Number of Pathbuilders Percepta Graduates Reach All-Time High

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Over 85 Atlanta-area women now poised to make substantial impact on their organizations

More than 85 women from 31 companies graduated from the 2017-2018 Pathbuilders Percepta® program on March 6, 2018 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Percepta is a high-impact group mentoring program focused on helping women who have mastered the technical aspects of their jobs and are ready to have a greater impact on their organizations. The six-month program leverages a proven methodology that integrates mentoring, educational workshops and peer exchange.

“Percepta is about women who are ready to take on additional challenges and manage more significant initiatives, projects and teams within their companies. My mentees are more self-aware and organizationally aware because of their participation in the program,” said mentor Renita Anderson, Market Development Manager, PrintPack.

The women Anderson mentored were Roxanna Carter, Correspondent Account Services Officer for CenterState Bank, Kellie Thomas, Supply Chain Analyst for Novelis, and Catherine Warrington, Senior Recruiter for Colonial Pipeline Company. This group of mentees were recognized and celebrated as an Outstanding Mentee Group for the program.

A highlight of graduation is the recognition and celebration of the Outstanding Mentor of the program. Each year, there are those mentors who go above and beyond to make Percepta an even more impactful experience for the mentees. Caron Cone, Vice President of Human Resources for ADP, was given the “Outstanding Mentor” award for the 2017 Fall Percepta program.

“Caron gave me the courage to speak up. She also helped me think about the bigger picture and be more conscious about why I do things and how I should be doing them to maximize value,” Barbara Jeol, Portfolio Manager at Landis+Gyr.

Jeol’s peers included Sunshine Levin, Product Marketing Manager for SalesLoft and Aaren Smith, IT Project & Communications Coordinator for Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.    

The amazing group of mentors, mid-level executives from leading Atlanta organizations, all positively impacted their mentees both personally and professionally, developing them to be better leaders.

“Having a person outside of my organization who provides thoughtful, focused feedback has benefited me even in the short six months of the program. My mentor’s counsel and encouragement helped me become more confident and less passive in my career,” said Lela Somoza, Lead Financial Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. “Sometimes all it takes to help you transform is for someone to make themselves available, listen, and provide constructive feedback to help you look at things differently.”

Women who participated in the program covered a core program curriculum including developing a corporate image and persona, building credibility and influence, mapping career paths, identifying skill gaps, improving communication skills, and understanding the unwritten rules that guide an organization.

Over the last 15 years, Pathbuilders has graduated nearly 1,000 mentees through the Percepta program, many of whom have demonstrated a solid track record of improved performance upon completion. Participants from companies such as Turner Broadcasting System, Cox Communications, Holder Construction Company, Verizon Wireless, Solvay SA, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Junior Achievement of Georgia have shared professional successes and organizational impact which results in recommendations for colleagues and additional direct reports to participate in the Percepta program year after year.

Participants in the 2017 Fall Percepta program are from the following organizations:
AMB Group, LLC
AT&T Corporation
CenterState Bank
City of Atlanta
Colonial Pipeline Company
Comcast Cable
Cox Communications, Inc.
Cox Media
Cricket Wireless
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Gas South, LLC
Genuine Parts Company
Georgia Department of Public Health
Global Payments
Graphic Packaging International
Mondi Group
PruittHealth, Inc.
SENKO Advanced Components, Inc
Slalom Consulting, LLC
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
The Kroger Company
ViaSat, Inc.

Additional information about Percepta and the other mentoring programs offered by Pathbuilders for different career stages may be found at

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 500 client organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and government agencies. More information can be found at on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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