Success Stories

Our Pathways Team has inspired, empowered and transformed thousands of lives for over 34 years through increasing participants emotional intelligence.

Hear directly from our graduates what has made Pathways such a transformative experience!

“Before coming to Pathways, I was doing well in my life in terms of marriage and work, but life was taking it’s toll on me in a way that was making me old before my time. All of my disappointments in life seemed to be really hard to get over – like not being able to have children and having my company sold and then dissolved. Basically, I was stuck in suffering through losses and unable to really get out from under a cloud of grief. I also tended to be nervous in groups and uneasy in social situations – which made having new friends difficult. Being that we didn’t have children, we had a real need for family and community that was like a big hole in our life. The hardest issue was that if I was around people that were angry for any reason, it caused me to pull away. This caused problems personally and professionally, as it made me only comfortable with really calm, “nice” people. Last, but not least, my marriage had always been a bit of a partial commitment, that I was never sure really fit me well – and I was more distant from my husband than I openly recognized.

A friend from work suggested Pathways as something I’d enjoy – even if I already knew most of it. Since it was put out as something that I’d like doing – it seemed easy to go ahead and sign up. My Basic Course gave me a chance to really move through some of the losses that had happened and let them go for good. It also showed me that there was a big gap in how I felt about my marriage compared to what I was saying openly to my husband. By finally taking a honest look at the fears and concerns that were between us, we became much closer and could begin to really build the relationship we both wanted.

Since going to Basic several years ago, I’ve been able to create a life that is much more fulfilling and has a lot more fun in each day. I have more friends than I would have ever thought would be possible for someone like me who hates to make new friends. My career has flourished since I’ve gained the confidence to deal with a wide variety of people and can accept myself and others much more easily. “My marriage has been the greatest gift from Basic, because our home is now a place of complete commitment and a loving relationship with more closeness than we ever had before. Since my husband has also gone to Basic, he has also built the skills to show how he much he cares on a daily basis and we steer away from creating needless conflicts that were really a way used to relieve stress.” I have lost my doubts about why I married my husband and now know – it’s because we create the home together we both want to enjoy for as long as life allows.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Cheryl Jekiel

Cheryl Jekiel

CEO of Lean Leadership Center

“I was at a turning point in my life where I needed perspective based on who I thought I was vs. how I was showing up in my relationships. I attended Basic followed by Advanced in 2002, and keeping momentum on my growth with Leadership in 2003. The courses opened new dreams inside of me and my life took off. I had never valued my talents and shied away from the lime light never having the confidence to follow through with my dreams.

After attending the classes all that changed. Each goal I set led me closer to living the life I was meant to live. I began my journey by changing careers and starting over with culinary school. I moved to France to study under an amazing chef and learned about whole ingredients. This stirred my passion for “clean, simple and sexy cooking”! In 2005 I opened a culinary studio that I used to explore the various ways food can bring people together and ultimately change lives. As I began to transform professionally, personally my life changed as well. I participated in cross training, marathons and triathlons and in 2009 I earned the esteemed title of Ironman!

By accomplishing so many of the goals I set out to achieve, I’ve been so fortunate that my story has connected with so many others. From local to national television appearances to magazines and trade publications, I share my passion for simple foods, prepared healthfully.

From being named an “Industry Innovator” to winning a nationally televised Weight Watchers Cooking Competition., I’ve been recognized as “The New Face of a Healthy Cooking”. Though my work doesn’t completely define me, I can tell you that being in alignment with my purpose is what makes my accomplishments so special to me. I can tell you that my journey has not been easy by any means. But I can also tell you that with all of the tools and lessons I’ve learned, I am living the life I had always dreamed, but never thought was possible. It all started with doing something differently, for once in my life, by simply attending a weekend course called Pathways.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Ryan Hutmacher

Ryan Hutmacher

“The Centered Chef”

“The Pathways Leadership Course has brought many things to my life. Now 14 months after completing the course, I have a job I enjoy, and a leadership team who support and care about my growth. It also gave me the opportunity to take all the tools I gained in the Basic and Advanced Courses and put them into practice. I am now able to ask for what I want personally and at work, and also hold people accountable for the things they said they were going to do, but in a loving and caring way. This opportunity to “practice” was invaluable and I carry these tools with me daily.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Candace Barnes

Candace Barnes

Diversity Recruitment Program Manager

“My wife, Michiyo, and I took Basic and Advanced together. It changed our lives. Since then we have gone through many transitions, moving from Ohio to Japan and then Los Angeles. We had fallen out of practicing what we had learned in Pathways and wanted a chance to reconnect. We were hoping pathways Couples could help us with this.

