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.
Alex Grodnik hosts the “Moving Up” podcast that lives on the popular Wall Street Oasis website, and is the Co-founder of fintech startup Payclub, "a next-generation banking platform for Gen Z." This lively conversation highlights Alex's thoughts on "chasing prestige” and “rejection therapy," which are relevant for Millennials and relaunchers alike.
Kelley Rogers, a PhD research scientist who took a 14 year career break, relaunched at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where she is now Technical Program Director for Biosciences. Kelley talks with Carol about how she kept up with developments in her field during her career break, and how a volunteer role ended up as the basis for a personal reference that was an important factor in her relaunch.
Carol speaks with clinical psychologist and Chicago Bulls Performance Coach Dr. Wendy Borlabi about how she builds trust with her pro-athlete clients and advice she gives them that is also relevant for relaunchers. A relauncher herself, Dr. Borlabi explains how keeping a “toe in the water” during her 14 month career break led to her relaunch with the Bulls.
After a nine-year break from her healthcare sales career, Cheryl Payne documented her relaunch journey in our private iRelaunch Facebook Forum group in an effort to help other relaunchers. Her raw and honest essay on the ups and downs of her relaunch journey was one of the most popular posts to date. "Persevere, prepare, practice, take notes, follow-up, ask questions" are some of Cheryl's steps discussed in this candid conversation with Carol. (And if you are a relauncher, please join our private FB group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/iRelaunchReturntoWork/ (note: there are a few questions you need to answer in order to join the Group).
Our own Mindy Berkower, Chief Client Officer and General Counsel, talks with Carol about her legal career, her 18 year career break and her relaunch, which began when she became our first iRelaunch Executive in Residence (our periodic return to work internship) after attending the 2012 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference in New York.
Entrepreneur and Relauncher Jules Pieri, Co-Founder and CEO of The Grommet, and author of the newly released “How We Make Stuff Now,” joins Carol to discuss the the key steps involved in starting and growing a product-based business.
Author of “That’s What She Said”: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) and former Editor in Chief of USA Today and Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal, Joanne Lipman talks with Carol about unconscious bias in the workplace, and how men and women work together in an environment reeling from sexual harassment scandals.
Michael Watkins, author of “The First 90 Days” and the companion book “Master Your Next Move” talks with Carol about the principles and techniques of transitioning to a new role as it pertains to relaunchers when returning to the workforce. How to regulate a “sink or swim” mentality in a new position, and striking the right balance when learning new tasks and completing them in a timely manner are among the many topics explored.
EP 88: "How I Have Maintained Career Continuity as a Military Spouse" with April Keating by iRelaunch
EP 87: “Psyching Up and Calming Down” with Daniel McGinn by iRelaunch
Suzanne Wall, Chief Operations Officer at iRelaunch is the mother of four, including her youngest who has Down Syndrome. She talks with Carol about the unique challenges faced when relaunching with a child with developmental disabilities, how to know when you are ready to return, and lessons learned post-relaunch.
EP 85: “Time Management and Relaunching” with Laura Vanderkam by iRelaunch
EP 84: A Career Break Can be an “Explosive Time of Growth” with CNN Producer Kuae Kelch Mattox by iRelaunch
Carol has a lively conversation with social influencer and iOS Developer Kate Rotondo. Kate shares tips and advice as she describes her personal journey from moving out of the country with her family, to coming back to the States but to a totally different geographic location, to the self-taught process she went through to become an iOS Developer. Kate and Carol also discuss the importance of tenacity in the process, and that the relaunch doesn’t end with getting the job. Relaunching is a continuous process of learning and developing
Singapore based Helle Priess, Founder and CEO of Doerscircle, discusses the creation of her fast-growing member based support platform for self-employed people, entrepreneurs, free-lancers and start-upers. Doerscicle provides healthcare and insurance solutions at no cost. This unique model operates primarily in Asia. It has not yet come to the U.S. We are intrigued by this model for U.S. freelancers and get an early glimpse of what it looks like in action in this conversation with Helle. We estimate 30% of our relauncher community is interested in freelancing, entrepreneurial ventures and less than full time contractual work arrangements.