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Jennifer Howland

Managing Director

Jennifer is a recognized expert in leading large, global development teams, career reentry programs, developing and progressing diverse technical talent, unconscious bias and career development, having been a frequent speaker at many notable conferences.

As the Managing Director at iRelaunch, the pioneering company in the career reentry space, she co-leads the consulting practice with the CEO and co-leads the STEM Reentry Task Force with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Prior to joining iRelaunch, Jennifer spent 35 fulfilling years as an engineer, manager and executive spanning engineering, strategy, product and services development, business and process transformation and service delivery. Her last role prior to retirement was the executive of IBM’s Pathways Program for experienced, diverse technical talent, a worldwide program to develop and implement bold actions to increase the representation of women and under-represented minorities in IBM’s technical executive positions. Through her numerous management and executive level roles in male-dominated environments she has always been passionate about helping women advance their careers.

One of the globally recognized Pathways programs Jennifer created at IBM – from ideation to implementation and expansion – is the successful non-traditional on-ramp program called IBM Tech Re-Entry. This 6-month ‘returnship’ program makes rejoining the tech industry easier for people who have been out of the workforce and are looking to return. The program expanded throughout the firm and worldwide.

Jennifer has been honored for her efforts on behalf of women and women in engineering. Accolades include the 2017 Good Housekeeping “10 Women Changing the Way We See the World” award for leadership in science and technology, the 2018 Hudson Valley Magazine “Women in Business” leadership award, the 2018 Women’s Leadership conference “Accelerator” award, and the 2019 Society of Women Engineer’s “Advocating Women in Engineering” award.

Jennifer earned her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University and an M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jennifer shares her knowledge on two advisory boards: Clarkson University’s Honor’s Program Advisory Council and the Executive Leadership program committee run by The Chamber Foundation, Inc. in Dutchess County, NY.