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.
In this episode, Carol speaks with LeeAnn Dance, co-producer/director of “My Dear Children,” a documentary about one woman’s quest to learn more about her father’s past in Eastern Europe following World War I. A former CNN producer, LeeAnn took a 10-year career break and returned to work as a documentary film producer. LeeAnn explains her journey back to work including how her former career provided a foundation for her relaunch, her initial fear of learning new recording and editing technologies, doing some non-paid work to build her portfolio and a following, and finding a career that meets her and her family’s needs. LeeAnn also explains how the career break itself provided much-needed experience and perspective.
Carol talks with Jen Scott, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and co-lead of the STEM Re-Entry Task Force. Since its inception in 2016 the STEM Re-entry Task Force has been a pipeline for more than 200 female technical professionals to return to the workforce. In this podcast, Carol and Jen discuss how the Task Force was initially conceived, its substantial growth over the past few years, how returning professionals can find out more about these programs, how to apply, and what to expect in these programs. Companies considering developing a re-entry internship will hear about how these internship programs are set up, the support from SWE and iRelaunch, and the nearly 90% average hiring rates after program completion.
We've compiled the best advice shared with us in interviews with business leaders, career experts and relaunchers over two seasons of podcasts. Enjoy! And thank you for listening.
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Manisha Thakor, host of the MoneyZen podcast about her personal relaunch, how it led to the creation of iRelaunch and how she draws inspiration from her new career.
Learn how to be more effective and powerful in your next interview as Tammy Marzigliano, a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, discusses the legal aspects of relaunching with Carol Fishman Cohen. Hear how to determine the difference between what's considered illegal conduct and what is just "bad business," how to use the right terminology to trigger legal protection, and discover the secret behind redirecting uncomfortable interview questions.
From her job in Israel's Ben Gurion Airport Coordination Center to managing director at wealth management firm Boston Private (with a few stops and other careers in between), Susan Black understands the path of a relauncher. In this podcast she speaks with Carol Fishman Cohen about her circuitous pathway and discusses the three main drivers when contemplating a career reinvention.
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Alex Klemmer, co-founder of Cyclebar, an indoor cycling gym with franchised locations throughout the US and Canada. Alex talks about the challenges and rewards of relaunching her career as an entrepreneur.
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Michaella Kurdziel, Director of Customer Experience at MM.LaFleur about how to "dress for success" in today's work world. Learn tips on how to scope out the dress code at a company before your first interview, how to "shop your closet" for timeless wardrobe staples and how to selectively rebuild a career wardrobe after years of wearing yoga pants and hoodies.
Carol Fishman Cohen interviews Caren Ulrich Stacy, Founder & CEO, Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship. Learn about the OnRamp Fellowship, a program that matches returning women lawyers to law firms, legal departments, and banks for a 1 year paid fellowship. Hear the inside scoop on the program, as well as its history, growth, success and challenges.
Description: Sometimes, just telling your story can lead to a new career. For Ginny Brzezinski, that moment came when she texted her sister-in-law, "Morning Joe" co-anchor Mika Brzezinski, asking her to speak up for women wanting to return to work after a career break. Mika's reply? Let's write a book together. Now, after countless interviews with women in all stages of relaunch, Ginny and Mika are sharing these stories in "Know Your Value: Comeback Careers" (due for fall 2018 release). Learn about Ginny's personal relaunch story and the insights she's learned from these compelling relauncher interviews.
Carol Fishman Cohen talks with a pioneering technology relauncher, Dinny Stearns Taylor, retired CTO at Williams College. Dinny shares her career path, relaunch story, how she updated her skills, and some important advice for relaunchers.
Carol Fishman Cohen interviews her iRelaunch Co-Founder and co-author of Back on the Career Track, Vivian Steir Rabin. Vivian now runs VSR Advisors, a retained executive search firm focused on commercial real estate and financial services. Vivian shares her relaunch story with us and helps us navigate the executive search / staffing / recruiting landscape as relaunchers.
In the first episode of our second season, Matthew Temple, Director of Alumni Career and Professional Development at the Kellogg School of Management and an iRelaunch Advisory Board member, interviews Carol Fishman Cohen about the history of iRelaunch and its Return-to-Work Conference. From its early days following the publication of the book, Back on the Career Track, iRelaunch has grown to become the leader in career reentry initiatives helping employers identify and recruit professionals looking to return to work after career breaks and helping those professionals gain the confidence and skills they need to be successful in today's workforce. Carol talks with Matthew about the value of the one-day Return-to-Work Conference as a way to bring employers and relaunchers together for inspiration, education and networking. The day is more than inspiration and motivation. Carol talks about the concrete tips and advice employers and career relaunch professionals share with relaunchers such as what to say when an interviewer asks about an employment gap. Listen to learn more.
In our final podcast episode for this season, iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Tamara Dowling, resume-writing expert and Owner of SeekingSuccess.com about that killer resume that best positions you for the jobs you are interested in. For more info on Tamara and her services at SeekingSuccess.com, please visit: https://www.irelaunch.com/resource_partners
iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with iRelaunch Coach Carroll Welch about social media tips for relaunchers. Figure out what the critical components are of a relauncher's LinkedIn profile, how to describe a career break and / or career transition, and how to get the most out of yours and prospective employers' social media feeds. Carroll Welch is a bootcamp coach for iRelaunch. Learn more about our bootcamps at www.iRelaunch.com/bootcamp