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Carol Fishman Cohen

CEO and Co-Founder

Carol Fishman Cohen, builder of corporate career re-entry programs and leader of the iRelaunch #returntowork community (now nearly 100,000 strong) is a pioneer in the career re-entry space. Her viral TED talk "How to get back to work after a career break," has over 3.6 million views and is translated into 30 languages. She is the host of the popular 3,2,1 iRelaunch podcast and is the author of the seminal Harvard Business Review article "The 40-Year-Old Intern" which 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. Her most recent HBR article "Return to Work Programs Come of Age" examines the evolution of career reentry programs over nearly 20 years, features innovations and best practices for launching and running these programs, and provides expert advice for the visionary manager proposing a return to work program to senior leadership.  Cohen’s articles have been published in HBR,, Fairygodboss, Forbes and Next Avenue. Regularly quoted in the national press as a subject matter expert on career re-entry, and a sought-after international speaker, Carol has addressed over 800 audiences.

Carol received the Target Storyteller's Award on the main stage of the 2019 Massachusetts Conference for Women before 11,000 attendees. She was named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 leading management thinkers and was shortlisted for the 2017 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the "Talent" category. She received the 2017 "Enterprising Woman Award" from the Women's Enterprise Development Center and the Society of Women Engineers President's Award in 2017 for co-founding the STEM Re-entry Task Force. In 2018 Carol received the National Military Spouse Impact Award for her significant contributions in the area of military spouse employment. iRelaunch was a finalist for the 2017 MassTLC Building a Better Workforce Award.

Cohen and the iRelaunch team produce the iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences and work with over 200 clients on career reentry programs and programming. iRelaunch co-leads the STEM Re-entry Task Force with the Society of Women Engineers, which has 34 corporate members, representing leading companies in industry sectors including technology, defense, aerospace, pharma, automobiles, industrial equipment, oil and gas, and more. Hundreds of relaunchers have participated in Task Force company return to work programs to date, and 84% have been hired. Cohen is a relauncher herself, having returned to work at Bain Capital after an 11 year career break before co-founding iRelaunch. A graduate of Pomona College and Harvard Business School, she lives outside of Boston. Follow Carol on Twitter: @iRelaunch and on LinkedIn