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2024 iRelaunch Virtual Employer Summit

February 28, 2024
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Career Reentry Programming as a Competitive Advantage

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February 28th, 11am–5pm ET


The iRelaunch Virtual Employer Summit brings together the leading minds in building career reentry 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 career reentry champions and program managers that comprise the iRelaunch Employer Community.



The iRelaunch Employer Summit is exclusively for employers running, piloting or anticipating the future launch of a career reentry program. It is not a recruiting event. Attendance is limited to employer representatives only, and all registrants will be vetted in advance.

Agenda

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
On-line, via Zoom

Keynote Address:

Why Employers with Career Reentry Programs will have a Competitive Advantage going forward: hiring implications of the 100-year life, why career breaks are not going away, and future trends to think about now

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Speakers
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Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
On-line, via Zoom

Fireside Chat: Managing a Successful Returnship Program Through an Evolving Hiring Environment and a Return to Office Mandate:

A fireside chat with Sarah Scaturro, DE&I Talent Program Leader, Wells Fargo Glide – Relaunch Program

Wells Fargo’s Glide – Relaunch Program‘s ambitious launch during the pandemic in 2020 involved 12 business areas and included 34 returners in the first cohort. It ramped up quickly over the next three years, and there are now over 240 Glide Relaunch alumni inside the organization.

As the Glide – Relaunch team continues to evolve and refine the program, they are now doing so in an increasingly cautious hiring environment and in the midst of a return to office initiative involving many roles that used to be 100% remote.

We speak with program leader, Sarah Scaturro, about what 2024 will look like for Glide – Relaunch: both the challenges and the opportunities.

Note: This session will be set up to enable group discussion and we would like to hear from employer representatives about how their organizations are managing similar situations.

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Moderators
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Elizabeth Gish iRelaunch - Managing Director
Panelists
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Sarah Scaturro Wells Fargo - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Talent Program Leader, Glide – Relaunch
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
On-line, via Zoom

BREAK

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
On-line, via Zoom

Panel Discussion: A View from the Top

C-suite executives talk about the evolution of their returnship programs, managing a growing “program alumni” post-relaunch community, and how their program has impacted their organization

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Moderators
Carol Fishman Cohen Brick Background Headshot Close Distance
Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
Speakers
Anne New Headshot
Anne Erni Audible - Chief People Officer
Shanda hinton
Shanda Hinton RTX - Chief Diversity Officer
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
On-line, via Zoom

Hiring Relaunchers through Traditional Recruiting Channels

Hiring relaunchers through traditional recruiting channels, how it started happening more frequently, do they benefit from the career reentry program resources and other ways to support their return.

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Moderators
Nivedita Naithani's Headshot with a brick wall in the background
Nivedita Joshi Naithani iRelaunch - Managing Director
Speakers
Rachel Akers
Rachel Akers IBM – Talent Leader IBM New Collar Initiatives – Tech Re-Entry
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Melissa Borg Goldman Sachs - Vice President, Experienced Hire Recruiter, Asset & Wealth Management
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
On-line, via Zoom

Fireside Chat: Two Years In – Talking program details with Return Utah's Leader

Audience Note: This session is NOT Returnships 101! For those who would like that refresher, please reference the HBR article "Return to Work Programs Come of Age" before attending the Summit . This session is more like the Senior Seminar on Returnships. Both private and public sector employers will benefit from this detailed conversation with Shay Baker, relauncher and leader of the first state returnship program, Return Utah. 

Here's the level of detail we are going to get into: classification of relaunchers; categories of part time, full time, benefitted, not benefitted, when is day one for benefits, how do probation periods figure in when someone has already done a returnship, different kinds of returnship categories, conversion rates, retention discussion and getting more agency heads involved in the program. Be prepared to dive into the nitty gritty details in the wonkiest way in this session. Session attendees who are running programs - please bring your examples and experiences to the discussion.

