higher level. Also recognized is an outstanding mentor who goes above and beyond and helps his/her mentee accomplish her identified goals, finds unique ways to challenge his/her mentee or helps the mentee overcome a particularly challenging hurdle. The amazing group of mentors all positively impact their mentees both personally and professionally, developing them to be better leaders. This year’s Outstanding Mentor of the Year is Jill Ratliff, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Assurant Specialty Property.

“I received so much practical guidance, insight and wisdom from my mentor Jill,” said Bronagh Lavery, Director, Content Strategy Business Design at Intercontinental Hotels Group and Ratliff’s mentee. “Her guidance helped me reach my full potential both professionally and personally.”

The Pathbuilders series of progressive professional development programs includes:

  • Insignia℠: Entry-level women establishing credibility, developing self-awareness, learning to set priorities and gaining insight into how the business works.
  • Percepta®: Emerging leaders learning to think broadly, manage others and make conscious choices – driving their careers and achieving exceptional business results.
  • Achieva®: Mid-level managers with the potential to be senior leaders – learning to navigate politics, building executive presence and moving the company’s most critical initiatives forward.
  • Inspiria®: Senior executives positioning themselves to have maximum impact – envisioning and creating cultures where others seek and achieve extraordinary success.

Participants in the 2015–2016 Achieva program are from the following companies:
22squared Inc.
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Assurant Solutions, Inc.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Autotrader, Inc.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Coca-Cola Enterprises
Colonial Pipeline Company
Cox Communications
Equifax, Inc.
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Genuine Parts Company
Georgia Power Company
Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.
Hire Dynamics
Holder Construction Company
HomeTeam Pest Defense, Inc.
iHealth Technologies
InterContinental Hotels Group
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Manhattan Associates, Inc.
McKesson Corporation
Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Post Properties, Inc.
Primerica, Inc.
Rollins, Inc.
Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC
Southern Nuclear Operating Company
SWM International
Technology Association of Georgia
The Coca-Cola Company
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Verizon Wireless
YKK Corporation of America
Zep Inc.

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 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 on LinkedIn and Twitter @Pathbuilders.

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