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Education, Opportunity, and Camaraderie Take Center Stage at the 2018 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference in NYC

If you were among the more than 600 relaunchers and sponsors at the October 4, 2018 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, you had to feel the energy and enthusiasm that charged through Columbia University's Lerner Hall. Throughout the inspiring and educational day, relaunchers learned not only how to go about returning to work after a career break but were infused with support and encouragement from more than 40 speakers and 26 employer sponsors. Take a look at just a few of the highlights of the Conference with us here. 

iRelaunch Career Coach and founder of Cherneski Coaching, Valerie Cherneski, greets relaunchers at the Conference registration desk. 
 

Making friends and building networks - time spent meeting other relaunchers is an empowering part of the day.
 
Carol Fishman Cohen, iRelaunch Chair and Co-founder, builds a foundation for the day during her keynote presentation.
 
Introducing iRelaunch's new CEO, Jill Kravetz
 
Katie Fogarty of Reboot explains how to tell your story as a relauncher.
 
LinkedIn's Oliver Schinkten demystifies LinkedIn by giving tips to make the platform work for you.
 
Conference moderator, iRelaunch Special Advisor and Founder of Advancing Women's Careers, Valerie Friedman speaks with Tamara Dowling of SeekingSuccess.com about resumes for relaunchers.
 
During the break, Oliver Schinkten speaks one-on-one with relaunchers about their LinkedIn profiles.
 
Relaunchers network with reps from sponsoring companies including lead sponsor Morgan Stanley, and sponsors Bank of America, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie, Moody's, OnRamp, RBC Capital Markets, American Express, BNY Mellon, J.P. Morgan, Natixis, Neuberger Berman, SEO Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, Societe Generale, Society of Women Engineers, UBS, Covey Club, HERC, Interview Mastery, LinkedIn, Reboot, and SeekingSuccess.com.
 
Spending time building new networking pools...
 
... sharing stories
 
... sharing experiences
 
... and more networking with employer sponsors
 
Carol talks with Interview Mastery's Michael Neece.
 
"Salary Negotiations for Relaunchers" included a lively and humorous role-playing experience with Ginny Brzezinski; iRelaunch coach and founder of Carroll Welch Consulting Carroll Welch; and iRelaunch coach and founder of 2nd Career Consulting Mary Beth Barrett-Newman.
Rob Rooney, Managing Director and Head of Technology for lead sponsor Morgan Stanley, addresses the audience with dedication to the power and experience of the relauncher employee. 
 
 
iRelaunch honored The Society of Women Engineers with the first iRelaunch Impact Award for SWE's leadership role in establishing the STEM Re-entry Task Force, co-led by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and iRelaunch. Here, Carol is pictured with SWE Executive Director & CEO Karen Horting and SWE Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Jennifer Scott.
 
Watch how two engineers with career breaks of 22 and 19 years relaunched their careers through Northrop Grumman's iReturn Program.
 
Networking with relaunchers at roundtable discussions during lunch.
 
Relauncher and entrepreneur Barbara Warren of the Perennial Project leads a lively roundtable discussion.
 
iRelaunch advisory board member and CNN producer, Kuae Kelch Mattox, (left) networks with relaunchers during lunch.
 
Talking with sponsors
 
and learning about career opportunities
 
"Reinvention," a popular relauncher topic, is examined by former MORE magazine editor-in-chief and founder of Covey Club, Lesley Jane Seymour. 
 
Relaunchers enjoying Lesley's talk.
 
Breakout sessions included iRelaunch coach and founder and CEO of InspireShift, Arjan Eenkema van Dijk's "Assessing Your Career Options" ...
 

... "The Non-Traditional Relaunch" led by iRelaunch coaches Valerie Cherneski, founder of Cherneski Coaching, and Sara Dickison Taylor, president and founder of Celebrate Life by Design with speakers Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa Heffernan, founders of Grown and Flown, and Maida Robinson, Chief Administrative Officer of Rye Presbyterian Church
 

Gisselda Nunez of Morgan Stanley gives advice to relaunchers with other sponsor representatives. 
 
Enjoying the camaraderie among relaunchers.
 
Breaks also include an opportunity to speak one-on-one with iRelaunch coaches such as Carroll Welch of Carroll Welch Consulting ...
 
... and to meet iRelaunch founder and CEO Carol Fishman Cohen.
 
After all that, could there be anything missing? Panelists Dave Carty, Angi Ciccarelli, Lori Hill, and Mona Jha cover anything that wasn't already covered during the day on our final panel, "What I Wish I'd Known."
 
And at the end, Carol looks out on the crowd to celebrate the newfound confidence and optimism among relaunchers.


Join us for one of our upcoming iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences! Expect to experience a day like this one - full of the topics that you want to learn more about, the employers that you want to meet, and the companionship of fellow relaunchers. See you next time!

 

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