Summary: iRelaunch is all about getting professionals back to work after a career break - most often childcare, but also eldercare, pursuing a personal interest, a personal health issue, extended travel, or other reasons. We also think about how other non-traditional professionals – expats repatriating, retirees “unretiring, military spouses and veterans, fit into the relauncher demographic. iRelaunch works with employers to create, implement and expand career re-entry programs of all kinds, and we produce the largest and longest-running dedicated career re-entry event in the country - the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. Our fast-growing national community is made up of thousands of relaunchers in all stages of returning to work. iRelaunch Chair and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen's TED talk “How to get back to work after a career break” has viewed more than 2.5 million times and translated into 29 languages. Join us for our award-winning podcast featuring advice, strategies and success stories on returning to work after a career break.
A 2016 ManpowerGroup study found that 84% of Millennials are considering a future career break, meaning Millennials are anticipating career breaks in greater numbers than we've ever seen before. In this episode, Carol talks with our very own Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Shannon Amspacher. Shannon discusses the word “pre-launcher,” which she coined, and her perspective as a Millennial on taking intentional and unintentional career breaks. Carol and Shannon also cover the cost of taking a career break, the changing conversations within Millennial households pertaining to “The Second Shift” division of at-home responsibilities, and implications for employers. For more information on Michael Madowitzs' "Calculating the Hidden Cost of Interrupting a Career for Child Care please click here
Career pivoter and relauncher Chris Donovan shares his remarkable career journey and evolution. Chris worked as a telephone repairman for 25 years, retired at 54, and pursued his dream of creating a designer shoe line. In order to fully realize his dream, he not only went back to school and apprenticeships in shoe design and production, but he had to learn the business side too. Hear how Chris earned his Masters degree in Footwear at Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy, and his amazing experience with Tim Gunn of Project Runway. To learn about Chris and see his full shoe line, click here web sitP. Other organizations mentioned in this podcast. Massachusetts Small Business Development Center SCORE
Global Head of Content at sales training experts Sandler Training, Host of Sandler Training’s “How to Succeed“ podcast, and co-author of “LinkedIn The Sandler Way,” Mike Montague joins Carol for a lively discussion about effective sales techniques and relaunching in sales. They cover the art of consultative sales, the importance of being a good listener when selling, and how sales training can help relaunchers.
After 25 years steeped in the HR arena, Kerry Schrader took a step out of the field for a much-needed sabbatical to spend time with her family and reflect on her future. Together with her daughter, Ashlee Ammons she did a total 360 and founded Mixtroz, an entrepreneurial adventure raising over 1 million dollars to “strengthen social networks." Find out more at Mixtroz.com
Today’s episode features Carol’s conversation with Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network, host of the Ellevate podcast series, speaker, advisor, and diversity advocate. Kristy shares her best advice on goal setting in the new year, surrounding yourself with a supportive community, the importance of seeing networking opportunities in your everyday activities, and much more. Tune in for this refreshing exchange on making the most of new beginnings.
Carol talks with Whitney Johnson, CEO of WLJ Advisors, Author, Keynote Speaker, Lecturer, iRelaunch Advisory Board member and longtime friend of Carol’s about Whitney’s books “Dare, Dream, Do,” “Disrupt Yourself” and her latest, bestseller “Build an A-Team,” and how their themes and messages relate to companies and relaunchers. They also delve into the importance of “how you tell your story.” Finally Whitney talks about her podcast conversation with the beloved Brene Brown and recommends particular “Disrupt Yourself” podcast episodes for our relauncher audience. References in this conversation include: https://whitneyjohnson.com/meet-whitney/ https://whitneyjohnson.com/disrupt-yourself-podcast/ - Episodes 130, 120, 111, 100, and 22 https://hbr.org/2016/04/what-its-like-when-a-stay-at-home-dad-goes-back-to-work https://hbr.org/search?term=whitney%20johnson&loaded=1 https://whitneyjohnson.com/build-an-a-team/ https://whitneyjohnson.com/disrupt-yourself-book/ https://whitneyjohnson.com/category/dare-dream-do/
iRelaunch Chief Marketing Officer, Nikki Steingold, has been through two relaunches during her more than 40 year career in communications. During that time, she has not only adapted to new marketing media, but has been the catalyst for new communications platforms at iRelaunch, including the Return to Work Roadmap and this podcast series. With a solid foundation and background in her field, and a fearlessness for identifying and learning new software and communications vehicles, Nikki represents a combination of confidence and curiosity that is a proven formula for any successful relaunch.
