Application for 2015 PATHS Forward Class

About PATHS Forward

PATHS Forward® is a leadership development program designed to prepare promising African-American professionals to participate as leaders in the local community.  The program, which introduces the prospective leaders to basic leadership skills, volunteerism, the Tarrant County community, working with non-profit organizations, and other leadership topics, is delivered over a 9-month period.  The experience will include opportunities to meet and participate in discussions with successful entrepreneurs, corporate businessmen/women and civic leaders.  Certificates will be awarded for completion of the eight sessions and a service project.  Optional events, providing more networking opportunities, will be provided throughout the program.


By the end of the program participants will have:


  • Gained an appreciation for how their personal strengths, talents and weaknesses impact their leadership capabilities.
  • Honed effective, persuasive speaking skills through the exploration and adoption of innovative strategies for oral, written, and non-verbal communications.
  • Developed an understanding of the Fort Worth/Tarrant County metropolitan community, the leaders and entities including governmental, educational and nonprofit organizations. 
  • Created a service project that positively impacts the community.
  • Explored the impact of globalization on the world of work and will have learned success strategies from entrepreneurs and corporate businessmen and women.
  • Created strategies for on-going leadership development to achieve professional and personal success.

Sessions At a Glance

  • Orientation:  All About You
  • Effective Communications
  • The Fort Worth/Tarrant County Government
  • The Role of Education
  • Exploring Nonprofit Organizations
  • Service Projects
  • The World of Work
  • Maximizing Your Potential

Program Facilitator

The PATHS Forward® program developer and facilitator is Paulette Turner of Grapevine, Texas.  Ms. Turner is founder and president of Integrated Leadership Concepts, Inc., which specializes in executive coaching and developing leaders to achieve maximum success by customizing personal plans and providing tools that help leaders thrive in a changing world.

She is active in her community, serving through her involvement in various nonprofit organizations, including as Chapter Chair for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization.  The recipient of numerous business and community awards throughout her career, Ms. Turner was most recently featured in Women in Motion: Insights and Lessons From Accomplished Businesswomen by Bette Price.

Paulette attained a BA in Biology from Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  She holds certifications in various methodologies, including 

  • Sherpa Executive Coaching through the Tandy Center for Executive Leadership, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX. 
  • Skill assessment through the Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC. 
  • Facilitation of Peter Drucker’s “Five Most Important Questions, through the Leader to Leader Institute