It did that and more. It reconnected us and made us more intimate. Beyond that, it gave us the tools to communicate and resolve our differences and talk through our issues.
I would highly recommend the course to anyone that has taken the Basic or Advanced programs. It will be a great learning experience and bring you closer as a couple.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Mitch & Gary

Mitch & Gary Evert

“I strongly recommend Pathways corporate and public courses to HR leaders and organizations interested in optimizing the performance of their employees, leaders and teams. I have often said that I wish everyone I work with and care about in my life would attend one of these programs. If they did, we would all be better able to achieve outcomes beyond our imaginations, professionally and personally.

Each course is built on a foundation that teaches participants to look at what they are doing or not doing in their lives and how they show up in relation to others that is getting in their way of achieving the things they say are important to them and/or team goals. Participants learn fundamental skills around how to hold oneself and others accountable, how to communicate to achieve desired outcomes, how to support colleagues in achieving goals and how to come from a place of personal leadership in all that one does to achieve the best possible outcomes.

I have used the corporate course with a global team of HR leaders from all over the world helping the overall effectiveness of the team to go up. I also encourage and support employees in attending the public courses because I know when they do, they will come back on fire to deliver even greater things in their lives and to our company. I have seen it over and over again the impact of these courses on the overall health and performance of people and organizations.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Susan Schmitt

Susan Schmitt

Group Vice President, Head of Human Resources

“I have worked with Sue in several capacities including as a client, as a service provider, and as a colleague. Sue is a dedicated, committed, compassionate, and powerful person who has inspired and supported me in achieving personal and professional dreams I had previously thought unreachable. Additionally, Sue and the Pathways organization have supported my family, friends, and co-workers in creating the same dramatic results in their own lives that I have seen in mine.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Troy Hardeman

Troy Hardeman

Chief Information Officer

“Because of Pathways, I have seen many things change in every aspect of my life. The most obvious and measurable has been financially. Not only did my income increase by more than 300%, but because of Pathways, I learned to keep accountable to a budget which relieved financial stress and allowed my girlfriend and I to begin paying off overwhelming debt.
Pathways tools not just saved the relationship with the love of my life once, but twice. Because of Pathways, we are on a road to creating the kind of relationship we both want, while raising our son together. Today we are engaged to be married and the closeness we now have is one we never had before and I personally never thought would exist.

I have been fortunate enough to be a part of a family which my parents, 2 older brothers, myself, my fiancée, and younger sister have all gone through the courses. We have had several horrible tragedies in my family that I have seen rip other families apart. But we as a family have supported one another and have gotten through it. Our bond and love as a family becomes greater every time we have worked through these tragedies. I can honestly say that if it was not for Pathways, we would not be a family anymore at all. No contact with one another, parents divorced, no family in any way. The unconditional love I have received from my family and through these courses is one I hope everyone will experience one day.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Derek Cahill

Derek Cahill

CEO & Founder

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Basic Course

“I had trepidation about attending Pathways because I did not believe I needed any help and that I was managing my pending divorce just fine. Wrong! I learned that I was not trusting those that are closest to me nor listening to them, including myself. I have attended the Basic Course and realized there are better ways. My self confidence around my intuition is restored, I now rely on those closest to me for support and my family has grown. While there is no magic wand to get me through the divorce, I am managing it in a much more effective manner. As a result I have found ways to become closer to those around me by trusting myself and working from a place of love versus bitterness. I look forward to my new beginnings and all that brings.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Tim Berner

Tim Berner

Strategic Planning & Implementation Team

“I really did not know what to expect when I decided to attend the Basic Course. I can now say that “the power of this material and the delivery is indescribable, and I truly walked away with a whole lot more awareness and positive outlook than I had ever gotten with my years of cognitive therapy.” The power of numbers and the love and camaraderie experience. I plan on continuing and attending the Advanced Course.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Richard Jarrouj

Richard Jarrouj

Restaurant Manager

“I had reached a point where I thought to myself “there has to be more to life than this. During my Basic Course I focused on ME. I learned the gift of ACCEPTANCE, I walked away with an Invisible Tool belt which supports me on bumps in my life. I realized that I too had DREAMS to fulfill. I got to find the missing piece to my puzzle…my essence.

What I learned at the Basic Course was I went to school and became a Licensed Esthetician and Make up Artist (life long dream). I currently work in NYC and have a job I truly love going to daily – a true blessing these days. With the tools I have gained I was able to create openness and create a healthy team atmosphere. On a personal level, my world grew bigger and better with amazing friends and support. My relationship with my children is beyond what I have ever imagined. MY GREATEST GIFT from Basic is my relationship with MYSELF…. is realizing MY LIFE is my responsibility and THE OUTCOME is based on my COMMITMENT and how well I manage my FEAR. Quite liberating for me.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Anna Parreira

Anna Parreira

Executive Administrator

“Basic for me was a wake up call when I was not even awake, I was asleep. I left the course with powerful tools and a heightened sense of awareness, excited about what I could create for myself and my family. My life today is beyond the dreams I had, it is more than I could ask for!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Web Bromley

