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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. It is a great way to gain insight into the relaunching process and, most importantly the Conference provides the opportunity for employers to chat with and connect with relaunchers qualified for their open roles and programs.

Registration for the May 2022 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference is now closed.

Regrettably, we are unable to reopen registration or accept any late registrants. Please save the dates for our next conference (October 12th-14th, 2022) and sign up here to get updates on when we open registration for our October 2022 Conference.

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

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Partner Sponsors

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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.

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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.

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 a live panel of our iRelaunch coaching team
  • visit with employer sponsor representatives who are hiring relaunchers (live employer booths)

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 to use a supported internet browser.

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.

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.

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iRelaunch Return to Work Conference Agenda

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Online via Zoom

Pre-Conference Webinar with Carol Fishman Cohen

Join Carol as she sets the stage for tomorrow's Conference kick-off and answers any last minute questions you have about the Conference. This is a not-to-miss event!

This special pre-Conference session will take place on Zoom, not on Brazen.

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Speaker
Carol Fishman Cohen headshot
Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Online via Brazen

Conference Opens

Enter the Conference Lobby through this link, look around at the different session booths (read the session descriptions), make a game plan for which ones you would like to attend. About 5 minutes before a session is to begin, ENTER the booth and at the scheduled start time of the session a video stream will appear.

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12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
Online via Brazen

Welcome Address by Meta

Hear from Meta, our lead sponsor for the May Conference, as they kick off our 31st Return to Work Conference.

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Welcome Speaker
Rachel M Eta
Rachel Barden Meta - Documentation Engineering Manager
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Online via Brazen

Keynote Address

Join iRelaunch CEO and Co-founder, Carol Fishman Cohen as she discusses the critical strategies you need to consider in building your own personalized return to work plan.

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Speakers
Carol Fishman Cohen headshot
Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online via Brazen

Coaches' Panel: Let’s Get Down to Brass Tacks: Managing Your Search from A-Z

Starting a job search can feel overwhelming, especially for Relaunchers. How do you maintain your emotional energy? How can you gain more focus? What types of goals should you be setting? Our panel of coaches will give you specific advice to move your search forward. In addition to answering your questions, our coaches will give examples about creating a company list, applying for jobs, interviewing skills and maintaining your momentum.

The coaches will be taking questions from audience members during this session. In order to ask a question, post it in the discussion feed by clicking the discussion icon found in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You will see the icon as soon as the session begins. The coaches will do their best to get to as many questions as possible.

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Moderator
Janet Peterson Brick Background Headshot
Janet Peterson iRelaunch - Diversity Lead, Business Development
Speakers
Kendell
Kendell Brown Ascension Careers, LLC - Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
Mary beth
Mary Beth Barrett-Newman 2nd Career Consulting - President; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
Sara DT
Sara Dickison Taylor Celebrate Life by Design, LLC - President & Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
Matthew Temple latest pic
Matthew Temple Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University - Senior Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development; iRelaunch Advisory Board member
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online via Brazen

Assessing Your Career Options

iRelaunch career coach, Bryn Panee Burkhart, guides you through an introspective process that helps you illuminate and define your relaunch path.

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Speakers
BPB Headshot1
Bryn Panee Burkhart Next Evolution Leadership Coaching & Career Management - Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Online via Brazen

Conference Opens

Enter the Conference Lobby through this link, look around at the different session booths (read the session descriptions), make a game plan for which ones you would like to attend. About 5 minutes before a session is to begin, ENTER the booth and at the scheduled start time of the session a video stream will appear.

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Online via Brazen

Hiring Employers - Panel One

Executives from Meta, Wells Fargo and Oracle will discuss why they want to hire "you" the relauncher.

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Moderator
Nivedita Naithani's Headshot with a brick wall in the background
Nivedita Joshi Naithani iRelaunch - Managing Director
Speakers
Scaturro Sarah Headshot
Sarah Scaturro Wells Fargo - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Talent Program Leader, Glide – Relaunch
Ambica Bhasin Photo
Ambica Bhasin Meta - Technical Program Manager
Jo anna thomas Oracle
Jo Anna Thomas Oracle - Principal Program Manager
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Online, via Brazen

Interview with Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, a mother of five who relaunched after a 13-year career break

Shay Baker, a returner who now manages Return Utah, the first-in-the-nation state-led career reentry program, interviews Lt. Gov. Henderson about her career path leading up to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the idea that led to the launch of Return Utah, her vision for the program, and her thoughts about relaunching careers.

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Interviewer
Shay baker
Shay Baker Return Utah - Program Manager
Speaker
Deirde Henderson
Deidre Henderson Utah’s Lieutenant Governor
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Online, via Brazen

One-on-one interview with relauncher Shay Baker, program manager of Return Utah

The first-in-the-nation state-led career reentry program. Following Shay's interview with Lt. Gov. Henderson, we will follow up with Shay to hear about her relaunch as a participant in the inaugural cohort of Return Utah and her new role as the program manager of Return Utah.

