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Benita M. Allen, CPCC


Founder & President of Pathways to Wholeness (PTW) Emerge Coaching, President Ms. Benita Allen has over 30 years experience in human relations and management. She has first hand experience in dealing with adversities and barriers that many inner city individuals face and is celebrated for knowing how to turn lives around. Ms Allen has helped countless individuals develop a greater self-awareness and genuine self-esteem, making it possible for them to break free from limiting concepts of themselves and to achieve success. Benita is the President of Emerge Coaching and is a Certified Co-Active Life Coach (CPCC) and a member of the International Coaching Federation. Location: Delaware Read more about Benita's own pathway...

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Vice President (PTW) The Center of Peace in Philadelphia, Founding Minister For over 8 years, Rev. Sheila has been the minister at The Center of Peace in Philadelphia, a transdenominational spiritual community that she founded.  For more than three decades, prior to becoming a minister, Rev. Sheila's life experience was focused on the healthcare delivery industry, as a Registered Nurse (RN). She served as Executive to profit and not for profit reproductive healthcare corporations, was President of her own consulting firm Walker Pierce and Assoc. and was organizational generalist to various health care organizations. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“From the beginning of my long term association with Benita and the Vision that she holds for Pathways, I was intrigued and wanted to be a part of it.  I have stayed with the program because of what I see unfolding, what we are creating and the fine  group of people designing the program. Benita has attracted the best of the best.”

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Treasurer (PTW) Trendler Incorporated, CFO Mike is the CFO for Trendler, Inc., a Chicago-based global manufacturing and sourcing company.  He is currently the President of his community Park District where he has been actively involved for the past fifteen years. Location: Chicago, Illinois

“I became involved in Pathways because I believe in the vision that Benita has and her dedication and commitment in helping and educating others to help themselves.“

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Secretary (PTW) Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Payroll Manager Sherida is a Payroll Manager for a large New York based Law Firm with 13 offices nationwide.  She has also served on the Board of the D.C. Chapter of the American Payroll Association (APA) and assisted in teaching a portion of the local chapter’s training course for aspiring professionals studying to take the CPP exam. Location: Washington, D.C.
"Pathways to Wholeness is an organization that truly meets inner city women where they are and helps to bring them “fully” to their goals and dreams. Not only does the program teach women how to 'practically' meet their goals but it sets them on a path of discovery that will open doors within, allowing each woman to see the truth of who they are. It’s empowering work that will take them on the journey of a lifetime."

Marion Barfurth, Ph.D


Board Director (PTW) University of Ottawa & Universite du Quebec en Outaouais, Former Professor Barfurth & Associates, President Former professor, University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Currently President of Barfurth & Associates offering Leadership Strategies and Coaching for Knowledge Creating Organizations. Location: Ottawa, Canada
“I witnessed the first time Ms. Allen spoke about this project in public. At that moment I just knew that both her vision and her heart were perfectly placed to do the work she has set out to do.  My support was offered and from that day onwards it a privilege to continue to serve her and this mission.“