Web Bromley

Sr. Manager of Software Development

“I used to define myself by what I was in my career and now I define myself by my strengths in what I am creating. Before Pathways, I was climbing someone else’s ladder and holding back. Today, I build my own. Above co-founding a successful non-profit within the arts and healthcare industry, my creativity helped me shape and nurture strong friendships and loving relationships that enrich my life. Often I stop to feel the gratitude of what I have created in just 32 years and excitement for the limitless possibilities yet to come.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Ellie Rose

Ellie Rose

Co-Founder & President

“Before coming to Pathways, I was doing well in my life in terms of marriage and work, but life was taking it’s toll on me in a way that was making me old before my time. All of my disappointments in life seemed to be really hard to get over – like not being able to have children and having my company sold and then dissolved. Basically, I was stuck in suffering through losses and unable to really get out from under a cloud of grief. I also tended to be nervous in groups and uneasy in social situations – which made having new friends difficult. Being that we didn’t have children, we had a real need for family and community that was like a big hole in our life. The hardest issue was that if I was around people that were angry for any reason, it caused me to pull away. This caused problems personally and professionally, as it made me only comfortable with really calm, “nice” people. Last, but not least, my marriage had always been a bit of a partial commitment, that I was never sure really fit me well – and I was more distant from my husband than I openly recognized.

A friend from work suggested Pathways as something I’d enjoy – even if I already knew most of it. Since it was put out as something that I’d like doing – it seemed easy to go ahead and sign up. My Basic Course gave me a chance to really move through some of the losses that had happened and let them go for good. It also showed me that there was a big gap in how I felt about my marriage compared to what I was saying openly to my husband. By finally taking a honest look at the fears and concerns that were between us, we became much closer and could begin to really build the relationship we both wanted.

Since going to Basic several years ago, I’ve been able to create a life that is much more fulfilling and has a lot more fun in each day. I have more friends than I would have ever thought would be possible for someone like me who hates to make new friends. My career has flourished since I’ve gained the confidence to deal with a wide variety of people and can accept myself and others much more easily. “My marriage has been the greatest gift from Basic, because our home is now a place of complete commitment and a loving relationship with more closeness than we ever had before. Since my husband has also gone to Basic, he has also built the skills to show how he much he cares on a daily basis and we steer away from creating needless conflicts that were really a way used to relieve stress.” I have lost my doubts about why I married my husband and now know – it’s because we create the home together we both want to enjoy for as long as life allows.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Cheryl Jekiel

Cheryl Jekiel

CEO of Lean Leadership Center

Advanced Course

“What I got out of Pathways Advanced was my voice which in turn got me so many other things. Before I attended I was very quiet, did not stand up for myself, and was afraid of everything. I truly didn’t think I was smart and had nothing to say or contribute. All my conversations were in my head.

Today I’m not afraid of speaking up. I give myself the value I have. I am open and honest. I have an unconditionally loving relationship with my daughters, family and friends. I continue each day to develop those relationships to be closer and more loving. I am not afraid of my honesty. I inspire all people. I’m a motivator. I empower people to be in love with themselves and to live a life that is Free to be themselves!!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Isabel Ferriera

Isabel Ferriera

Beauty Consultant, Owner

“The Pathways Advanced class was the single most profound experience of my life. It is hard to believe that life-changing, realizations and experience happen at the Crowne Plaza in Northbrook. But it is true. Pathways and the students who choose to go on this remarkable journey transform these rooms into personal learning environments, trust me on this!!

Three and a half years ago, fresh from my basic class, I couldn’t imagine learning more and feeling more love about and for myself. I didn’t think I could have the kind of professional and person experiences that I have today. Advanced gave me the time, space and environment to stop and think about the map of my life. It gave me the chance, to not only reflect on the woman I wanted to be but act upon those reflections and make them real.

I often think about how many hours I have spent studying History, Mathematics or English Literature – about how much time I spent studying the lives of others. Advanced was just that – an advanced course in myself where the test is life. I am working on acing the test.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Lakshmi Rengarajan

Lakshmi Rengarajan

Advertising Professional, Founder

“I attended the Pathways Advanced Course in November 2016. Without a doubt, those 5 days were the most powerful and impactful days of my life. What I learned at Advance has allowed me to take my career to new heights, build a strong and loving relationship, and created a family dynamic that is built on trust and honesty. After seeing the growth and success that I have experienced, my parents and brothers have now gone through Basic and Advanced. I am truly proud of the special connection that we now share. Honestly, growing up I never thought that would be possible. Our family is so much closer and we communicate way better!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Matt Rosen

Matt Rosen

Plant Manager

“Advanced was an incredible gift – through the exercises in this course, I was able to find my voice again. I’ve become much clearer on who I am, and what I want to create in my life. The deep, inner work helped me dig through everything that had been holding me back to find my truth. Advanced taught me the skills and has given me the resources that I need to continue thriving in all areas of my life, especially my relationship with myself and my significant other. I hope everyone has the opportunity to take this course!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Hannah Ruben

Hannah Ruben

Social Media Director

“The first time I attended the Pathways Courses, I was in my teens. I remember struggling to find my footing and a path for me that made sense at this age, and after attending pathways for the first time I was able to discover who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. I attended the college I had always dreamed of and started my career with enthusiasm and a great sense of pride. I started my own business at the early age of 24, and it really started to take off. Now, at 32, I entered a similar phase in my life where my relationship with my fiancée, work, finances, etc were all starting to fail, and rapidly. I remember feeling anxious, depressed and lost. I remembered the impact pathways had on my life at an early age, so as an adult I knew I would find immense value in the programs again.

