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What is the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference?

May 14 — May 16, 2024
Virtual, on the Brazen Platform
2024 May Conference Sponsors


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 are returning to work after a career break. Whether you are just beginning your relaunch or are well into it, the Conference provides the tools and resources you need for relaunch success. If you have been trying to resume your career and not getting results, the Conference is a great way to gain insight into the relaunching process and, most importantly, meet employers who want to talk to you.

Standard Conference admission includes access to following:

  • Pre-Conference Facebook Live events (recorded)

  • Pre-Conference Zoom session with Carol Fishman Cohen

  • Live Conference sessions on Tuesday, May 14th and Wednesday, May 15th

  • Job Fair on Thursday, May 16th

  • Recording of Conference sessions


The iRelaunch Return to Work Roadmap is available for an additional cost.


Want to attend?

Be one of the first to find out when we open registration for this event!

iRelaunch Return to Work Conference Agenda

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Pre-Conference Zoom Call with Carol Fishman Cohen

Join Carol as she sets the stage for the upcoming Conference. We will walk through how to enter the Conference and how to get in line and chat with our employer sponsors. This is a not-to-miss event.

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

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Speakers
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Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The Conference Doors OPEN

There are two ways to ENTER the Conference lobby:

  1. Through the email link in your inbox (it will arrive on Monday, May 13th)
  2. Through your iRelaunch account, here

5 minutes before a session is to begin, ENTER the session booth and wait for a video stream to appear. Once in the booth, please continue to refresh your screen or leave and enter the booth again if you don't see a video stream.

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11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
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Welcome Address

Welcome Speaker
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Keynote Address

Hear from CEO and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen as she discusses the important steps to take as you embark on your relaunch journey. Where do you begin? What should you do? How can you leverage your time away from the workforce? She will answer all these questions and more during her keynote address.

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Keynote Speaker
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Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Employer Panel I

Our employer panels are an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the hiring and onboarding processes within career reentry and direct hire programs. Join our company representatives as they share their perspectives of the various cultures and practices within their organizations. 

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Moderator
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Assessing Your Career Options

Join iRelaunch expert career coach, Bryn Panee Burkhart, as she guides you through an introspective process that helps you illuminate and define your relaunch path. This is the first step in relaunching your career. At the end of Bryn's session she will answer questions from audience members.

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Presenter
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Bryn Panee Burkhart Bright Evolution Leadership Coaching, LLC- Founder & Principal; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Conference doors OPEN

There are two ways to ENTER the Conference lobby:

  1. Through the email link in your inbox (it will arrive on Tuesday, May 14th)
  2. Through your iRelaunch account, here

5 minutes before a session is to begin, ENTER the session booth and wait for a video stream to appear. Once in the booth, please continue to refresh your screen or leave and enter the booth again if you don't see a video stream.

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Employer Panel II

Our employer panels are an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the hiring and onboarding processes within career reentry and direct hire programs. Join our company representatives as they share their perspectives of the various cultures and practices within their organizations. 

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Ask the Coaches

Based on questions you submitted at the time of registration, our expert career coaches will provide answers to what YOU want know about relaunching your career.

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Coaches
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Mary Beth Barrett-Newman 2nd Career Consulting - President; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
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Sara Dickison Taylor Celebrate Life by Design, LLC - President & Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
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Matthew Temple Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University - Senior Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development; iRelaunch Advisory Board member
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
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Hear Their Relaunch Stories

They were just like you. Their goal was to relaunch their careers after a career break. Learn how they succeeded, what advice they want you to hear, and easily avoidable mistakes they don't want you to make during your career relaunch.


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Moderator
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3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
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Closing Remarks

Carol Fishman Cohen recaps the past two days of the Conference. Highlighting important information for your career relaunch. 

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Carol Fishman Cohen iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Networking with Employers

PRO TIP: When the Conference is live, wait times might be long. Don't leave your computer unattended. Once every 30 minutes, move your mouse or click on a link within one of the Conference booths, otherwise Brazen will log you out of the Conference and you will lose your place in line. If this happens, and you are logged out of the Conference, follow the steps below in order to log back in.

There are two ways to enter the Conference.

1. Sign in through the email that was sent to you this morning.

2. Sign in through your iRelaunch account and find the tile that says ENTER DAY 3 

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Sponsors

Speakers

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Carol Fishman Cohen

iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder

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Mary Beth Barrett-Newman

2nd Career Consulting - President; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

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Bryn Panee Burkhart

Bright Evolution Leadership Coaching, LLC- Founder & Principal; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

Sara Dickison Taylor's headshot in circular frame

Sara Dickison Taylor

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

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Matthew Temple

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

In the past 48 hours I've implemented many tips for strengthening my resume, preparing for interviews/chats, and applied to several re-launcher and re-ignite programs. Were it not for these panel sessions, I can guarantee I would flub my interviews and be totally unprepared for the chats. Here are some of my take-aways:

  • Stay positive
  • "Do it scared" (everything new is by definition outside your comfort zone)
  • Mine your work and volunteer experiences (also your career break) for where you learned and practiced transferable skills
  • Pre-prepare chat messages in a document to copy and paste in order to save time and make more use of the 10min chat opportunities.
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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.

What can I expect?

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.

How will content be delivered?

Upon Conference registration, and depending on the level you sign up for, you will receive access to important content to help you prepare in the months leading up to the event.

During the 3-day Conference, you will

  • hear from iRelaunch CEO and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen in a live keynote address
  • hear from return to work career reentry leaders from some of the nation’s largest employers on return to work career reentry strategies, what employers are looking for and the latest in return to work career reentry 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)
  • hear from successful relaunchers on how they returned to work
  • visit with employer sponsor representatives who are hiring relaunchers (live employer booths)

How will I connect with employers?

iRelaunch uses the Brazen platform, which optimizes the experience for employers and relaunchers to connect at our virtual career fair.

When you register for the Conference, make sure to follow through to the link on the Brazen platform to complete your profile and resume upload there so the employer sponsors can see your full background.

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.

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.

My favorite part of the day was when I was able to connect with recruiters from different companies, from the comfort of my home. It gave me newfound confidence and lifted my spirits. What's more, I have a few companies who gave me great feedback and have an interview lined up as well. Thank you, Team iRelaunch for creating this platform and making this otherwise confusing, lonesome journey very productive.

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