London iRelaunch Return to Work Conference Speakers - March 2012

Keynote Speakers

 Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin

Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin are the co-authors of the acclaimed career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at- Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work, and co-founders of career reentry programming company

iRelaunch has helped thousands of women and men on career break return to the workforce through its programs, events, and content for employers, universities, organizations, and individuals. iRelaunch’s signature product is the iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference, held four times a year in major cities. With a focus on educating “relaunchers” about effective return-to-work
strategies, the Conference is the only large scale gathering of experienced professionals on career break looking to return to work and the employers interested in meeting them. Carol and Vivian are frequent speakers on the career reentry topic and are regularly featured in the national press.

Carol and Vivian are both Harvard Business School graduates and relaunchers themselves; between them, they have nine kids, and 43 years of diverse business experience. They each returned to work after multi-year career breaks before writing Back on the
Career Track and starting iRelaunch. They understand each phase of the “relaunch process” first hand. Carol’s return to an investment firm after 11 years out of the full-time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study about professional career reentry. Visit them at and follow them on Twitter @iRelaunch.

Welcome Speaker

James Leigh-Pemberton
Chief Executive Officer - Credit Suisse UK

James H. Leigh-Pemberton is a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse in the United Kingdom, based in London. In this role, Mr. Leigh-Pemberton is responsible for developing the Bank's client relationships in Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management in the UK. He is also a member of the EMEA Operating Committee.

Prior to his current role, Mr Leigh-Pemberton held several senior roles within the EMEA Investment Banking Department, including Head of European Investment Banking Department, Head of European Equity Capital Markets and Chairman of UK Investment Banking.

Mr. Leigh-Pemberton joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1994. Prior to joining CSFB, Mr. Leigh-Pemberton was a Director of S.G. Warburg Securities, where he worked for 15 years. Mr. Leigh-Pemberton received his M.A. from Oxford University.

Panel: Successful Relaunchers Tell Their Story

Vivian Steir Rabin - Moderator
Co-Founder - iRelaunch

Along with Carol Fishman Cohen, Vivian Steir Rabin co-authored the acclaimed career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track, and co-founded career reentry programming company, iRelaunch. Carol and Vivian have presented their career reentry strategies to over 8,000 people at more than 130 events since 2006. A graduate of Harvard Business School and a relauncher, Vivian understands every phase of the relaunch process first hand.

Vivian has over 21 years of diverse business experience, including leadership roles in finance and human resources, in the media, financial services, consulting, and executive search industries. She is a mother of five children, and she returned to work after a multi-year career break before writing Back on the Career Track and founding iRelaunch. Carol and Vivian are regularly quoted in the national press including TIME, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Fast Company Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, NPR, and MSNBC.

Relauncher Panelists

Silke Collins-Tracey
Policy Manager - The International Osteoporosis Foundation

Silke studied medicine at the University of Erlangen in Germany; she spent her final year and her first few years as a physician in England. She then worked for many years in palliative care in the UK and Germany, caring for terminally ill patients in hospital and community settings. She followed her husband to Australia, and their two children were born in Sydney. After maternity leave she worked part-time as a Clinical Research Fellow at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney on aspects of palliative care, while studying for a counselling degree. In 2007, Silke returned to Europe with her family to undertake the Sloan Fellowship at the London Business School (MSc in Management) in order to take her career as a physician to a different level, and make a significant contribution not only to individual patients but also to a wider community by combining business knowledge with her medical experience.

After the Sloan Fellowship, Silke took a career break of two years to be with her young children full-time – a time she enjoyed greatly. Her dream was to work for an international health care organisation in Switzerland, and she currently works as a Policy Manager at the International Osteoporosis Foundation near Geneva.

Silke regards the following points as important, when relaunching after a family-break: to remain confident in one’s skills, persistent in the pursuit of one’s dream and courageous in accepting new challenges.

Pauline de Robert Hautequere
Product Consultant – Foviance

Pauline de Robert Hautequere is a part-time product consultant at Foviance, a multichannel customer experience consultancy in London. In a previous life, she held a variety of consulting and operational roles with start-ups and Internet services companies in New York. She followed her husband to London after their first child was born and spent the next six years as a stay-at-home mum (also adding two more children to the family). At the same time, she prepared for a future work life by going back to school, attending UCL (University College London) part time to complete an MSc degree in HCI/Ergonomics, and completing a Diploma in Translation - keeping her options open and her brain cells engaged.

For the past two years, Pauline has been juggling work life - writing a variety of documents, from methodology descriptions to white papers and marketing collateral as well as working on a variety of internal projects, and family life - school runs and all. She has one word of advice: don't underestimate the challenge!

Pauline holds a Diplome from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris (MA, Economics and Finance) and received her MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Rebecca Farmer
Director - Ernst & Young

Rebecca is a Director in Audit and Assurance Services at Ernst & Young, based in Reading. She serves a wide range of clients from privately owned family businesses to multi-national private equity backed and fully listed groups, many of which are in the technology and telecoms sector. She has been at Ernst & Young for over 14 years, including a year’s secondment to the firm’s Financial Accounting and Advisory Services team, and has had a flexible working arrangement for the past nine years. Prior to her career at Ernst & Young, she spent four years in publishing at Oxford University Press, after having gained a Doctorate in Medieval English Literature from the University of Oxford. Rebecca is married with twin daughters.

