ATLANTA – Pathbuilders brought together over 110 women from across the southeast to launch the 16th class of Percepta, a unique group mentoring program with interactive developmental workshops and peer networking.
Mentees gathered at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta to meet their peers and mentors for a half-day session which laid the groundwork for partnerships. Natalia Higgins, Director of Client Account Management at ADP, said, “I walked away from the Percepta Kick-Off reenergized about my professional development. I can see already how much I will grow and learn from the program, the mentors, and the women participating.”
The Fall 2017 mentee cohort is made up of 84 women with proven track records of professional success and are looking to step ahead in their careers. Over the course of the six-month program, Percepta mentees learn to deliver results in complex work environments. The participants learn about an array of topics such as managing their personal brands and understanding corporate culture from subject matter experts with an average of 20 years of experience in organizations such as Assurant Specialty Properties and The Coca-Cola Company.
Percepta mentors range from senior managers to vice presidents with diverse professional backgrounds and experiences. Many of the women who volunteer to serve as mentors are graduates of Pathbuilders’ Achieva® program, a year-long one-on-one mentoring program that positions mid-level female leaders for senior leadership responsibilities in their organizations. These women value the mentoring experience and want to give back to those who are following behind them.
“I’m eager to begin my third year as a mentor to a group of high-performing women. It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of a structured program that focuses on preparing professionals for the next step in their careers. Percepta gives me the opportunity to share my career experiences with my mentees while learning from each of their unique perspectives,” stated Inger Garnett, Vice President, Medical Policy Operations at Cotiviti. Garnett is a graduate of the 2014 Achieva program and has since mentored in Percepta.
Mentoring is the core of Pathbuilders’ unique approach to developing female talent. Pathbuilders has developed programs for each of the four stages in a woman’s career. Percepta is designed for female managers and strong individual contributors in stage two of their careers – they have mastered the technical aspects of their jobs and are ready to impact their organizations. Percepta matches women to one or two peers who have similar developmental needs and are facing the same issues. Each group is then matched with the mentor who is best positioned to help the mentees reach their goals. This group setting creates a safe, open environment where mentees can discuss their goals and issues, positioning them for success in their organizations.
Now more than ever, organizations are building their pipelines by prioritizing the development of their high-potential female talent. “Our clients’ dedication to moving women forward in their organizations has been overwhelming,” stated Helene Lollis, president and chief executive officer of Pathbuilders. “Organizations that understand the importance of building a gender diverse pipeline and the role that developing female talent plays in creating gender diverse organizations are inherently more successful. We are glad that our message has been resonating with more organizations in recent years.”
Over the last 13 years, Pathbuilders has graduated over 900 mentees through the Percepta program, many of whom have demonstrated a solid track record of improved performance upon completion. Mentees and mentors from companies such as Turner Broadcasting System, Cox Communications, Mercedes-Benz USA, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power Company, and The Home Depot have shared professional successes and continue to send their top female talent through the Pathbuilders programs year after year.
Pathbuilders is delighted to partner with these 30 organizations to develop their female talent in the Fall 2017 Percepta class:
AMB Group, LLC
Colonial Pipeline Company
Cox Communications, Inc.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Gas South, LLC
Genuine Parts Company
Georgia Department of Public Health
Graphic Packaging International
SENKO Advanced Components, Inc.
Slalom Consulting, LLC.
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
The Kroger Company
Enrollment for the Spring 2018 Percepta class is open until October 31. Additional information about Percepta and the other mentoring programs offered by Pathbuilders for the four career stages may be found at www.pathbuilders.com or by calling 770-261-6570.