Carol Fishman Cohen is CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch, the comprehensive resource for everything related to career reentry: tools, strategies, events, products and services. iRelaunch is a strong advocate for the unique value that returning professionals bring to the workforce, and for the employers that hire them. iRelaunch has connected with a national network of over 13,000 people through more than 185 return to work programs and presentations.
Carol is the co-author of acclaimed career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track, a returning professional herself, and a practitioner immersed in the career reentry space for nearly 15 years. A graduate of Harvard Business School and mother of four, Carol’s return to work at Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full-time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study. Carol has connected with thousands of professionals who have successfully returned to work after a hiatus, and has engaged with hundreds of hiring managers to understand their biases, and the risk they associate with hiring people returning from career break.
Carol speaks globally about career reentry strategy. She has been tracking career reentry programs of all types since 2008 and has been studying the use of "professional internships" as a top career reentry strategy since that time. Returning professional internship programs are emerging as a special category of progressive action for reintegrating professionals back into the workforce at a later life stage. Carol’s 2012 research report about returning professional internships was the first to recognize the emergence of the internship as a powerful return-to-work strategy for both employers and returning professionals, and was the basis for a series of articles Carol wrote on the topic for Harvard Business Review. Her article "The 40 Year Old Intern," was selected 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. Carol made her second appearance on the Today Show in a segment on this article. 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.
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 now published by Amazon and has been translated into Dutch and Korean.
Sarah recently joined iRelaunch as Executive-in-Residence, working on special projects for the team.
Sarah’s career began in the software industry, where she implemented and managed domestic and international training programs for end-users and distributors. She then took a career break to stay home with her three children and stayed active in volunteer activities. This is Sarah’s second career relaunch. She worked part-time for a small financial planning firm in her hometown and also substitute taught in the local schools for several years.
Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. She and her family live in the Boston area.
Mindy develops and manages iRelaunch’s relationships with universities, alumni groups, women’s groups, professional associations, trade associations and individual relaunchers. Mindy is a relauncher herself, who practiced corporate and securities law at large New York City law firms before taking a career break to raise her children.
Mindy has had several different roles with iRelaunch. She joined the iRelaunch staff in early 2013 to advance the company’s outreach efforts, with the goal of driving individual attendance at the October 2013 Return to Work Conference. Following her successful completion of that "Executive in Residence" project in late 2013, Mindy assumed the role of Director of Business Development, combining her 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 suburban New York with their two children.
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 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 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 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.
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