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.
Seasoned entrepreneur and two-time relauncher Barbara Warren, founder of the successful brands White + Warren cashmere and B3.0 luxury activewear, always defined herself through her career. But when Barbara decided to take a career break at a crucial time in her children’s lives, it gave her the opportunity to explore and embrace the person she was becoming as well. Considering how women in their “mid-point in life” meet the physical, emotional, and professional challenges they face daily, Barbara started “The Perennial Project,” a multi-media resource that is redefining aging with a kinder and more gentle perspective.
Relauncher and career transitioner Dawna Levenson joins Carol in this lively and informative look at how 18 years at Accenture and a 5-year career break ultimately led to Dawna's current role as Assistant Dean and Co-Lead of the Admissions team at MIT Sloan School of Management. Hear how Dawna's career break provided a time to reconnect with family, friends and herself, to think about what she really wanted to do when she returned to work, and to position herself for her dream opportunity. http://mitsloan.mit.edu/
Can someone with no prior experience start and run a successful business? If you are shoe and apparel designer and entrepreneur Kara Mac, the answer is yes! And in this episode Kara tells you how she did it. Describing her journey to host Carol Fishman Cohen, Kara discusses learning to sew at eight years old, her education and 20-year design experience in fashion, and her ultimate success creating “ShoeCandy by Kara Mac.” Kara explains the importance of making opportunities happen rather than waiting for them to happen to you. https://karamac.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ShoeCandyShoes/
Combining the "Best Piece of Advice" from 14 episodes of "3, 2, 1, iRelaunch," you'll hear from guests including the author of "Meet 100 People" Pat Hedley, LinkedIn staff instructor Oliver Schinkten, divorce coach and co-founder of "SAS for Women" Liza Caldwell, Senior Product Manager at MobileIron Maureen Byrne, founder and principal at Advancing Women's Careers, LLC and special advisor to iRelaunch Michelle Friedman, two-time relauncher and Senior Manager for Systems Engineering at Raytheon Jane Pastoor, President of 2nd Career Consulting and iRelaunch career coach Mary Beth Barrett-Newman, and many more. Be sure to listen to the full podcast content from each of these special guests in previous episodes.
The career break can often be a gift. It’s the first time we allow ourselves to step back and reflect on whether we were on the right career path to begin with. In this podcast, Carol speaks with relauncher Linda Lautenberg, CFA, Director of Return with Purpose Outreach at Inspiring Capital about how she became interested in the social sector space through the “Return with Purpose Fellowship” and ultimately became its director. For more information about the Return to Purpose Fellowship or upcoming Return with Purpose Summit opportunities, please click here. Inspiringcapital.ly
In this second podcast installment, Janet Simpson Benvenuti, relauncher, eldercare expert, founder of Circle of Life Partners, and author of “Don’t Give Up on Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully” describes the information and documents that all eldercare providers should assemble, including legal documents and medical documents. She discusses eight strategic decisions that are the basis for caring for aging parents and the six factors that contribute to your, and your parents’ longevity. For more information about Janet Simpson Benvenuti and her work, go to Circle of Life Partners and sign up for their newsletter, follow Janet on Twitter, read “Don’t Give Up on Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully,” and follow her blog, Dontgiveuponthem.com http://colpartners.com/ @colpartners http://dontgiveuponthem.com/
"An Eldercare Primer for Relaunchers and More" with Janet Simpson Benvenuti – Part I In this two-part podcast, Carol talks with Janet Simpson Benvenuti, relauncher, eldercare expert, founder of Circle of Life Partners, and author of “Don’t Give Up on Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully” about how we can best prepare for future eldercare responsibilities and managing the care of our elders once in the eldercare role. In this first installment, Janet describes what she learned from her personal experience on career break caring for her aging parents, and her subsequent relaunch as a subject matter expert, eldercare coach and guide. http://colpartners.com/ @colpartners http://dontgiveuponthem.com/