Now, after re-attending the Pathways Courses I feel reinvigorated, capable, and well equipped to take on the challenges during my adult life as a young entrepreneur. Without the help of these courses and the amazing staff challenging me in all the right ways, I’m not sure I would have had the tools necessary to create the momentum needed to succeed. My business is once again thriving and the relationships I have with friends and family are not only closer, but far more fun and fulfilling than I’d ever imagined possible.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Trevor Page

Trevor Page

President & CSO

“I was at a turning point in my life where I needed perspective based on who I thought I was vs. how I was showing up in my relationships. I attended Basic followed by Advanced in 2002, and keeping momentum on my growth with Leadership in 2003. The courses opened new dreams inside of me and my life took off. I had never valued my talents and shied away from the lime light never having the confidence to follow through with my dreams.

After attending the classes all that changed. Each goal I set led me closer to living the life I was meant to live. I began my journey by changing careers and starting over with culinary school. I moved to France to study under an amazing chef and learned about whole ingredients. This stirred my passion for “clean, simple and sexy cooking”! In 2005 I opened a culinary studio that I used to explore the various ways food can bring people together and ultimately change lives. As I began to transform professionally, personally my life changed as well. I participated in cross training, marathons and triathlons and in 2009 I earned the esteemed title of Ironman!

By accomplishing so many of the goals I set out to achieve, I’ve been so fortunate that my story has connected with so many others. From local to national television appearances to magazines and trade publications, I share my passion for simple foods, prepared healthfully.

From being named an “Industry Innovator” to winning a nationally televised Weight Watchers Cooking Competition., I’ve been recognized as “The New Face of a Healthy Cooking”. Though my work doesn’t completely define me, I can tell you that being in alignment with my purpose is what makes my accomplishments so special to me. I can tell you that my journey has not been easy by any means. But I can also tell you that with all of the tools and lessons I’ve learned, I am living the life I had always dreamed, but never thought was possible. It all started with doing something differently, for once in my life, by simply attending a weekend course called Pathways.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Ryan Hutmacher

Ryan Hutmacher

“The Centered Chef”

Leadership Course

“It’s been a bit more than a year since I took the Basic Course and to date I’ve completed the Advanced and Leadership Courses. The experiences I’ve had and people that I’ve met have been and are simply remarkable.

Coming in a year ago, I was working in the corporate world in a high stress environment, but didn’t really feel like anything was seriously ‘wrong’ with my life. As it turns out, I learned so much about myself and how I communicate with others that I’ve improved my quality of life and my relationships with those around me exponentially!

My stress level is lower, I’ve created infinitely closer relationships with those around me, and my overall outlook on life is far more positive and I am achieving things I never thought possible!

There really isn’t a bigger gift that you could give yourself by attending Basic – it opened up a whole new chapter in my life as I continue to grow!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Kat Dudkiewicz

Kat Dudkiewicz

Creative

“For me, the Leadership Course was by far the most powerful experience I’ve ever had in personal growth. To learn communication techniques that deepen relationships and draw others near even when there are difficult conversations that need to take place was an invaluable gift! The best part is that after I learned these skills, I was able to take them into my ‘real world’ and practice them while having the full love and support of my entire class to celebrate my successes and coach me through my struggles.

I practice the skills I learned at Leadership daily in my career, at home with my family and helping others be their personal best. If you want to find the courage inside yourself to do the great things you were made for, attend the Leadership Course. You will not be sorry!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Jodi Hall

Jodi Hall

Associate Wealth Management Advisor

“The Pathways to Successful Living Courses have changed my life. I feel so grateful to my company for telling me, and that I have been able to attend the Basic, Advanced and Leadership Courses. These courses are like NO other course I have ever been a part of and that is what I LOVE about them! The courses pushed me to think differently about how I show up in life and what kind of person I want to be. They provided me hands on, real life experiences which is what made the courses so impactful and easy to incorporate into my life.

