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What is the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference?

May 17 — May 19, 2022 Virtual, on the Brazen Platform

The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference is a three day event full of education, inspiration and opportunity to connect with employers looking to hire professionals who have been on career break. If you are just beginning your relaunch or maybe testing the waters to see if now is the time to return to work, the conference will provide the tools and inspiration you need to take the next step. If you have been trying to relaunch and not getting the results you had hoped for, the conference is a great way to gain insight into the relaunching process and, most importantly, meet employers who want to talk to you.

All registrants receive complimentary access to the Return to Work Roadmap when they register. We recommend starting to work through this online resource prior to attending the conference in order to make the most of your conference experience.

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I am so very happy that I attended the event. I am still at the very beginning stages of my relaunch journey, but I have so much more confidence after having participated in the conference.

May 2021 Conference Attendee

Who should attend?

This Conference is about relaunching your career. It is open to the public and meant for anyone who has the desire to get back to work after a multi-year career break regardless of your industry or field, the length of your career break, or the reason you chose to take a career break (child or elder care, health issues, pursuit of a personal interest, etc.).

Is this event only for women or mothers?

Not at all!

The event is open to anyone who has taken a career break, who is looking for tactical information and strategies on how to relaunch their career.

While the majority of relaunchers tend to identify as women, iRelaunch's services, content and conferences open to all gender identities and expressions as well as to all natures or reasons someone may take a career break.

I leave this conference humbled by the obvious effort and professionalism it exudes. It is a well-orchestrated symphony, that you should be commended for.

May 2021 Conference Attendee

What can I expect?

Each event registration includes access to all three days of Conference programming and networking with employer sponsors.

The event will take place virtually over the course of 3 days. The first two days will consist of content only and will not have any networking with sponsoring employers. The entirety of Day 3 will be dedicated only to networking with these incredible sponsors.

We’ve expanded our Conference agenda, providing you with valuable return to work programming during the Conference to prepare you to show your “best relaunch self” to our employer sponsors

The virtual platform means we can open the Conference to a national audience of relaunchers and employers, no longer confined by physical location.

How will content be delivered?

Your Conference registration includes important content that you will start to receive the minute you register to prepare you in the months leading up to these events. In advance of the Conferences, you will receive immediate access to the iRelaunch Return to Work Roadmap.

Content and networking will be delivered through the Brazen platform. During the 3-day Conferences, you will

  • hear from iRelaunch CEO and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen in a live keynote address
  • hear from iRelaunch Managing Director and former IBM executive Jennifer Howland
  • hear from return to work leaders from some of the nation’s largest companies on return to work strategies, what employers are looking for and the latest in return to work programming (live employer panel discussions)
  • attend our popular “Assessing Your Career Options” workshop (live session)
  • get top advice from our iRelaunch coaching team (live panels)
  • visit with employer sponsor representatives who are hiring relaunchers (live employer booths)

It's really clear that Carol is an expert in this area through her own personal experience as well as her relationships working with others in this area. She's very well organized and a talented, engaging speaker.

May 2021 Conference Attendee

How will I connect with employers?

iRelaunch has done extensive research to find the best platform available for conversations between job seekers and employers.

Through the platform's orderly queue, you'll be able to have focused, text-based chat conversations and may also be invited by the Representative to video or audio chat. You will have the option to accept the invitation to begin video or audio chatting or to decline and continue the text chat. Read how the Video-Audio-Chat experience will be during the Conference.

Your resume, if already uploaded to your profile, is automatically provided to employers when you enter their booths to chat. You'll have dedicated time to chat with employer sponsors at the Conference.

With this easy-to-use, online chat platform, you'll be able to confidently make your best impression and begin meaningful conversations with employers.

Do I need any special technology to attend?

Nope! There are no downloads or plug-ins required to participate in an event on the Brazen platform. You just need a strong internet connection and one of our supported browsers.

All modern browsers which support WebRTC, including the latest versions of:

  • Chrome (desktop and mobile)
  • Version 83 and higher for Windows
  • Safari (desktop and mobile; screen sharing feature is limited)
  • Firefox
  • MS Edge

NOTE: Some sponsors may invite you to a video chat, if you choose to participate in a video chat you must make sure your camera and microphone are enabled.

Having taken a career break of 9 years from the software industry, I was lacking the confidence. But the speakers at the sessions were so positive and encouraging. The resources like the roadmap and the podcasts helped me prepare myself on how to talk about breaks. The "Own your break" concept resonated so well with me.

May 2021 Conference Attendee