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 part 2 of our series on the COVID-19 pandemic, Carol welcomes back Matthew Temple, Senior Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development at the Kellogg School of Management and an iRelaunch Advisory Board member. Carol and Matthew talk about building and maintaining resilience when job searching in a downturn; how to best use your time while at home; tips on video interviewing and other elements of the remote job search and more.
Carol and our new Managing Director, Jennifer Howland, former executive, manager and engineer at IBM who built the IBM Tech Reentry Program from scratch into a global program, discuss ways relaunchers can stay involved in their relaunch even in these uncertain times. They discuss the importance of relaunch buddies and circles, why you should and how to create a bio, remote opportunities for updating skills and experiences, and maintaining your mental health at this vulnerable time for so many. For more detailed advice on this topic, read our blog post.
Organizational psychologist, Professor of Management Practice, Emeritus, at the Wharton School, co-author of the new book, Parents Who Lead, and author of the best seller Total Leadership Stewart D. Friedman talks about the importance of bringing your whole self to both your work environment and home life. Professor Friedman discusses leadership at home when engaging with your children to find out what they need, getting them to open up, and what is important to them about your job, especially in the context of relaunching in which the parents' working status is changing. Click on ParentsWhoLead.net for more information about the new release Parents Who Lead.
In this lively episode Carol talks with Leah Vickers Marincovich. A relauncher with an extensive career in media sales, most recently in the aviation industry, Leah explains media sales and how it has changed through the years. From monthly newsletters, mainly in print format, to the booming industry of webinars, social media and digital content, Leah discusses the fearlessness it takes to embrace new technology, the challenge and motivation of working on commission, and the need to engage with your boss, your competitors and your customers.
In this compelling episode of "3, 2, 1, iRelaunch" Carol talks with Catherine Duffy, Country Manager at AIG Insurance in Bermuda. Cathy and Carol discuss navigating the global world of insurance with Fortune 500 and 100 companies both in the insurance and re-insurance markets. Cathy shares her experience entering and rising to the top of a mostly male field, and the difficulties she faced (and conquered) upon relaunching.
Today Carol welcomes Dr. Laura Persky, an Associate Dean at Manhattanville College School of Professional Studies. Laura built her career in corporate advertising, marketing and brand management before taking a 10-year career break. Laura and Carol discuss her relaunch back into a senior marketing role followed by her pivot into academia, first as an adjunct professor and ultimately to where she is today. Laura walks us through her career journey, including how she got her Ed.D along the way. For more information on Manhattanville College School of Professional Studies programs and workshops please visit mville.edu
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.