The Leadership course provided me the tools and resources needed to make a difference in my life. Now that I have the tools, I am able to push myself to conquer my fears and be the leader I want to be to make a difference in my life personally and professionally. The Leadership Course also provided me a new found confidence around having effective conversations with the people in my life. The Pathways to Successful Living Courses gave me the tools needed so I can go out and make the greatest impact on my life.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Michelle Olson

Michelle Olson

Manager, Global Business Services

“The Leadership Course showed me how to take all the energy the Basic and Advanced Courses built up inside of me and carry it out into my life. I also met some amazing people and forged some powerful, meaningful, intimate, and lasting friendships. We have continued to support each other in getting what we want out of life. I can honestly say that the Leadership Course changed my life. I learned the tools and received the support to take on whatever is coming at me in life and to challenge me to keep chasing after my dreams.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Jeff Giambrone

Jeff Giambrone

Senior Business Analyst

“The lessons I learned in the Pathways Courses have been instrumental in helping me snap out of a cycle of self-limiting thoughts and behaviors, and put myself back on a path of abundance, joy, and unlimited potential. In each class I gained deeper insights into how I was holding myself back, and practical, actionable steps I could take to break to replace those old habits with healthier, more supportive ones.

In the final course, Leadership, I learned invaluable lessons about clarifying my assumptions, making win-win agreements, and holding others accountable – skills that serve me well both personally and professionally. I gained clarity around the kinds of relationships I wanted in my life, and how to create more open communication and understanding. And I tapped into my deepest source of motivation – the very thing that compels me forward in all that I do. And with that knowledge, with that passion, I simply feel unstoppable.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Sima Dahl

Sima Dahl

Speaker / Trainer / Coach

“The Pathways Leadership Course has brought many things to my life. Now 14 months after completing the course, I have a job I enjoy, and a leadership team who support and care about my growth. It also gave me the opportunity to take all the tools I gained in the Basic and Advanced Courses and put them into practice. I am now able to ask for what I want personally and at work, and also hold people accountable for the things they said they were going to do, but in a loving and caring way. This opportunity to “practice” was invaluable and I carry these tools with me daily.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Candace Barnes

Candace Barnes

Diversity Recruitment Program Manager

Couples Course

“The work that we did individually at Pathways taught us that we need to first start with self-love before we can be a good partner in a relationship. Taking care of ourselves, identifying what’s most important and recognizing the power of vulnerability prepared us for one another.

Together Pathways has given us the tools to communicate, to truly hear one another, and be open to each others perspectives. We set goals, establish agreements and hold each other accountable in a loving and kind manner. In our relationship it isn’t always 50-50, sometimes its 70-30. We think of ourselves as a team and we support one another when the other is struggling.

We’ve established a safe space that allows us to be direct, honest, loving, and kind. We are truly grateful to Sue and Pathways for providing such a wonderful experience.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Sarah and Brian

Brian Carter and Sarah Bodnar

“Pathways to Successful Living Courses helped to create a positive ripple effect in all areas of my life. I immediately saw how it improved the communication dynamics in my relationship with my now-Husband, Elias, thus allowing us to build a solid foundation of trust, openness, vulnerability, respect and love. THANK YOU, Pathways for setting these changes in motion!” – Joplin James Patras

“I am seeing such a huge shift in my life lately and I have Pathways to Successful Living Courses to thank for it! I have done Basic, Advanced, Leadership and have volunteered to be on staff for the courses. What I have gained from these workshops has really allowed me to strengthen my relationships, manifest what I want to happen in my life and to step out of fear to create amazing things. My relationship with my new husband is better because the tools that I learned in communication is clearer. I am a better listener and I am more cognizant of overreacting to a situation with a knee jerk response.” – Elias Patras

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Elias and Joplin Patras

Elias and Joplin Patras

“Our time at the Couples Course far exceeded anything we could have imagined! Not only did we enhance our relationship, but we learned how important it is for both of us to maintain our individuality which in turn strengthens our relationship even more. The experiential aspects during class time were one of the keys for us in taking our relationship to another level. We both love the course and highly recommend it.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - ChrisAnn Stachowiak & Ron Sasso

ChrisAnn Stachowiak & Ron Sasso

“My husband I are an older couple but we haven’t been married long. We were about to celebrate our 7th anniversary a week after attending Couples 2013. Because we did not have a long history together, we still did not know each others deepest selves. Couples moved us forward in our relationship by 20 years. We now have our history, our present and our future sewn all together in a nice package called love. We knew we were in love, but now we love, all of the person, the good and the bad. Couples opened up our hearts and eyes to each other in a way we did not know was possible. We feel privileged to have found this class to move us forward into the “happy ever after” life. It’s wonderful to be on the same page, speak the same language. Having a true life mate is amazing and Couples helped us to see each other with new eyes.

We are……living the dream!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Rosey Beth & Rooster Hendrix

Rosey Beth & Rooster Hendrix

“The tools and insights we gained from the courses have played an important role in helping us navigate the joys and challenges of our life together, like blending a family, pursuing two very active careers, supporting aging parents, and creating a strong and healthy marriage that works for us as a couple and each of us as individuals.

In the Couples Course, we learned about how both things we have in common and that are different work lovingly together to create the kind of intimacy, respect, and fun in our marriage that makes it an adventure we continue to cherish.