We have once again put together a “Valuable Advice for Relaunchers” special episode from 12 previous episodes of 3, 2, 1, iRelaunch. You’ll hear top advice from jobs expert Mac Prichard, one of the first returnship participants Kathy Preble Bayert, supply chain relauncher Lisa Fenton, women’s career path expert Michelle Friedman, networking expert Kelly Hoey and many more. We hope you enjoy this special compilation edition podcast.
In this episode of 3, 2, 1, iRelaunch Carol talks with Carla Bass, Colonel in the United States AirForce (Ret) and author of “Write to Influence”. In a mock interview and a discussion about performance reviews that require the relauncher to write about accomplishments on the job, Carla advises how to highlight those accomplishments without having it feel like bragging.
Today’s episode of “3, 2, 1, iRelaunch” is a rebroadcast from an interview Carol did earlier this year with Joseph B. Fuller, Professor of Management Practice and Co-Director of the Project on Managing the Future of Work at Harvard Business School. In this episode (also entitled “Managing the Future of Work”) Carol shares her relaunch story as well as her insights and experience on returning to work after a career break, the challenges faced by relaunchers, and the talents and expertise the career returner brings to the workplace. You can listen to the HBS Managing the Future of Work podcast on their website, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts!
Author, Speaker, Educator and Coach Steven Campbell joins Carol to discuss the power of the brain and how destructive negative self-talk can be, especially during a prolonged job search. Steven points out “your brain believes everything that you tell it” and having a more positive discussion with your brain can change your life. He will also discuss how his personal experience changing a negative narrative into a positive one led to the work he’s doing today. For more information on Steven’s work and courses, click here
As relaunchers, we focus almost myopically on the critical first role post-relaunch. While that is of course crucial, it is also important to consider longer term issues as well. In this episode, iRelaunch Guest Host and Special Advisor Cheryl McGee Wallace speaks with Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder and president of the Center for Talent Innovation, about her research on executive presence, the crucial distinction between mentorship and sponsorship, and the importance of building relationships throughout one’s career.
Seasoned editor and journalist Grace Bennett joins Carol to discuss her career path and time off to raise her family. Despite having reached the top of her field prior to her career break, Grace had the “nobody wanted her” experience so many of us do when looking to relaunch after our career breaks. Grace is Founder and currently Publisher/Editor in Chief at Inside Press Inc. a community/regional group of magazines focused on northern Westchester, NY
Theresa Harris is the director of the Edgewater Galleries, two Middlebury, VT galleries and one in Boston, MA. She began her career as a designer of custom rugs for Stark Carpet, then went into freelance design work, and following an eight year career break, relaunched as a teacher and mentor to an artist with a disability. When she and her husband downsized and moved to Vermont as empty-nesters, Theresa literally walked into one of the Edgewater Galleries to talk about her interest in working there. With her background as an artist, plus her superb organizational skills and excellent eye for where interior design and art converge, she was hired and ultimately promoted to the role she has today. Hear the inside story of how Theresa relaunched her career in the arts in this engaging conversation. For more information on the Edgewater Galleries go to https://edgewatergallery.co
Today, Carol talks with Liz Logie about her amazing relaunch story. Liz began her legal career as a "big firm law" corporate/banking attorney in New York City, and then took a 10 year career break. She relaunched as an entrepreneur in the fashion business for 15 years, ultimately joining online luxury consignment site The RealReal in the early days of the company in a sales role. Liz returned to legal practice through the OnRamp Fellowship in Sidley Austin, LLP's NYC office in the corporate/M&A group following her participation in Pace Law School’s New Directions Program. In late 2018, Liz moved across the country to re-join TheRealReal as Corporate Counsel. The RealReal went public in July 2019 and has a valuation of almost $2B