Our Founders

Meet the team that unites personal experience with industry savvy:


Founders Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin

Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin

Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, authors of career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work and founders of iRelaunch (www.iRelaunch.com), are globally recognized experts on career-reentry strategy. Harvard MBAs and relaunchers themselves, they have nine kids between them, and each returned to work after multiyear career breaks before starting iRelaunch and writing Back on the Career Track. Cohen and Rabin consult extensively with employers and universities on creating career-reentry programs and making presentations for those programs. They are regularly featured in the national press as commentators on career reentry topics.

Carol and Vivian have engaged with hundreds of hiring managers to understand their biases and the risk they associate with hiring people who are returning from career break. They understand the challenges of returning to work after multi-year career breaks first hand, and have spoken with thousands of professionals who have successfully returned to work after a hiatus. They have presented their career reentry strategies to nearly 13,000 people since 2006, and have documented over 200 return-to-work success stories on their iRelaunch.com website, and in over 180 presentations.

Vivian has over 22 years of business experience, primarily in finance and human resources. A mother of five, she returned to work by joining a boutique executive search firm after a seven year career break. Carol’s return to investment firm Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study about professional career reentry. She has four children. Her widely disseminated Harvard Business Review article "The 40-Year-Old Intern" was recognized as an "HBR Article That Changed the Way I Think" as part of HBR's 90th anniversary recognition of HBR articles that made the biggest difference in readers and contributors lives, and was the subject of a TODAY Show segment.

Meet the entire iRelaunch team, as well as our Advisory Board.