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iRelaunch and Mocha Moms 2021 Return to Work Employer Showcase

June 17, 2021
8:00 PM EST Virtual

Black Relaunchers Perspective

Employer Return to Work Showcase Event

An iRelaunch and Mocha Moms, Inc. Event

iRelaunch and Mocha Moms, Inc. are excited to bring you the first event of its kind...a joint employer showcase featuring employers with return to work programs interested in recruiting those with extended career breaks.

About our Partnership with Mocha Moms, Inc.

Here's what to expect...

Hear from career reentry expert and iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen on the top strategies for returning to work after a career break.

Following Carol's remarks, Mocha Moms National President Kuae Kelch will moderate a panel featuring return to work program managers from Facebook, Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley discussing details about their programs and sharing advice for relaunchers interested in applying.

We will conclude with a Q & A session with Carol, Kuae and the employer panelists.

What is Mocha Moms, Inc?

Mocha Moms, Inc. is delighted to partner with such an impactful organization as iRelaunch, and we look forward to providing resources and building a network for mothers of color relaunchers!

Join Mocha Moms, Inc. and become a part of an organization that provides sisterhood, support and service for mothers of color. Its mission is to support, inspire, educate, and advocate for mothers of color through strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, strong educational foundations, volunteerism, and activism.

When you join Mocha Moms, you become a member of our online and in-person community. We have nearly 1,600 members and 60 chapters in 31 states with an online community and social media following of more than 100,000.

Our chapters are returning to in-person programming, and with mandated safety protocols. Almost monthly, over the past year, we hosted virtual events on various topics, i.e., return-to-work, self-care, parent related, social justice, mental wellness, and more. Some of our chapters and National Office will continue to offer virtual events after summer hiatus.

To join Mocha Moms, Inc., there is a $50 annual membership fee. Please visit for more information.

Join Mocha Moms, Inc. today!

Meet our incredible Mocha Moms moderator and employer panelists...

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Kuae Kelch


Kuae Kelch is National President of Mocha Moms, Inc. and an Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the print, broadcast and online media. Currently she is an editorial producer booking high profile newsmakers for CNN's morning show 'New Day" with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota. She has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites and has contributed to The Huffington Post. She was a contributing editor for Plum Magazine and is the former editor in chief of the national magazine Black Family Today. Kuae is a former producer for the award-winning newsmagazine Dateline NBC, as well as Headliners and Legends with Matt Lauer on MSNBC. Since 2010 Kuae has been National President of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization with 100 chapters in 29 states and a fast growing online presence of 100,000+ dedicated to supporting mothers of color. Over the past decade, she has increased the visibility of Mocha Moms and highlighted the stories of numerous mothers of color. Mocha Moms has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Essence Magazine, and television segments have appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s Nightline. Mocha Moms was a stakeholder organization during the Obama administration that partnered with the White House on various initiatives, as well as the EPA, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In August 2013, she was on the cover of the New York Times Magazine as part of “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In” story by Judith Warner on moms returning to work after taking a career break. Kuae holds a B.A. in Print Journalism from Howard University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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Meredith Aydelotte

Facebook's Return to Work Program Manager

Meredith Aydelotte leads Facebook’s Return to Work Program (RTW). Her responsibilities include overseeing the program’s expansion globally and across business areas. Based in North America, she also drives onboarding support teams in the Europe and Asia Pacific regions. In addition to RTW, Meredith is responsible for improving the remote experience for new hires to the Infrastructure Foundation organization. Prior to Facebook, Meredith operated as a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) for various companies in the hospitality and technology industries. Focus areas include development of internship programs, performance evaluation management, compensation system analysis, and manager training. After nine years in the field, Meredith stepped away from the corporate world to start her family. During her over five year career break, Meredith indulged her passion for health and wellness and became a personal trainer, yoga instructor, and nutrition coach. This allowed her to flex her other skill sets: fostering trusting relationships, motivating clients to achieve their goals, and guiding clients toward reaching a healthy mindset. When she was ready to return to the corporate workforce, Meredith encountered the many barriers facing those with a career break. Joining Facebook as an RTW Program participant allowed Meredith to develop insights from a participant perspective. Coupling those insights with her HRBP experience, Meredith has structure Facebook’s RTW program to ensure positive outcomes on behalf of both the Returners and the businesses they join.
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Sandra Fernandes

Wells Fargo's Glide - Relaunch Program Manager

Sandra Fernandes is the Program Director for Wells Fargo's Glide – Relaunch program in the U.S. In this role, Sandra oversees and determines recruiting, engagement and retention strategy for the enterprise wide Returnship Program. Previously, she was the University Program strategy lead for the Leadership Pipeline Program (LPP) and Wealth and Investment Management (WIM) at Wells Fargo. In this role she oversaw the Alumni, intern and full-time Associate/Analyst programs of LPP & WIM while consulting with senior leaders and human resources partners on generational diversity. These programs hire over 100 participants annually into positions located across the country and business supporting WIM, Wholesale and PVSI. Collectively these programs include an alumni community of 500+ participants. Sandra started her career with Wells Fargo in 2006. Prior to her current role, she was an executive recruiter and diversity head hunter supporting WIM. She was a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (DIAC) for Wells Fargo Advisors and served on United Way’s Leadership board in St. Louis, MO. Prior to Wells Fargo, Sandra worked for GE Financial managing campus relations on a national level. Sandra earned her B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University. She has also taken additional coursework from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management through Wells Fargo’s Latino Leaders Program. Sandra Sits on the Charlotte Advisory Board for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and the WIM Diversity Council. Her top five strengths are Achiever, Futuristic, Relator, Competition and Focus. Sandra resides in Charlotte, NC and in her spare time she enjoys traveling.
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Darla Pires DeGrace

Morgan Stanley's Executive Director, Global Head of Diversity Talent Acquisition

Darla, a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts and first-generation college graduate, earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Emmanuel College and a graduate degree from Simmons University School of Management. Her career spans over two decades and she has been recognized as a subject matter expert on building diverse teams and creating more inclusive work cultures. Darla has a proven track record of building strategic recruitment partnerships, successfully launching employee resource groups, and curating and facilitating DEI content. She worked to establish and nurture the relationship between Reebok and Howard University leading to the brand’s first formal partnership and internship program with an HBCU. She championed and launched Reebok's first POC ERG leading to the development of several other resource groups including the LGBTQ and passport diversity ERGs. She has held positions and consulted on similar projects with notable organizations including: Akamai Technologies, City Year, Inc., Lupoli Companies, National Black MBA Association, Legacy Global Sports, US Department of Education, Year Up, Inc. and Zildjian. Darla recently joined Morgan Stanley as Executive Director, Global Head of Diversity Talent Acquisition. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Darla served as CEO, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist for DeGrace Group Consulting LLC, a thriving diversity staffing and culture solutions firm she launched in 2017. DeGrace Group clients span multiple sectors including government agencies, global corporate and national non-profit clients. She is the President Emeritus and Executive Board Member for the National Black MBA Association-Boston, Co-Chairs The BASE Women’s Leadership Council, is a Member of the Board of Trustees for The Boys and Girls Clubs, Leadership Brainery, Commonwealth Corporation, and recent GLAD Board Member (2017-2019). She was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as Commissioner on both the Black Advisory and the Plymouth 400 Commissions. In her spare time, you can find Darla enjoying motherhood, mentoring the next generation of DEI leaders and challenging gentrification. She recently launched Lincoln Way Projects, LLC., a real estate investment group committed to the revitalization of urban communities - named after the public housing development she grew up in.

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