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2021 iRelaunch Virtual Employer Summit

April 28 — April 29, 2021
2021 Employer Summit

Breaking new ground in employer return to work programming

The iRelaunch Virtual Employer Summit brings together the leading minds in building return to work programs. The Summit provides the opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss innovations with peers, and benefit from the subject matter expertise of iRelaunch. Attendees will have the added benefit of becoming part of the expanding network of return to work champions and program managers that comprise the iRelaunch Employer Community.

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iRelaunch's Vision

At iRelaunch, our vision is for every employer running an entry level internship program for university students to be running a mid-career return to work (RTW) program for returning professionals, side by side.

The goal is for employers to develop a dedicated talent pipeline to hire high performing, high caliber relaunchers using in-house RTW programs that they own “end to end” in the same way they have developed dedicated pipelines to hire top university graduates using their in-house student internship programs.

2021 Employer Summit Agenda


The iRelaunch Virtual Employer Summit agenda features topics we know our employers most want to learn about and discuss. Most sessions will be followed by moderated Q&A breakouts with each speaker. Highlights include:

  • Lessons from a veteran champion of relaunchers and relaunch programs, DTCC's Phillip Anderson
  • The latest trends we are seeing in RTW programs, especially in a post-Pandemic world: which Covid-related changes to RTW programs and to the relaunch process are expected to endure?
  • Mastercard Relaunch Your Career and the first worldwide returnship cohort: a case study.
  • Innovations in career reentry programming at three groundbreaking programs: Leadership of RTW programs at three companies talk about their latest innovations in RTW programming, using approaches that have never been done before
  • Concurrent tracks/special sessions for
    • Future and Early Stage Program Track: Where do I start?
    • Mature and Later Stage Program Track: How to make them even better?
  • Spotlight on Program Managers
    • Perspective I: Two commercial banking professionals launched and "own" their company's RTW program.
    • Perspective II: Program managers at two companies discuss how they launched and grew their RTW programs as part of the STEM Reentry Task Force.
  • Panels of relaunchers in tech and finance talk about their experiences returning to work after long career breaks via a company program, and more.



2021 Employer Summit Breakout Sessions

Private, spontaneous breakout sessions with other attendees

40 breakout rooms will be available on request for private meetings with other program managers.....just like having private side conversations at an in-person conference (remember those?)
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SHRM Continuing Education Credits

This program is valid for 10.5 PDC's for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit
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HRCI Recertification Credits

This event has been approved for 10.5 HRCI recertification credits. The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.
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Private, after-Summit Recap and Debrief Session with iRelaunch Experts

Have more questions after the Summit? Carol Fishman Cohen and Jennifer Howland, co-heads of the iRelaunch Consulting Practice, will schedule a one hour session with representatives from each company to recap, debrief and answer additional questions (one per company).
Meet Carol and Jennifer
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Who Should Attend?

Employer representatives who:

  • run RTW programs and want to learn about innovations and problem solving at employer RTW programs that have produced the best results
  • have piloted RTW programs, are now expanding them, and want to understand how successful expansions have rolled out
  • are considering launching a RTW program and want to discover the range of RTW program models and approaches, and why employers decide on one or the other
  • want to recruit relaunchers but not necessarily through a formal RTW program and are interested in learning more about this talent pool

Fee to Attend: $495 per person

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Important note for prospective attendees

The Summit is a private event for a specific, employer-only audience. We will be vetting all prospective attendees, and only admit representatives from employers with existing return to work programs, or those interested in starting one. We do this to ensure the confidentiality of the setting for our speakers and for the audience interaction. Sessions are generally not recorded except in special situations. The Summit fee is $495 per person. Please indicate your interest here and we will be in touch shortly to follow up with registration details and logistics.

Here's what our 2021 Employer Summit attendees had to say ...

The summit was EXCELLENT! It was awesome to hear from companies that have more mature returnship programs and how they pivoted in light of covid. I also really enjoyed the program manager session. Overall, it was refreshing to know that others have faced some similar challenges and understand how they’ve overcome them.

Tabbi Fink (Former) LexisNexis Encore Program Manager
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It was time well spent! There was a lot of insights shared and the conversations were all very supportive. A great community to belong to!

2021 Employer Summit Attendee

I absolutely LOVED the openness of communication at every session. Also the fact that you had sessions for companies starting from zero vs companies that are more established was great for ensuring the most relevant information sharing for everyone.

2021 Employer Summit Attendee
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Thank you for offering this. Very worthwhile!

2021 Employer Summit Attendee