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.
When Lisa Fenton attended her first supply chain professional event upon deciding to return to work, she told herself, ‘you are just like them. The only difference is your pass doesn't have a company listed under your name. Now let’s go get a job to add to your pass.” Armed with a new haircut and suit, a gap-analysis of skills, updated references, and a vision of the job she wanted, Lisa’s strategy gives us a rare play-by-play glimpse at a successful relaunch. For example, her strategy of treating interviews like research projects made them less stressful. Lisa’s website propelledbypossibility.com features articles she wrote for a leading supply chain industry publication about her relaunch.
Kathryn Sollmann, author of “Ambition Redefined: Why the Corner Office Doesn't Work for Every Woman and What to Do Instead,” joins Carol to discuss the importance of finding your own definition of ambition and success. Using lessons learned from her own career progression, as well as discussions and anecdotes from her career coaching practice with women nationwide, Kathryn explains how women can make career choices that can not only provide the flexibility they want but can help ensure financial security. https://www.kathrynsollmann.com/
One of the earliest relaunchers to go through a formal career re-entry program (Returnship@SaraLee), Kathy Preble Bayert describes her return to work journey after having children. Hear how Kathy believes her career path choices have shaped who she is as leader and as parent, and about her husband's subsequent decision to take a career break. Don't miss this inspiring example of how families can successfully negotiate their roles and responsibilities.
Are you spending your job-searching time wisely? Mac Prichard, founder and publisher of the “Mac’s List” job board and host of the "Find Your Dream Job" podcast joins Carol for an instructive discussion about the importance of defining your career goals and developing a solid job-search strategy before you look for your next job. Learn about the “hidden job market” and the most effective way employers search for the best talent. macslist.org/irelaunch https://www.macslist.org/books/land-dream-job-anywhere-book
E68 Best Advice for Relaunchers Special Holiday Compilation Episode Combining the "Best Piece of Advice" from 14 episodes of "3, 2, 1, iRelaunch," you'll hear from guests including NBC's TODAY show financial editor, Jean Chatzsky; former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Kate White; Ladders Founder and CEO, Marc Cenedella; "The Lawyer Whisperer," Julie Brush; authors of The Ambition Decisions, Elizabeth Wallace and Hana Schank, co-founder of "Grown and Flown," Lisa Heffernan; and many more. Be sure to listen to the full podcast content from each of these special guests in previous episodes.
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.