As a result of the impact the courses have had in our lives and our relationship, we are inspired to frequently give back to the organization through volunteer work and contributions to the scholarship fund, so that we can help support others in gaining these benefits in their lives as well. We are committed to continuing to share these life-enriching resources with others looking to created powerful positive changes in their relationships and careers.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Sabra and Paul Stuermer

Sabra and Paul Stuermer

“My wife, Michiyo, and I took Basic and Advanced together. It changed our lives. Since then we have gone through many transitions, moving from Ohio to Japan and then Los Angeles. We had fallen out of practicing what we had learned in Pathways and wanted a chance to reconnect. We were hoping pathways Couples could help us with this.

It did that and more. It reconnected us and made us more intimate. Beyond that, it gave us the tools to communicate and resolve our differences and talk through our issues.
I would highly recommend the course to anyone that has taken the Basic or Advanced programs. It will be a great learning experience and bring you closer as a couple.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Mitch & Gary

Mitch & Gary Evert

Business Courses

“Pathways Business Course has had an immediate positive impact on our sales team. We have developed more trust and respect through effective communication, integrity, clear goals and strategies. It has enabled us to bring together different points-of-view without losing clarity or focus. Our team feels empowered by the ability to hold ourselves and each other accountable, thereby creating more in less time. Our conversations are healthier and proactive which has lead to a motivated, committed culture within our team. Our ability to drive towards our common goals has never been better.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Marty Scaminaci

Marty Scaminaci

VP of Global Business Services

“Castle Farms is a world class historic property that focuses on the health and happiness of individuals, families and the community. We find that by supporting our full-time employees to attend the Pathways Courses, we are able to communicate on a level that most companies do not have the privilege. Our team members are more fulfilled and look for ways to support each other, instead of working against each other. We will even send our long-term employees with their spouses or close family members because we have found that when things are going well at home, our team is more productive on the job. We are a small company and conflict does arise, however by having the tools that Pathways Courses have provided we are able to come to agreements much quicker.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Anora O’Connor

Anora O’Connor

Executive Assistant

“POWERFUL!! I remember back to Basic and Advanced and saying that these courses have the potential to transform the hearts and minds of anyone who attends. The tools I learned have made me a more conscious father, husband and friend. Most importantly, a better friend to myself!

As far as business goes, when you go to a country and don’t speak the language, how do you feel? It’s the same thing in a business environment. When everyone speaks a common language and has tools to support each other with a win-win philosophy, you can create magical results and that is exactly what the Pathways Business Courses do!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Matt McMillin

Matt McMillin

Director of Culinary and Beverage Operations

“We began our family owned custom jewelry business almost 20 years ago. It has gone from a three person company to a 31 employee corporation. Our leadership team consists of Tom and I, and our two sons: Ches and Bret. Throughout the years we have experienced much success and have been met with some challenges. Family has and will continue to be the most important priority in our lives, and because of the structure of our business relationships must be nurtured 24-7. As the business grew, our employees have become like family. As you may have guessed, when you work with family sometimes there is conflict.

After our whole family and some employees participated in the Basic, Advanced and Leadership Courses, we realized that our business would benefit and continue to prosper if we brought in the Pathways Courses to our company.

It was an incredible experience of learning, and applying tools to our personal and professional lives that was specific to each person’s needs, experiences and interaction with co-workers. It was an opportunity to better understand our role in responding and reacting in a way that is conducive to positive communication. We found that the interactive cooperative learning environment taught us to put the lessons into action immediately. We used the tools to communicate and work through conflicts and develop relationships that were based on honesty and integrity.

Our employees and family learned how to cope and actively accept and initiate change in an organic environment. We were finally able to speak the same language and understand each other fully. The difference in our interactions and communication was immediate and continues to flourish. With most leadership courses the training ends the moment you walk out the door unlike Pathways where the support and learning continues long after. We are still very amazed that we can pick up the phone and still get wonderful support from the leaders and associates in the Pathways organization. If all corporations were to bring this learning process to their people the working world would become much more cohesive environment.

Our business is to sell memories; with Pathways we have been able to create memories!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - April and Tom Dougherty

April and Tom Dougherty

Jewelry Studio Owners

“The Management Basics Course engaged, challenged and empowered our entire group, which was comprised of managers at all business levels, with widely varied skillsets. We were able to identify our individual strengths, weaknesses and comfort zones, and worked collaboratively to explore strategies to lead more effectively. This multi-perspective approach gave us insight into the best way to communicate with our direct reports and peers, and gave us tools to foster a culture of trust, accountability and integrity”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Laura Schreiber

Laura Schreiber

Vice President of Onboarding & Development

“I strongly recommend Pathways corporate and public courses to HR leaders and organizations interested in optimizing the performance of their employees, leaders and teams. I have often said that I wish everyone I work with and care about in my life would attend one of these programs. If they did, we would all be better able to achieve outcomes beyond our imaginations, professionally and personally.

