Our Story

Mary Kolbenschlag, Laura Hunsinger and Merrie Perry – Owners

We actually believe we can play a part in making this a better world by helping you be happier with your career.

This is a journey we’ve been on too, and we know how to reduce the confusion and stress.

Let’s Discover your Pathwaze together.

Hi, I’m Mary   

Thanks for checking out our company. For many years, I had an amazing corporate career. It was filled with more opportunities and growth than I ever imagined…and then came the day, which turned into most days, where I wasn’t thriving. Too frequently, with my employees, I witnessed the effects of what a bad job-fit (plain-ole-crappy) does to a person: psychologically, physically and emotionally. But how did I let it happen to me?! I was on the wrong path! I went back to basics, one of my primary jobs in IBM was to define and understand what job-roles fit people and get them into the right ones. It was heart-wrenching when my employees were unraveling because they weren’t in the right job-role. They were obviously great at many things, just not the job they were in. That’s when I started formalizing the methodology and processes to help.

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It wasn’t just at work, a common discussion with friends was our struggle to guide and launch our children as they had anxiety about colleges and jobs. Then there were colleagues who were laid-off or wanting career changes and empty nesters trying to re-enter the workforce. Many were overwhelmed and struggling to find guidance. Most of them were undervaluing their skills, experiences and gifts. That made me mad! I started working with them, which led to others asking me for the help. So, I took what I learned over all of those years and Discover Pathwaze was born. The response was overwhelming. This we know, research shows when we find the right career match, our probability for success and satisfaction dramatically increases. Most importantly, our core mission is to serve the community with our products and services. We hope you will join us. Other miscellaneous stuff: I’ve led several global organizations at IBM. My career highlight was being recognized by our CEO, Ginni Rometty, as one of the best managers for developing employees and creating growth initiatives. I have a degree in Psychology. Lastly, you’ll find me exploring the great Rocky Mountains when I’m not doing people stuff. Let’s Discover your Pathwaze together

Hi, I’m Laura.

I made the decision to retire early from IBM and leave the corporate world. I realized I wanted to do something where I had more passion with a focus in non-profit. I completed our assessment, based on encouragement from Mary, and discovered I was heading down the right new path.

In high school, I wanted to be a math teacher. I was lucky enough to have a high school counselor who suggested that I should consider computer science, which at that time was an emerging degree. “Do you want to have a job when you’re finished with college?.” he asked of me. Of course I answered yes. I did get a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration.

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Throughout my corporate career I have had positions from programmer to first line manager and I thoroughly enjoyed delivering the business requirements to the end-user as a business analyst and project manager. I’ve received several accreditations in project/program management. I have mentored and coached numerous team members and acquaintances. A little more about me: I’m based in Louisville Colorado (just outside of Boulder/Denver). Moving to Colorado is one of the best decisions I ever made and I only I had decided sooner to move to this wonderful area. I am thrilled to be part of your discovery process and excited to provide the guidance which I was lucky enough to be given. Our giving program fulfills my passion to be part of a non profit. This will be an exciting journey!

Hi, I’m Merrie.  
My passion is making the college application process fun and exciting.  The college process need not be a dubious prospect, but an amazing opportunity to get to know your self, and get pumped for the future!  This is why I am so excited about Discover Pathwaze.  Discover Pathwaze supports college decisions by empowering students with career path feedback that enables them to find colleges that not only support their personality, interests and values, but also their future career.
 
Since 2010, I have been involved in the college admissions process through supporting local students at the Mary Power Post Graduate Center at Monarch High School, as well as having been involved in the successful Internship and Career Forum programs at Zurich International School.

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I attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received a B.A. in Business Administration. In order to provide even more support for the students I work with, I am currently working towards the completion of a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA and I am an active member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), College Consultants of Colorado, and National Career Development Association (NCDA). After taking our Discover Pathwaze assessment, students will get an individualized list of college matches and continued support through out the application and financial aid process. Most importantly Discover Pathwaze, will expose you to many amazing career and college opportunities. Which is the best path for you?  Let’s discover together!

