Pathbuilders Celebrates 2013-2014 Percepta® Graduation

ATLANTA – Women from 26 companies graduated from the Pathbuilders Percepta® program on March 4, 2014 in Atlanta. Percepta is a 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.

“Most of these women have mastered the technical aspects of their jobs and are ready to have greater impact, and for that they need a broader understanding of the inner-workings of their organizations and what it takes to be successful,” says Helene Lollis, president of Pathbuilders, Inc. “Our impact on organizations is how we are transforming the very people that will take the business to the next level.”

Percepta focuses on increasing awareness – both personal and organizational – and improving decision-making skills to help women position themselves for success. These learnings are further reinforced within their mentoring groups during the monthly educational workshops, so that mentees can identify areas of improvement and can immediately apply these learnings to their organizations.  

Junior-executive high-potential women are paired with more senior-level mentors based on career aspirations and common challenges.  These mentors help guide their development and position them to have greater impact on their companies.

The award for the 2013-2014 Outstanding Mentor was presented to Maria Gallahue-Worl, Global Business Manager of Healthcare at Solvay Specialty Polymers. Gallahue-Worl is a 2008 Pathbuilders Achieva® graduate and a four-time Percepta mentor.

“As a result of Maria’s mentorship, I have a greater confidence in my professional journey and excitement about all that I still have to learn,” Anne Stewart Forbes of Merial Limited said.  “She was instrumental in making my Percepta experience a positive one, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be in her group.”

Forbes was part of the mentee group that recognized Gallahue-Worl, which also included Jean Coddington of Verizon Wireless and Cecile McDougall of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

An outstanding group of mentees was also recognized at the session by their mentor, Katerina Gavalas, Director of Sales Services Center at McKesson Corporation. Women from this peer learning group included Cristina Cowan of Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta; Danna Gulley of Graphic Packaging International, and Kimberly Bordoni of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

“My mentees truly sought to take the learnings from this program and apply them in their work settings,” shared Gavalas. “I am so proud of how quickly they have started to make positive changes in their professional and personal lives that will set them up for future success. Their desire to make a difference in their own careers as well as impact their business is admirable.”

Women who graduate from Percepta are ready to take on additional challenges and manage more significant key initiatives, projects and teams.

“Several women were promoted during the course of the program,” Lollis stated.  “And we anticipate hearing additional success stories from these women as the year progresses.” 

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.   

Graduates of the 2013-14 Percepta program are from the following organizations: 

22squared, Inc., AGCO Corporation, Assurant Solutions,, Beazer Homes, CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A., Cisco Systems, Inc., Coloplast, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Gas South, LLC, Georgia Power, a Southern Company, Graphic Packaging International, Inc., Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP, Holder Construction Company, InComm, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, KPMG LLP, LeasePlan USA, McKesson Corporation, Merial Limited, NCR Corporation, OFS, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Post Properties, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., UCB, Inc. and Verizon Wireless.

Pathbuilders is currently in open enrollment for their upcoming Achieva 2014 class. Pathbuilders Achieva is a high-impact year-long executive development program that prepares high-potential, mid-level women to meet the challenges of leadership in today's complex business world. Personal and direct mentoring is supported by rich content and proven methodologies.

Enrollment closes on April 1, 2014; click here to access Pathbuilders Enrollment Forms.  For further information, contact Pathbuilders at 770-261-6570 or   

“We are honored to offer companies the opportunity to nominate and enroll their high-potential women in a career enhancing program that develops their talent and strengthens their professional networks,” says Lollis.  “Matching each woman with an experienced executive mentor is the key component that ties the entire experience together.” 

Pathbuilders is also in open enrollment for the next Percepta class. Enrollment closes on Sept. 2, 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 400 client organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and government agencies. More information can be found at on LinkedIn and Twitter.