Whether you are currently on a career break for caregiving purposes, or considering one in the future, did know there’s a calculator to help you determine the full financial cost of taking that break? In this episode, Carol speaks with Michael Madowitz, Economist at the Center for American Progress and creator of the CAP Calculator. With a curiosity born of his dual role as an economist and new parent, Michael and his mathematician wife sought a quantitative answer to their question about the long-term financial consequences (over and above the cost of childcare or eldercare) of a decision to leave the workforce. Follow Mike at mikemadowitz@twitter and access the calculator at http://interactives.americanprogress.org/childcarecosts/
Liz Brown was a patent litigation partner at a prominent intellectual property law firm when she took a career after her daughter was born. She used her time off to evaluate what career success meant to her at this new juncture. An invitation to teach one class as an adjunct professor of business law at Bentley University ultimately led to a tenure-track position. In her “free time,” Liz also wrote and published her book, ‘Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have,” and advises other attorneys looking for alternate careers to traditional law practice. https://lizbrownjd.com/consulting/ https://www.amazon.com/Life-After-Law-Finding-Work/dp/1937134644
Over 10 years ago, Monica Marquez was instrumental in creating the Goldman Sachs Returnship® program, the first formal return to work internship program. At that time, as a member of Goldman's “Experienced Hire Diversity Recruiting Team," Monica recognized the need to bring talented employees back to the workforce, but found that resume gaps were a hurdle to hiring managers. In this podcast, you’ll hear how Monica designed a program that would not only change the mindset of hiring managers but would become a template for mid-career internships on Wall Street and beyond. Hear how Monica, now Global Head of Community Advisory at Google, is shaping the professional internship culture in technology.
Making important life decisions can be overwhelming. How can you ensure that the decisions you make are free from bias? How can you effectively research the important aspects of your decision to reach a conclusion about which you feel confident? In this episode Carol talks with Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, adjunct professor at Columbia University, author of, “Problem Solved: A Powerful System for Making Complex Decisions with Confidence and Conviction” and creator of the AREA Method, about her problem-solving process and how relaunchers can use the AREA Method to make reliable complex decisions.
In this episode, Carroll Welch, iRelaunch Coach and Founder of Carroll Welch Consulting talks with Carol Fishman Cohen about crafting the perfect response to the “tell me about yourself” prompt. What information should you include, what does your body language add to the conversation, and how would you answer differently depending on the context and people to whom you’re talking? Don’t be caught off guard the next time you’re asked. Learn how preparation can ensure you make a great first impression.
In this “Life After Relaunch” series within a series, Carol speaks with relauncher Nicole Young, Director of Public Relations and Communications at Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting. Describing her six-year career break and subsequent seven years back in the workforce, Nicole describes the lessons learned during her break that she now uses on the job, how she dealt with her initial “imposter syndrome” feelings, and whether or not being a relauncher affects her work or relationship with her colleagues.
Julie Brush, founding partner of Solutus Legal Search and the voice of “The Lawyer Whisperer” blog joins Carol for this episode filled with practical advice and tips for dealing with ageism when interviewing (not just in the legal field). Carol and Julie engage in a mock interview to address scenarios including 1) being called overqualified, 2) an employer expressing concerns about higher salary expectations, 3) hints that the job pace “might be a little too fast” and more. The answers will leave you feeling optimistic and well-prepared – not just for your next interview, but for how you present yourself in any professional situation. www.thelawyerwhisperer.com
Did you know that your Alumni Career Services Office might be the hidden treasure for your return to work? In this episode, Carol speaks with Matthew Temple, Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University about the resources that Alumni Career Services Offices provide for their former students. Although the benefits can vary among institutions, offerings include professional self-assessments, job search groups, webinars, workshops and so much more. Hear Matthew’s tips about how to approach reunions for maximum benefit (and comfort!) and how to reach out to your alumni association for more information.