Each course is built on a foundation that teaches participants to look at what they are doing or not doing in their lives and how they show up in relation to others that is getting in their way of achieving the things they say are important to them and/or team goals. Participants learn fundamental skills around how to hold oneself and others accountable, how to communicate to achieve desired outcomes, how to support colleagues in achieving goals and how to come from a place of personal leadership in all that one does to achieve the best possible outcomes.

I have used the corporate course with a global team of HR leaders from all over the world helping the overall effectiveness of the team to go up. I also encourage and support employees in attending the public courses because I know when they do, they will come back on fire to deliver even greater things in their lives and to our company. I have seen it over and over again the impact of these courses on the overall health and performance of people and organizations.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Susan Schmitt

Susan Schmitt

Group Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Coaching

“I began working with Sue in 2004 through a recommendation from my manager on how to be more effective. He had worked with her and thought I would benefit. What I realized very quickly was that the tools and methods that Sue taught and role played can be applied to both my business and private life. As a resource kit, 8 years after completing the courses and working with Sue, I still refer on a consistent basis to the materials I learned. The methods are taught in a step by step manner, which makes it easy to implement later. The materials provided are clear and well put together.

If you have read management books like the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” only to wonder how you would implement those concepts – work with Sue. She provided tools for me to be better in my personal productivity, better at working in group settings, motivating teams and communicating to executives, my team and with my family. In addition, Sue’s classes have really supported me in my career progression and helped me focus on what is important… Thanks Sue!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant

Application Environment Support Bureau Director

“Sue supports teams and individuals to develop, support and achieve their purpose in life, career and family. She facilitates the development of personal contracts and goals that guide Individuals and Teams in maximizing their individual and joint potentials with their friends, family, co-workers and employers. Sue increases productivity, enhances relationships at home and at work and empowers individuals, families, teams and to resolve problems developing a win-win answer that serves all involved. I refer my clients to Sue and Pathways as I know that they will gain great benefit physically as well as emotionally.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Brian Penney

Brian Penney

Physician

“Reaching out to Sue for support was the best Christmas gift I gave my husband and I. I felt we weren’t communicating effectively as a married couple and wanted more from him than the one word answers I got after he had long hard day at work. I was using all the tools I had learned from attending Pathways and I was trying to get him to open up. I reached out to Pathways when I felt we were getting nowhere.

My husband had never gone through the courses so I set a time to speak with Sue. During the call my husband and I were able to identity what the other one was not saying along with the expectations we had of each other. By the end of the conversation, we were able to see each other’s view points and had tools on how to communicate more effectively with each other. It has been a few weeks since our call and we are still pointing things out that we learned from our call with Sue. We are now communicating more clearly and effectively and it has brought us closer and strengthened our relationship even more. I believe that Sue is gifted in working with couples! She makes things so easy that seem so difficult! Thank you Sue.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Danielle Roseland

Danielle Roseland

Freelancer / Coach

“Quite simply, Sue Paige is the woman I want to be when I grow up. She’s not only a mentor to me, she’s my hero. Through her tireless work with Pathways Courses, she has helped me (along with thousands of others) to fundamentally change my life. Before I met Sue, I was living the life I ‘had’ and after I met Sue, I was living the life I ‘wanted’.

I’ve worked with and learned from Sue as a student in the Basic, Advanced, Leadership and Couples Courses as well as received Coaching from her. And each time we meet – in the courses or out – I’m amazed by the wisdom and love she brings.

Sue is a true visionary, and I could never thank her enough for her dedication to bettering the world, so instead, I commit to living the lessons she’s taught me and embracing the tools she’s given me to the best of my abilities. I consider myself extremely lucky, honored and blessed to have Sue Paige in my life.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Stephanie Kelly

Stephanie Kelly

Associate Director, Creative Strategy

“My business is growing and I am able to expand my comfort zone and get more out of the work that I do. I have just recently gotten 2 new business adventures within a week. I reached for a goal of talking to a group of 150 people at the local YWCA and I am being flown to Omaha Nebraska to worth with employees from a Hospice Center.

If I did not have the tools from Pathways I would have been content to stay in my area, talk to about 20 people and be afraid to take a chance in growing. I probably would have had less productive talks with clients and friends. My husband and I benefit by using the tools that we have learned together so we both can grow and teach those tools for our growing family. I am forever grateful for the friendships that I have made and the connections that continue to grow due to Pathways Courses.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Elias Patras

Elias Patras

Business Owner

“I have worked with Sue in several capacities including as a client, as a service provider, and as a colleague. Sue is a dedicated, committed, compassionate, and powerful person who has inspired and supported me in achieving personal and professional dreams I had previously thought unreachable. Additionally, Sue and the Pathways organization have supported my family, friends, and co-workers in creating the same dramatic results in their own lives that I have seen in mine.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Troy Hardeman

