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The 19th iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference was Bigger and Better Than Ever Before!

“Welcome everyone! We are going to start now and I can’t wait for us to experience this incredible day!  This day is about learning the best return to work strategies, having conversations with employers who understand the value that we, relaunchers bring to the table and what a great talent pool we are, and it’s really about the future of relaunching.

“Because the companies in this room understand that focusing on returning professionals is a long term success strategy. It’s important signaling to their own alumni who might be on career break. It’s important signaling to their Millennial employees who according to recent studies are expected to take career breaks in large numbers, both women and men. 

“And this day is about all of you – recognizing and understanding for yourself the value you bring to the work place and establishing that personalize pathway to get you there.  You will realize that some of the most important contacts you meet today are each other, the others sitting around the table with you.”

Thus began the 19th iRelaunch Return to Work Conference at Columbia University, with iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen kicking off the jam-packed day. Once again with a capacity crowd of over 600 attendees, the Conference sold out earlier than ever before and with nearly 200 people on the waiting list. 

A capacity crowd at the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference – sold out for the 7th year in a row!

Lead Sponsor Morgan Stanley’s Susan Reid, Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, spoke to the crowd about return-to-work success stories at Morgan Stanley, their Return to Work reentry internship program, and the power of the relaunch demographic.


Audience dazzler Susan Reid, Morgan Stanley Global Head of D&I, kicks off our incredible day of return-to-work strategy, connections, JOBS!

Forty speakers presented throughout the day, including relaunchers talking about their success stories in sectors ranging from non-profits and start-ups to tech, law, finance, healthcare sales, media and anti-money laundering! 

Carol Fishman Cohen talks about the 40 iRelaunch Conference speakers, including many relaunchers telling their success stories. 

We honored former Sara Lee Corporation CEO Brenda Barnes with our very first iRelaunch Pioneering Relauncher Award and showed this special video we created about her career path and the [email protected] reentry internship program she started.

Brenda Barnes, former CEO, Sara Lee Corporation – recipient of first iRelaunch Pioneering Relauncher Award.

Carol had the opportunity to interview on stage Fox Business Network Anchor Cheryl Casone about her book The Comeback .

Live interview FoxBusiness Network's Cheryl Casone, author of The Comeback

Graduates of five corporate reentry internship programs at Morgan Stanley, AT Kearney, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan spoke, as did employer representatives from PwC, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments and Morgan Stanley giving job search advice. Senior engineers from IBM, GM, Cummins, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) CEO and Director of Fund Development were all there representing their respective technical reentry programs as part of the inaugural STEM Reentry Task Force which iRelaunch originated and co-leads. The 2017 STEM Reentry Task Force launches this month with five huge global companies participating. 

Alums from JP Morgan, MorganStanley, ATKearney, GoldmanSachs, and Credit Suisse reentry internship programs talk about their success stories.

iRelaunch Special Advisor Michelle Friedman and GoldmanSachs Returnship alum Sangita Avasthi on the Corporate Reentry Internship Panel

Employer Senior Talent Acquisition Experts Give Job Search Advice:  (l to r) Falon Becker from Deutsche Bank, Matt Dziedzic from Morgan Stanley, Kanika Hyman from PwC, Dana Keating from Fidelity Investments, with moderator Michelle Friedman from AWCNY. 

Society of Women Engineers/iRelaunch STEM Reentry Task Force companies including (l to r): GM’s Kristen Siemen, SWE’s Jennifer Scott, iRelaunch’s Carol Fishman Cohen, Cummins Karen Ramsey-Idem, IBM’s Jennifer Howland

Here’s what we heard from our iRelaunch Conference attendees about the day: 

So worth attending! Great insight and inspiration from successful relaunchers, coaches, and  company/organization recruiters. I highly recommend the Conference and the Excel for relaunchers class. 

One of the best-organized Conferences I've ever attended.

All coaches and presenters were very open and accessible. Great supportive environment - left feeling energized and with increased clarity about my next steps.