Delanie Sinton
Founding Leader – Stella and Dot

Delanie Sinton is a founding leader and independent stylist with Stella & Dot UK. She has 25 years of experience in the retail industry, and has held a variety of roles including a designer buyer for a leading US department store (Nordstrom), as well as product merchandising, production sourcing, and IT services development for Gap Inc. Most recently she held a key role within the Sourcing Strategy department at Burberry.

Delanie stopped working when she relocated to London from NYC as a trailing spouse while pregnant with her second child. She spent five years enjoying being a stay-at-home mum, while holding board roles in local women’s networking groups, ex-pat support organizations, and participating in a variety of non-profit charity and fundraising activities.

For the past year, Delanie has been an integral part of the launch of Stella & Dot in Europe and currently leads a team of 60 stylists UK-wide.

Panel: Employers Discuss Relaunchers' Approach to Today's Job Market

Moderator - Kate Grussing
Founder and Managing Director - Sapphire Partners

Kate Grussing is the Founder and Managing Director of Sapphire Partners, a pioneering consulting firm / hybrid executive search firm launched in London in 2005.  Kate’s career has long focused on strategy, managing human capital, organisational behaviour, performance improvement, and client management in professional services.  Working specifically with professionals returning to the workforce has been a big priority since Sapphire launched.   

Prior to launching Sapphire Partners, Kate held a number of senior roles over seven years at JPMorgan in Europe, including the Chief Operating Officer for the European Equity business; Head of the Strategy and Planning Consulting Group; chief of staff to the CEO of Europe; manager of Corporate Investor Relations; co-head of Europe’s merger integration team; and she also launched the regional client management function.  Prior to JPMorgan, Kate was a management consultant for six years at McKinsey & Company in New York and London where she specialized in strategic issues in financial services.  Earlier in her career, Kate worked for Morgan Stanley in New York and London where she focused on M&A and corporate finance for financial institutions. 

Kate is also active in the charity sector as a board member for a national and an international medical charity, the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, and is active with the Eve Appeal, Dress for Success, Working Families, and the Wellbeing of Women. She is an honours graduate of Wellesley College and received her MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College; she also studied at the LSE (1984-1985).  Kate has four children and is married to an investment banker. 

In 2009 she was named as one of Red Magazine’s Red Hot Women for her work as a mentor and for championing corporate flexibility.  In addition, Kate was one of the three UK women to be named in the 2009 TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards.

Employer Panelists

Neil Lewis
Team Leader - Bloomberg 

Neil Lewis is a Team Leader in the Bloomberg European terminal sales team. He runs a team of Derivative sales specialists responsible for the European Derivatives business. Neil started at Bloomberg 12 years ago after graduating with an Honours Degree in International Business at University of Plymouth. He spent three years in Analytics, progressing to the Analytics Management team, before moving into terminal sales where he has been responsible for Russia, Scotland, London Buy-side and Global Relationship Managers for Barclays.

Rhonda Martin
Development Manager - ICAEW

Rhonda Martin is a development manager for ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). Rhonda leads on the ICAEW’s work on a number of major initiatives including the ICAEW's Women on Boards work; Women in Leadership, focused on helping high potential women transition to senior management roles; and  “Narrowing the Gap” programme, aimed at supporting career breakers with their return to work.

Siobhan McDonagh
Managing Director - Credit Suisse

Siobhan McDonagh is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Talent, Branding & Communications division, based in London. She is responsible for EMEA Human Resources.

Mrs. McDonagh joined Credit Suisse in April 2011 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she was the Global Head of Human Resources for Corporate Banking. Previously, she worked at Linklaters LLP for five years as Human Resources Manager and prior to that, worked for Marks and Spencer PLC for 11 years, fulfilling a variety of roles.

Mrs. McDonagh holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Surrey.

Jim Richardson
Executive and Global Head of Resourcing – Royal Bank of Scotland Global Banking and Markets

Jim Richardson is an Executive and Global Head of Resourcing at RBS' Global Banking and Markets Division with responsibility for both Graduate and Lateral hiring. Jim joined RBS in April 2010. Prior to joining RBS, Jim held a number of positions at Credit Suisse including the Global Head of Lateral Recruitment for the Investment Bank, Global Head of Graduate recruitment for the Asset Management Division, and European Head of Graduate recruitment.

Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Jim was European Head of Lateral Recruitment at Lehman Brothers for three and a half years, where he undertook a full review of outsourced recruitment services. Prior to joining Lehman, he spent three years in the recruitment industry, working at Michael Page and a small boutique, specialising in the recruitment of compliance, risk, and corporate finance professionals. He began his career at Ernst & Young where he qualified as a chartered accountant within the audit practice specialising in manufacturing and media.

Jim is a member of the Executive Grapevine Advisory Board as well as sitting on the advisory board of Teach First.





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