Our Team

Carol Fishman Cohen
CEO and co-founder, iRelaunch

Carol has been on a mission for almost 15 years to elevate the profile of women and men returning to careers after a career break and the employers that hire them. Her goal is to normalize the career path that includes a career break, remove any stigma associated with taking career breaks, and document successful transitions back into the workforce, so that employers understand the high value proposition that returning professionals provide. Carol is the co-author of acclaimed career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track, and a returning professional herself. 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 perspectives on hiring people returning from career break.

Carol is CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch, the leading and most comprehensive career reentry resource for employers, universities and individuals. iRelaunch's 200 return-to-work programs and presentations to date have reached a national (and international) network of nearly 15,000 people. iRelaunch works with three major constituencies: professionals who want to return to work after a career break, employers interested in this talent pool, and university alumni and professional associations looking to provide career reentry programming and resources for their members. iRelaunch's flagship event, the annual iRelaunch Return to Work Conference in New York City, is the leading external source of candidates for the major Wall Street reentry internship programs, and is the largest and longest running dedicated career reentry event in the country.

Carol is frequently quoted in the national press on the career reentry topic. She co-leads the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)/iRelaunch STEM Reentry Task Force, an initiative to increase the pipeline of technical women via reentry internship programs at STEM sector companies. She has been tracking career reentry programs of all types since 2008, has been studying the use of "professional internships" as a top career reentry strategy since that time, and consults regularly to companies developing their own reentry internship programs. 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 writes on the topic for Harvard Business Review.  Her original 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.

Internationally, Carol has been featured in three speaking tours in Japan and Korea sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, has run the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference in London at London Business School twice, is now the International Advisor for Universidad del Pacifico's new career reentry Executive MBA program in Lima, Peru, and was asked by the State Department to address a delegation of top officials from Japan and Korea about global career reentry initiatives. At the invitation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Carol addressed top STEM professionals from government and the private sector, and she announced the SWE/iRelaunch STEM Reentry Task Force initiative at the annual convocation of the National Academy of Engineering.

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 and has been translated into Dutch and Korean. 

Sarah Beir, Director of Coaching and Training

Sarah is in charge of iRelaunch Coaching Programs - in-person, virtual, individual and group, and heads up strategy for all iRelaunch coaching and training endeavors. Sarah recently completed an Executive-in-Residence at iRelaunch, 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 Berkower, Director of University Relations and Audience Development

Mindy develops and manages iRelaunch’s relationships with universities, alumni groups, women’s groups, professional associations, trade associations and individual relaunchers. Mindy also produces the iRelaunch Back on the Career Track National FastTrack Tour. 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 Blagdon, Director of IT

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, Director of Events

Sarah is responsible for producing the annual iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference.  She manages all the logistics associated with and leading up to this 550+ person event.  She is also responsible for technical production of the iRelaunch Virtual Boot Camps, an on-line intensive workshop series that gives actionable results to those looking to return to work.

Sarah joined the iRelaunch staff in the fall of 2010 after an eight-year career break from event planning and alumni relations at Harvard University and Milton Academy.  Since joining iRelaunch, Sarah has particularly enjoyed all the new learning opportunities that have come her way, including becoming the team expert on WebEx, the on-line platform we use for classes, webinars and meetings. If she can learn these new platforms she is confident you can too!

Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Guilford College, in North Carolina.. She lives in a suburb of Boston with her husband and two daughters.

Nikki Steingold, Director of Media Relations and Marketing

With 30 years of experience in communications and public relations (including for Pierce Brosnan during his "Remington Steele" days), Nikki is responsible for iRelaunch’s constituent communications, from our monthly newsletter to web site. She studied at UVA and earned her BA in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nikki took two three-year career breaks with the birth of each of her children, but maintained her professional skills and network contacts during that time through strategic volunteering. 

Nikki and her husband have two daughters and live in Richmond, Virginia.

Kayce Turner, Director of Recruiting Services

Kayce is in charge of the iRelaunch Resume Book, iRelaunch Job Board, and iRelaunch corporate recruiting services. Kayce recently completed an Executive-in-Residence, where she worked on special projects related to iRelaunch recruiting services.

Kayce joined the iRelaunch team after an 11-year career in the diamond business serving as a diamond consultant and office manager for a family owned GIA-certified internet firm. Prior to that she worked part time in an all-girls private school in the admissions office after taking off seven years while her three children were young.  

Kayce is a graduate of The American University, with a major in Mass Communications, and the Emma Willard School.

Meet our Advisory Board.