Pathbuilders 'Women of Influence' Panelists Discuss Opportunities, Challenges for Women in Leading Organizations

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ATLANTA, Ga., March 24 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- With more than 100 women in attendance, Pathbuilders presented a program entitled "Women of Influence - Navigating Organizations with Few Female Leaders." The sold-out event was held on Friday, March 11 and featured lively and thought-provoking conversation among panelists, along with energetic audience Q&A.

Panelists included Major General Maria Britt, Commanding General of the Georgia Army National Guard; Kris Wooten, SVP, Finance at CNN Worldwide; and Sharon James Jordan, SVP, Operations & Systems at Chartis Aerospace Insurance Services, Inc. The conversation was moderated by Laura Lee Gentry, Vice President, Talent, Strategy & Implementation, CSM Bakery Supplies North America.

Gentry asked panelists to comment on topics ranging from professional development to work-life integration to career planning.

"One of the most impactful learning experiences of my career was participating in an individualized leadership development program," said Wooten. "The opportunity to have access to a network of my peers opened the door for me to shared resources, effective feedback, and new learnings."

Panelists discussed the opportunities and challenges facing women in male-dominated organizations, as well as the role mentoring plays in moving women forward to reach senior-level leadership.

"It is important to seek female and male mentors from across functional areas and various levels," said Jordan. "I have benefited tremendously from these experiences, and I now passionately work to pay it forward as a mentor to others."

The Continua® program, which sponsored the event, is designed for women who have graduated from one of Pathbuilders' external mentoring programs. Through Continua, graduates benefit from exposure to leading-edge business practices and speakers, access to a diverse network of business professionals and the opportunity to share experiences with peers.

About Pathbuilders Inc.:

Pathbuilders partners with Fortune-ranked organizations to develop high-performing individuals through mentoring, executive development programs and consulting. Through highly-customized talent management offerings, Pathbuilders accelerates the career growth of individuals and directly contributes to 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 organizations. Today, Pathbuilders leverages the corporate experience of its leadership team to develop impactful developmental experiences for high-potential men and women in forward thinking organizations. Pathbuilders has worked with more than 3,000 professionals from more than 300 client organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, college and universities, and government agencies.

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