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 over 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 nearly 3.7 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" and the acclaimed more recent HBR article
Her 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, NBCNews.com, 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 1,000 audiences.
Carol received the Target Storyteller's Award at 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. iRelaunch is the subject of a Stanford Graduate School of Business case study and Carol is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.
iRelaunch produces the iRelaunch Return to Work
Conferences and works with over 250 clients on career reentry programs and programming. iRelaunch co-leads the STEM Re-entry Task Force
with the Society of Women Engineers, which has over 40 employer members,
representing industry leaders across 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 over 85% 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 in South Florida. LinkedIn