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Interviewer
Carol Fishman Cohen headshot
Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
Speaker
Shay baker
Shay Baker Return Utah - Program Manager
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Online, via Brazen

Hiring Employers - Panel Two

Workday, Credit Suisse and Lockheed Martin all have programs for the relauncher. Hear what they look for in a candidate. 

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Moderator
Matthew Temple latest pic
Matthew Temple Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University - Senior Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development; iRelaunch Advisory Board member
Speakers
Teresa De Bar
Teresa DeBar Workday - VP, Global Head of Talent Acquisition
Alex Ledin
Alexander Ledin Lockheed Martin - Senior Manager, Technical Cost / Design to Cost
Adrianne Kadzinski headshot
Adrianne Kadzinski Credit Suisse - Group Head of Innovation
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Online, via Brazen

Hiring Employers - Panel Three

How do you know if a company is the right fit? Hear from Amazon, Vanguard and The Aerospace Corporation about the roles they are looking to fill through their return to work programs.

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Moderator
Elizabeth Gish's headshot with a brick wall in the background
Elizabeth Gish iRelaunch - Managing Director
Speakers
A smiling picture of Uma Bruegman in a gray suit against a blue backdrop
Uma Bruegman Aerospace - Assistant General Manager, Strategic Assessments and Studies Division within Aerospace’s Civil Systems Group
Mindi Marisa
Mindi Marisa Vanguard - Head of High Net Worth Advice
Headshot Alex Mooney Amazon
Alex Mooney Amazon - Sr. Manager of DEI Talent Acquisition Programs
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Online, via Brazen

Ask Us Anything

Join iRelaunch CEO and Co-Founder, Carol Fishman Cohen, and Managing Director, Jennifer Howland, as they answer questions you have about the relaunch process.

In order to ask a question, post it in the discussion feed by clicking the discussion icon found in the upper right hand corner of your screen in Brazen. You will see the icon as soon as the session begins. Carol and Jennifer will do their best to get to as many questions as possible.

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Speakers
Carol Fishman Cohen headshot
Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
Jennifer Howland's headshot with a brick wall in the background
Jennifer Howland iRelaunch - Managing Director
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Online, via Brazen

A conversation with Media Maven and relauncher Zibby Owens

Publishing industry disrupter, acclaimed author, award winning podcaster of “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books” and leader of the Moms Don’t Have Time To empire. Her recent ‘11 years’ #calloutyourbreak insta post talking about how she emerged from her divorce and parented her four children while relaunching to professional heights she could never have predicted, inspired relaunchers everywhere. We know Zibby will cover the highs and lows with equal transparency and can’t wait to sit down with her.

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Speakers
Zibby Owens headshot
Zibby Owens Author Podcaster and CEO - Zibby Owens Media
Carol Fishman Cohen headshot
Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Online via Brazen

Recruiting Day

Enter the Conference Lobby by clicking this link. 

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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.

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Speakers

Carol Fishman Cohen headshot

Carol Fishman Cohen

iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder

Shay baker

Shay Baker

Return Utah - Program Manager

Rachel M Eta

Rachel Barden

Meta - Documentation Engineering Manager

Ambica Bhasin Photo

Ambica Bhasin

Meta - Technical Program Manager

Mary beth

Mary Beth Barrett-Newman

2nd Career Consulting - President; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

Kendell

Kendell Brown

Ascension Careers, LLC - Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

A smiling picture of Uma Bruegman in a gray suit against a blue backdrop

Uma Bruegman

Aerospace - Assistant General Manager, Strategic Assessments and Studies Division within Aerospace’s Civil Systems Group

BPB Headshot1

Bryn Panee Burkhart

Next Evolution Leadership Coaching & Career Management - Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

Teresa De Bar

Teresa DeBar

Workday - VP, Global Head of Talent Acquisition

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

Elizabeth Gish

iRelaunch - Managing Director

Deirde Henderson

Deidre Henderson

Utah’s Lieutenant Governor

Jennifer Howland's headshot with a brick wall in the background

Jennifer Howland

iRelaunch - Managing Director

Adrianne Kadzinski headshot

Adrianne Kadzinski

Credit Suisse - Group Head of Innovation

Alex Ledin

Alexander Ledin

Lockheed Martin - Senior Manager, Technical Cost / Design to Cost

Mindi Marisa

Mindi Marisa

Vanguard - Head of High Net Worth Advice

Headshot Alex Mooney Amazon

Alex Mooney

Amazon - Sr. Manager of DEI Talent Acquisition Programs

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

Nivedita Joshi Naithani

iRelaunch - Managing Director

Zibby Owens headshot

Zibby Owens

Author Podcaster and CEO - Zibby Owens Media

Janet Peterson Brick Background Headshot

Janet Peterson

iRelaunch - Diversity Lead, Business Development

Scaturro Sarah Headshot

Sarah Scaturro

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

Sara DT

Sara Dickison Taylor

Celebrate Life by Design, LLC - President & Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

Jo anna thomas Oracle

Jo Anna Thomas

Oracle - Principal Program Manager

Matthew Temple latest pic

Matthew Temple

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University - Senior Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development; iRelaunch Advisory Board member

Thank you. I felt empowered and reinvigorated after attending the event.

May 2021 Conference Attendee