I am at the beginning at the relaunch process. I walked away with a strong action plan, a network of like-minded relaunchers who can offer support, and a positive "I can do this" mindset. Thank you!

The iRelaunch Conference gave me many practical "takeaways," which I plan to incorporate into my job search. It was a very well-organized event, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about relaunching, or is already involved in the process.

Conference attendees gain so much insight into the process to map out an effective relaunch strategy. 

Once you put the steps into motion, you too can be well on your way to re-enter the workforce. This was an excellent venue which enabled me to proudly and boldly proclaim to [an employer] "I want to work for you" without having to apologize for taking a career break. The normalization of returning to work after a career break is wonderful step forward. Thank you!

Brava to the whole iRelaunch team for putting together such a high-quality, first-rate conference. The day was both inspiring and extremely practical. The quality of the recruiters is a true testament to the respect and reputation Carol Fishman Cohen has built up over the years - she has done so much for our community, and we are so grateful!

The iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference was an amazing experience. It was an honor to be part of this event. The Conference is truly a gathering of high-quality professionals.

This Conference delivers! At the end of the day I felt energized. My confidence level has gone up because I know what I must do. I will relaunch!! Thanks iRelaunch!

Here are more pictures of highlights from the day!

Relaunching in Healthcare, Marketing, Tech, Anti-money laundering with panelists from Milbert Kiggundu-Bentham, Senior Vice President, Bank of America; Moderator Jennifer Malach, Founder, 20/20 Career Solutions;  Mara Feldman, Sales Representative, Novo Nordisk; Haritha Choudhary, IBM Tech Reentry Program, IBM; and Jeni Abramson, Solutions Consultant, Arachnys

 

Assessing Your Career Options workshop led by iRelaunch Boot Camp Coach Arjan Arjan Eenkema van Dijk, President and Founder, InspireShift

 

The iRelaunch Executive Team! 

 

Attentive relaunchers in the audience at our iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference

 

iRelaunch Corporate Reentry Internship Panel (L to R):Jennifer Fleming from JP Morgan "ReEntry" and Jaismeen Gill from A.T. Kearney "Encore"

 

Relaunching in Media panel: Success stories from Lisen Stromberg (Moderator), CEO and Founder, PrismWork; Lisa Heffernan, Author, Blogger, Grown and Flown; Caytha Jentis, Independent Filmmaker; Kuae Kelch Mattox, Producer, CNN

 

Conference - strategic volunteering in Westchester County!

 

With Return-to-Work Change Agents (L to R): Kristen Siemen (GM), Jen Scott (Society of Women Engineers), Karen Ramsey-Idem (Cummins), and Jennifer Howland (IBM)

 

Our Sponsors! 

 

Jennifer Scott, return-to-work change agent and co-lead of STEM Reentry Task Force – relaunching in Tech! 

 

Lots of return-to-work conversation at the A.T. Kearney table at the 19th iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference! 

 

Capacity crowd at Columbia for our 19th iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference! Earliest sell-out and longest wait list ever

 

iRelaunch Coach Arjan Eenkema Van Dijk leading the Assess Your Career Options Workshop

 

The iRelaunch Coaching team! (l to r) Kendell Brown, Valerie Cherneski, Sara Dickison Taylor, Suzanne Coonan, Mary Beth Barrett-Newman, Jen Malach, Arjan Eenkema Van Dijk

 

Employer panelists: Matt Dziedzic, Executive Director, Experienced Recruiting - MorganStanley; Falon Becker, Vice President, Talent Acquisition - Deutsche Bank; Michelle Friedman (Moderator) Special Advisor, iRelaunch, Founder, Advancing Women’s Careers; Dana Keating, Principal Talent Acquisition Consultant - Fidelity Investments; Kanika Hyman Diversity Catalyst & Experienced Recruiting Lead - PwC

 

The Inspiring Capital team discussing their Women's Re-Inspiration Program at the iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference 

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