Troy Hardeman

Chief Information Officer

General Testimonials

“I found the interactive approach used in these courses both creative and effective in enabling lasting change. I took the Pathways Basic Course 10 years ago and to this day I utilize the lessons learned. I then went on to take the Advanced and Leadership Courses and credit the courses with my deeper level of happiness and awareness. I would highly recommend taking the Pathways Courses to anyone and everyone. On a personal note, Sue Paige, the owner, is both hilarious and compassionate. She is a brilliant, dedicated, and charismatic speaker and thinker.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Mimi Apelqvest

Mimi Apelqvest

Managing Director-International

“It has been over 18 plus years since I first attended both Basic and Advanced and I’m still in awe of what the courses have done for my life and how the teachings have stayed with me thru the years. Today I feel that I look at the world thru a different more gentle set of eyes then I would have, had I not attended.

The teachings and exercises that I received from the courses have always helped me to process myself to a point of clarity in which I am capable of identifying the actual root of what my challenge may be at that particular moment. Once I have been able to do that I can move through the obstacle or challenge to attain what I was going after.

This process has become automatic as a part of who I am, how I think and behave and that is why I have stayed involved with Pathways throughout 18 years and will continue to do so till the day I stop learning, Through the courses I am always learning something new that supports me in attaining my goals and creating more intimacy in my life.

Since the courses and throughout the years I have experience love, joy, friendship, pain and success at a levels beyond my wildest dreams. With the communication tools that I learned, we were able to start up a company which celebrates its 18th birthday this year and up to recently was in four states. My life was forever altered in such a great way since attending the courses.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Joe Vieira

Joe Vieira

Owner

“I can’t even imagine living my life without the tools I have learned in Pathways. Basic taught me to look at everything in my life in a new light and Advanced allowed me to
move past the things that block me from living limitlessly. I most recently attended Basic (for the second time) to support my (estranged) husband going through the class.
Through this experience, we have created new possibilities for our marriage and are both committed to giving our complete commitment to creating a new life together. I thank God for Pathways.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Kaya Bromley

Kaya Bromley

Owner

“What Pathways has given me is a window into the power I have within me. It’s a power that I’ve always had inside of me and now I’ve learned to bring it to life. I fill up with emotions talking about it because I feel proud of myself and what I have created. I have an amazing relationship with my husband. A relationship that is intimate and spicy. We are able to work thru the rough times together and able to laugh together. It’s a relationship that I never thought I deserved, but I do. I’ve created it. And we have a beautiful daughter that brings such joy and love to our lives, we are excited that we get to raise her with tools that foster self esteem and self love.

I’ve also created amazing things at work. There was a project that I was able to show up big for and take a huge risk in. I delivered a tool that is used by majority of my company, and because I did so well I got a promotion. I kicked it up a notch because I am living in my power.

I want those around me to have this same thing. I want them to shine.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Natasha DaSilva

Natasha DaSilva

HR Generalist

“Pathways Living Courses helped to create a positive ripple effect in all areas of my life. I immediately saw how it improved the communication dynamics in my relationship with my now-Husband, Elias, thus allowing us to build a solid foundation of trust, openness, vulnerability, respect and love. Also, I was able to apply myself to the goals I had set for the other areas of my life, and the tools I learned by attending both Basic and Advanced gave me the confidence to not only advance my career but motivated me to finish my first book. By honoring the contacts I made with myself, I am now a published author, and I know without the skills I learned from Pathways, this might not be the case! The beautiful thing is I am still watching these ripples flow and positively impact the other relationships in my life. THANK YOU, Pathways for setting these changes in motion!”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Joplin James Patras

Joplin James Patras

“Attending Pathways Courses has been the most valuable investment for my personal growth.  It has tremendously improved relationships with myself, friends, family and employees.  I’m so grateful I’ve found Pathways and commit in living its principle daily.”

Chan Hemintranont

Former Owner

“Because of Pathways, I have seen many things change in every aspect of my life. The most obvious and measurable has been financially. Not only did my income increase by more than 300%, but because of Pathways, I learned to keep accountable to a budget which relieved financial stress and allowed my girlfriend and I to begin paying off overwhelming debt.
Pathways tools not just saved the relationship with the love of my life once, but twice. Because of Pathways, we are on a road to creating the kind of relationship we both want, while raising our son together. Today we are engaged to be married and the closeness we now have is one we never had before and I personally never thought would exist.

I have been fortunate enough to be a part of a family which my parents, 2 older brothers, myself, my fiancée, and younger sister have all gone through the courses. We have had several horrible tragedies in my family that I have seen rip other families apart. But we as a family have supported one another and have gotten through it. Our bond and love as a family becomes greater every time we have worked through these tragedies. I can honestly say that if it was not for Pathways, we would not be a family anymore at all. No contact with one another, parents divorced, no family in any way. The unconditional love I have received from my family and through these courses is one I hope everyone will experience one day.”

Pathways Seminars - Testimonials - Derek Cahill

Derek Cahill

CEO & Founder

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