Our Team

Josh Kolbenschlag

Chief Creative Officer

Emily Hightower

Social Media Coordinator

Mariah

Joshua Bowman Kolbenschlag studied business/design at University of Colorado Denver as well as Santa Barbara City College. Entrepreneurial marketer emphasizing in graphic design. Passionate about bringing positive energy and building concrete relationships with clients, partners and colleagues. New customer acquisition specialist, implementing a mixture of online and offline marketing strategies. Well versed in identifying trends and needs of the customers creating targeted marking campaigns.

Mariah

Emily Hightower studied Business Administration and Merchandise Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Champion of social media tools and technologies, with a track record of creating and implementing successful social media campaigns. She works closely with clients to develop and execute proactive and intriguing content for a variety of platforms.

Josh Kolbenschlag – Chief Creative Officer

Joshua Bowman Kolbenschlag studied business/design at University of Colorado Denver as well as Santa Barbara City College. Entrepreneurial marketer emphasizing in graphic design. Passionate about bringing positive energy and building concrete relationships with clients, partners and colleagues. New customer acquisition specialist, implementing a mixture of online and offline marketing strategies. Well versed in identifying trends and needs of the customers creating targeted marking campaigns.

Emily Hightower – Social Media Coordinator

Emily Hightower studied Business Administration and Merchandise Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Champion of social media tools and technologies, with a track record of creating and implementing successful social media campaigns. She works closely with clients to develop and execute proactive and intriguing content for a variety of platforms.

Discover Pathwaze Advisors

Mariah

     Gordon Sims

Hi, I’m Gordon.

I’ve been fortunate in my career and have been able to work in 4 different industries, in large companies and small ones, and in a variety of functional areas.   The changes have always presented new learning opportunities to satisfy my curiosity and to adapt.  One learning has been that to be most effective and satisfied, it’s important to understand myself well enough to look for positions that fit both my interests and strongest skills.   That learning specifically hit home in one instance about mid-career in which I misjudged that fit!

Over the last few years I’ve been intrigued with the challenges people face in trying to find those good fit positions, particularly as the nature of work has been changing so rapidly.  We regularly hear about the difficulty many young people have finding meaningful work after they graduate from college, but many career changers face similar struggles when they decide they want to seek something new.   I have been researching how I might help people think through the process of self-reflection and exploration to find a new direction that is satisfying, likely to have longevity in our rapidly changing technology and world of work, and provides a nice income.

Not long ago I was talking about my interest with a friend and her reply was “You have to meet Mary and Laura!  They are working on those exact challenges.”  I quickly had an initial conversation with Mary and found that we are very much in synch.   And, voila!  I’m thrilled to be helping Mary and Laura with their extremely important mission.

Gordon Sims

Hi,

I’ve been fortunate in my career and have been able to work in 4 different industries, in large companies and small ones, and in a variety of functional areas.   The changes have always presented new learning opportunities to satisfy my curiosity and to adapt.  One learning has been that to be most effective and satisfied, it’s important to understand myself well enough to look for positions that fit both my interests and strongest skills.   That learning specifically hit home in one instance about mid-career in which I misjudged that fit!

Over the last few years I’ve been intrigued with the challenges people face in trying to find those good fit positions, particularly as the nature of work has been changing so rapidly.  We regularly hear about the difficulty many young people have finding meaningful work after they graduate from college, but many career changers face similar struggles when they decide they want to seek something new.   I have been researching how I might help people think through the process of self-reflection and exploration to find a new direction that is satisfying, likely to have longevity in our rapidly changing technology and world of work, and provides a nice income.

Not long ago I was talking about my interest with a friend and her reply was “You have to meet Mary and Laura!  They are working on those exact challenges.”  I quickly had an initial conversation with Mary and found that we are very much in synch.   And, voila!  I’m thrilled to be helping Mary and Laura with their extremely important mission.