Pathbuilders Celebrates 25th Achieva® Class Graduation

ATLANTA – Women from 31 companies graduated from the25th Pathbuilders Achieva®program on April 15, 2014.  A year-long curriculum focused on high-impact leadership, Achieva prepares participants to navigate their organization’s culture and politics, build executive presence, and lead their company toward greater success.  The result is a highly customized experience that challenges members through personal one-on-one mentoring supported by rich content, dialog and a strong peer network.

“These women are tenured professionals who are well-respected and celebrated for all that they have achieved for their companies,” says Helene Lollis, president of Pathbuilders.  “We are proud to make a difference in today’s organizations by developing women who are passionate about driving change and making success happen both within their workplaces and communities.”

Achieva focuses on guiding emerging executive women ready to contribute at a higher level toward becoming authentic high-impact leaders.  These teachings are further reinforced within their mentoring partnership, a professional experience that challenges the mentee to dramatically expand her perspective and immediately implement her newfound knowledge within her workplace.  Mid-level executives are paired with senior-level mentors and are guided toward building a powerful executive presence.

Five alumnae from the program were honored during the graduation with the Pathbuilders Inspiria® Award – an award given to women who continue to excel as leaders in their organizations; inspire others around them; and who support the practice of mentoring.  Honorees included:  Cathy Callaway Adams, EVP and COO at Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta;Ena Shaw, AVP of Customer Service for AT&T Corporation;LeighAnn Costley, Partner & Head of Tax at Frazier & Deeter;Karstin Bodell, Vice President of General Business Marketing at IBM; and Audra Dial, Atlanta Office Managing Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend.

The award for the Mentor of the Year was presented to Daniela Campari, VP of Client Services and External Innovation at Venadar, as a mentor who has gone above and beyond to help her mentee accomplish her identified goals and objectives.  

“Daniela was one of my first calls when I encountered a challenging situation at work,” said Joey Nord, Senior Manager of Internal Communications at McKesson Corporation, of her mentor.  “The principles we had discussed were no longer academic.  I had an opportunity to put into practice some of the things we’d been working on together in real-time – from improving my strategic thinking to learning how to position my strengths to a new set of stakeholders who knew very little about my experience.” 

An outstanding mentee was also recognized at the ceremony.  Judy Train, VP of Product Development and Management at Cox Communications nominated Madeleine “Mat” McLean, Director of Process Safety Management at Colonial Pipeline, who was awarded with the Mentee of the Year award.

“Mat’s investment in the mentee-mentor partnership was demonstrated by the preparation she took to make each of our meetings successful,” shared Train.  “She took on a new role within the company during this past year, and I believe she’s well positioned to make the most of this position and consider taking on even more responsibility down the road.”

Women who graduate from Achieva have learned how to acquire the skills, status, responsibilities and respect that define a true executive. “Several women were promoted during the Achieva program,” Lollis stated.  “We anticipate hearing stories of prolonged success from these women as their careers progress.”

Graduates of the 2013-2014 Achieva program are from the following organizations:

22squared, Inc.

Assurant Specialty Property

Cisco Systems, Inc.

CSM Bakery Products

Colonial Pipeline Company

Cox Communications

EarthLink, Inc.


Equifax, Inc.

Exide Technologies

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Global Payments Inc.

Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.

Hire Dynamics


LeasePlan USA

McKesson Corporation

McKesson Provider Technologies

Millenia 3 Communications, Inc.

MiMedx Group, Inc.

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

Sciberus, Inc.

Solvay Specialty Polymers

SWM International

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Verizon Wireless

Wells Fargo Bank

Zep Inc.

Pathbuilders offers mentoring programs that prepare women to effectively navigate today’s complex business environment at each of the four key stages of their careers.  The four career stages include:

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.

Pathbuilders is currently in open enrollment for the upcoming 2014 Percepta class.  Percepta is six-month program that focuses on developing high-performing professional women and preparing them for leadership positions within their companies.  Percepta utilizes a unique methodology combining educational workshops, group mentoring and peer networking.  Enrollment closes on August 29, 2014; click here to access Pathbuilders Enrollment Forms.  For further information, contact Pathbuilders at 770-261-6570 or  

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.