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.
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
EP 111: “The Benefits of Coaching” with Sara Dickison Taylor by iRelaunch
We contacted Chris after reading his powerful and compelling article in Medium about his father’s depression during a prolonged period of unemployment, and the risks of ignoring mental health issues during the job search. We see signs of depression and anxiety in our own community of relaunchers; when people post in our private Facebook groups, when they write to us, and when we meet them face to face at our conferences and events. Carol explores this critically important topic in her conversation with Chris, who co-founded Project Tugboat, “which empowers professionals to overcome the social and emotional challenges of unemployment.”
In this special 3, 2, 1, iRelaunch series on the nuts and bolts of the recruiting process, we speak with recruiters from firms with and without back-to-work programs to provide you with the broadest perspective possible. iRelaunch Special Advisor and Guest Podcast Host Cheryl McGee Wallace talks with Donnie Watson, Talent Acquisition Manager at ZoomInfo/DiscoveryOrg. Donnie stresses the need for relaunchers to be pro-active and appropriately assertive in their dealings with recruiters. In part 2, we discuss relauncher questions on negotiations and post-interview silence.
In this special 3, 2, 1, iRelaunch series on the nuts and bolts of the recruiting process, we speak with recruiters from firms with and without back-to-work programs to provide you with the broadest perspective possible. iRelaunch Special Advisor and Guest Podcast Host Cheryl McGee Wallace talks with Donnie Watson, Talent Acquisition Manager at ZoomInfo/DiscoveryOrg. Donnie stresses the need for relaunchers to be pro-active and appropriately assertive in their dealings with recruiters. In part 1, we discuss how to address your break, determining level and fit, and position descriptions.
A well-crafted resume is an applicant's calling card. Whether applying for a job or seeking an informational interview, it's a critical first impression, often judged at a glance. In this special edition of 3, 2, 1 iRelaunch, we talk to career coach Kendell Brown of Ascension Careers about resumes, including drafting accomplishments vs. responsibilities, reflecting keywords, addressing career gaps and leveraging social media. For more information on the work that Kendell does please visit https://www.ascension-careers.com
A professional photographer specializing in individual and family portraits, headshots, nature and lifestyle photos, Randi Childs talks with Carol about the exhilaration, fear and passion she experienced when she started her own business after an extended career break. Note: Randi will be speaking at the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference at Columbia on October 3, 2019. For more information visit our web site.
EP 105: “Recruiting for the JNJ Re-ignite #ReturnToWorkProgram" with Elizabeth Markus by iRelaunch
Carol speaks with Nancy Eberhardt, Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership, a nationally recognized provider of free business and transactional legal services to nonprofits. The organization recruits and supports volunteer attorneys with a range of specializations to help nonprofits achieve their goals, avoid risk, and better serve their constituencies. Carol and Nancy discuss how skills-based volunteer work can better position relaunchers for return to work success, and examples of legal work provided by the Pro Bono Partnership. For more information please visit www.probonopartnership.org
EP 103: “Relaunching After A Military Career” with Chris DeJesus by iRelaunch