Our Team

Carol Fishman Cohen
CEO and co-founder, iRelaunch

Carol Fishman Cohen is the CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch. iRelaunch produces innovative programming to connect professionals returning to work after a career break with employers interested in this talent pool. iRelaunch has reached over 13,000 people through more than 185 return to work programs and presentations. Over 200 return to work success stories are documented on the iRelaunch.com website. iRelaunch's signature program, the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, has been held 17 times since 2008 with over 4,000 people attending.
 
Carol is a Harvard Business School graduate, mother of four, and a "relauncher" herself. She is the co-author of career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work. 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. 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. Carol was named a 2014 "40 Women to Watch over 40" Honoree. She is regularly featured in the national press as a commentator on career reentry topics.
 
Not only has Carol spoken with thousands of professionals who have successfully returned to work after a hiatus, but she has engaged with hundreds of hiring managers to understand their biases, and the risk they associate with interviewing and hiring people who are returning from career break.
 
Back on the Career Track was one of Library Journal's Best Business Books of 2007 and received 4 out of 5 stars from Business Week. To this day, it continues to receive excellent reader reviews. Originally published by Hachette, it is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon, and has been translated into Dutch and Korean.

Mindy Berkower, Business Development Director

Mindy joined iRelaunch in February 2013 to support the team’s marketing, outreach and communications efforts, with the goal of driving attendance at the October 2013 Return to Work Conference.  Following her successful completion of that "Executive in Residence" project, Mindy assumed the role of Director of Business Development, combining her marketing and outreach responsibility with that of developing relationships with employers interested in educating, recruiting and reintegrating those on career break back into the workforce.

Mindy received her Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She and her husband live in Westchester County, New York, with their two children.

Betsy Blagdon, Technical Director

Betsy directs "all things technical" at iRelaunch, ranging from website development and design to advice on webinar creation and online purchasing. 

Betsy spent 11 years in software engineering and management at electronic imaging and educational software companies before taking time off to be with her two children. She relaunched her career as a website designer nine years ago. Through her website design company, Glissade Design, Betsy has helped many small businesses and non-profit organizations, primarily in the Boston area, develop and/or expand their web presence.

Betsy has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from MIT.

Linda Borst - Director of Finance

Linda Borst and her team at Borst Accounting Solutions LLC handle iRelaunch's accounting and finance needs.

After spending the first part of her career life in a Big Four accounting firm and a Fortune 500 company, Linda took a six-year break to stay home with her children. In 2005, Linda relaunched her career by starting Borst Accounting Solutions LLC to help small businesses with their accounting/bookkeeping functions, from initial set up of the books all the way to part-time controller work, and everything in between.

Linda graduated from Indiana University, is a registered CPA, a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a Xero Certified Partner. She resides in Arlington Heights, IL with her husband and four children.

Sarah Mills, Events Director

Sarah manages the overall logistics for the iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences, including on-site operations and pre-conference details.

Sarah joined the iRelaunch staff in the fall of 2010 after an eight-year career break from event planning and alumni relations work. Her career started at Harvard in the University Development Office, planning and executing small events for major gift prospects. After Harvard she held a position as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Milton Academy. It was here that she coordinated, executed and managed a variety of alumni events ranging from alumni weekends, national alumni clubs, and national Annual Receptions. She is especially interested in analyzing event statistics and did this both at Harvard and Milton Academy.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Guilford College. Sarah lives in a suburb of Boston with her husband and two young children.

Nikki Steingold, Communications Director

Nikki has worked in public relations and communications for more than 30 years, with clients ranging from non-profits and healthcare organizations to Pierce Brosnan (during his “Remington Steele” days).

In her position at iRelaunch, Nikki is responsible for most communications tasks including our monthly newsletter, media releases, website editing and updating, and other writing and design functions.

Nikki studied at the University of Virginia, then transferred to and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in order to major in Mass Communications and Public Relations -  one of the first accredited programs of its kind in the country. Nikki and her husband have two daughters and live in Richmond, Virginia.

Meet our Advisory Board.