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Speakers
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Shay Baker Return Utah - Program Manager
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
On-line, via Zoom

Fireside Chat: Diversifying the relauncher talent pool

Join us for a conversation with iRelaunch Diversity Lead, Janet Peterson, with commentary from Darla Pires DeGrace, Global Head of Diversity Talent Acquisition, Morgan Stanley. You'll hear how Darla came to iRelaunch with a concern - and a challenge - to diversify the iRelaunch community.

In this session, Janet will discuss events iRelaunch has produced, events she has attended at partner organizations, customized outreach campaign partnerships, and other examples that have been effective in increasing diversity in the iRelaunch community, and what employers can do to reach this talent pool. iRelaunch CEO and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen will moderate.

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Moderators
Carol Fishman Cohen Brick Background Headshot Close Distance
Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
Speakers
Darla Pires DeGrace
Darla Pires DeGrace Morgan Stanley - Global Head of Diversity Talent Acquisition
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Janet Peterson iRelaunch - Diversity Lead, Business Development
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
On-line, via Zoom

Closing Remarks:

Speakers
Carol Fishman Cohen Brick Background Headshot Close Distance
Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder

Speakers

Carol Fishman Cohen Brick Background Headshot Close Distance

Carol Fishman Cohen

iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder

Rachel Akers

Rachel Akers

IBM – Talent Leader IBM New Collar Initiatives – Tech Re-Entry

Shay Baker's headshot in circular frame

Shay Baker

Return Utah - Program Manager

Jpeg Melissa Borg

Melissa Borg

Goldman Sachs - Vice President, Experienced Hire Recruiter, Asset & Wealth Management

Darla Pires DeGrace

Darla Pires DeGrace

Morgan Stanley - Global Head of Diversity Talent Acquisition

Anne New Headshot

Anne Erni

Audible - Chief People Officer

Elizabeth Gish's headshot with a brick wall in the background

Elizabeth Gish

iRelaunch - Managing Director

Shanda hinton

Shanda Hinton

RTX - Chief Diversity Officer

Janet Peterson 1080 X1080

Janet Peterson

iRelaunch - Diversity Lead, Business Development

Nivedita Naithani's Headshot with a brick wall in the background

Nivedita Joshi Naithani

iRelaunch - Managing Director

Sarah Scaturro's headshot in circular frame

Sarah Scaturro

Wells Fargo - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Talent Program Leader, Glide – Relaunch

Here's what past Employer Summit attendees had to say...

A fantastic learning experience for all re-entry program managers and leads! I would recommend this event and partnership with iRelaunch to any company that is looking to start or redesign their company's re-entry program.

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iRelaunch's Vision

At iRelaunch, our vision is for every employer running an entry level student internship program to be running a mid-career reentry program, side by side.

The goal is for employers to develop a dedicated talent pipeline to hire high performing, high caliber relaunchers using in-house career reentry programs.

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Human Resources Certification Institute

Activity/Program ID: 658267 , 4.50 Credit Hours

The iRelaunch Employer Summit has been approved for HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). 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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Society of Human Resources Management

4.50 Professional Credits

iRelaunch is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. The iRelaunch Employer Summit is approved for 4.75 Professional Development Credits.

This Summit was amazing! Carol provided invaluable information and did a wonderful job of moderating. The speakers were incredible and provided great insight into their respective programs. Thank you for all of the resources. I am looking forward to sharing all of this information with my team and applying the best practices learned to redesign a best-in-class Returning Professionals Program. Thank you so much! I thoroughly enjoyed this Summit and learned so much!

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Who Should Attend?

Employer representatives who:

  • run career reentry programs and want to learn about innovations and problem solving at employer career reentry programs that have produced the best results
  • have piloted career reentry programs, are now expanding them, and want to understand how successful expansions have rolled out
  • want to recruit relaunchers but not necessarily through a formal career reentry program and are interested in learning more about this talent pool
  • employer representatives who are thinking about starting a career reentry program and want to learn the benefits of hiring this talent pool

The Summit was an excellent forum to learn more about iRelaunch, employer partners, and the state of re-entry programs. I highly recommend employer partners and employers thinking about starting a re-entry program to participate in the future!

2022 Employer Summit Attendee
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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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