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What is the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference?

October 12 — October 14, 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.

NEW this OCTOBER - we have added hours which accommodate relaunchers living outside the United States and Canada. Some companies have representatives joining us specifically from the U.K. and India to fulfill their recruitment needs in these locations. Sponsors recruiting during these hours are: Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Moody's, Oracle, UKG and Workday. Continue to watch this space as we add more sponsors.

Want to attend?

Admission increases the closer we get to the Conference, so register early to make the most of your Conference experience!

iRelaunch Return to Work Conference Agenda

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
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Pre-Conference Webinar with Carol Fishman Cohen

Join Carol as she sets the stage for next week's Conference. We will walk through how to enter the Conference and how to get in line to 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
11:30 AM - 4:20 PM
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The Conference goes LIVE

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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11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
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Deloitte Welcome Address by Kristi Lamar

Hear from our Lead Sponsor Deloitte, why they created their Encore program and why relaunchers are a valuable part of the workforce. 

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Welcome Speaker
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Kristi Lamar Deloitte - Managing Director
Collen Olson Brick Background Headshot
Colleen Olson iRelaunch - Business Development Executive
11:45 AM - 12:30 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
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
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Employer Panel I

Our employer panels are an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the hiring and onboarding processes within return to work and direct hire programs. Join our company representatives as they share their perspectives of the various cultures and practices within their organizations. Companies in this session are from Deloitte, Moody's and JP Morgan Chase & Company.

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Moderators
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Elizabeth Gish iRelaunch - Managing Director
Panelists
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DK Bartley Moody's - Chief Diversity Officer
Tace Heuston's headshot in circular frame
Tace Heuston J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management - International Head of AWM Talent Institute
Anjali Sinha's headshot in circular frame
Anjali Sinha Deloitte - National Talent Acquisition Leader
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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BREAK

There will be no scheduled live sessions during this time.

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2:30 PM - 3:20 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. 

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Speakers
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Bryn Panee Burkhart Next Evolution Leadership Coaching & Career Management - Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
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Networking your way to a Job Interview

Networking is an essential part of your career relaunch. Learn how to network from our panel of expert iRelaunch career coaches. Ask questions and get real time answers.

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Speakers
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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
Kelly huang
Kelly Huang Career Transformation; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Day Two of the Conference goes LIVE

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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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Online, via Brazen Add to calendar

Employer Panel II

Our employer panels are an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the hiring and onboarding processes within return to work 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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Moderators
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Anne Zacharias iRelaunch - Senior Director of Business Development
Speakers
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Alice Avellanet DTCC - Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Ashley Miller's headshot in circular frame
Ashley Miller Goldman Sachs - Associate, Diversity Recruiting Programs
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Veronica Villegas Amazon - Talent Acquisition Sr. Manager
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
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Anatomy of an Interview

Interviews have changed over the past couple of years. Learn best practices on how to interview and put your best "self" forward from our panel of expert iRelaunch career coaches. They will answer questions you have about the interview process.

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Speakers
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Mary Beth Barrett-Newman 2nd Career Consulting - President; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
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Kendell Brown Ascension Careers, LLC - Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach
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Janet Peterson iRelaunch - Diversity Lead, Business Development
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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*JUST ADDED* What I Wish I Knew - a panel of relaunchers discuss how they landed their jobs

Join Rochna Pant, Manager of Digital Marketing at iRelaunch as she hosts a panel of relaunchers who speak candidly about the tips and tricks they used to relaunch their careers.

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Moderators
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Rochna Pant iRelaunch - Manager, Digital Marketing
Speakers
Yogita Darade
Yogita Darade Senior Data Analytics Engineer, Core BTS
Wendy
Wendy Leung-Baumann Project Lead, Strategy Team, Allianz
Vada Raylol
Vada Raylol Environmental Scientist, N3B, Los Alamos, New Mexico
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
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Closing Remarks

You have learned how to relaunch your career, now take the next steps by talking with our employer sponsors during our recruiting day. Carol Fishman Cohen will highlight what you should take away from the Conference and how to best use your time during the recruiting day.

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5:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Virtual Career Fair with Employers - for opportunities outside the United States and Canada

The below agenda and networking session are for opportunities outside the United States and Canada. 

  • 5:00 am EDT Carol Fishman Cohen Keynote exclusive for relaunchers living outside of the US/ Canada
  • 5:30 am EDT Nivedita Naithani (Managing Director, iRelaunch based in Mumbai) and Simran Bajwa (Director, Global Growth Markets, based in the UK) host a Q&A session
  • 6:00 am EDT Employers begin chatting with relaunchers in their booths

PRO TIP: When the Conference is live wait times might be long. Don't leave your computer unattended. Once every 30 minutes you should 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 above 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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Speakers
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Nivedita Joshi Naithani iRelaunch - Managing Director
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Simran Bajwa iRelaunch - Global, Growth Markets
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Virtual Career Fair with Employers - for Global opportunities (including United States and Canada)

PRO TIP: When the Conference is live wait times might be long. Don't leave your computer unattended. Once every 30 minutes you should 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 above 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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Speakers

Carol Fishman Cohen headshot

Carol Fishman Cohen

iRelaunch - CEO and Co-founder

Allice Avellanet's headshot in circular frame

Alice Avellanet

DTCC - Director, Diversity & Inclusion

DK Bartley's headshot in circular frame

DK Bartley

Moody's - Chief Diversity Officer

Mary Beth Barrett-Newman's headshot in circular frame

Mary Beth Barrett-Newman

2nd Career Consulting - President; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

Simran Brick Background Headshots 800 865 px

Simran Bajwa

iRelaunch - Global, Growth Markets

Kendell Brown's headshot in circular frame 1080 X 1080

Kendell Brown

Ascension Careers, LLC - Founder; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

Bryn Panee Burkhart's headshot in circular frame

Bryn Panee Burkhart

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

Yogita Darade

Yogita Darade

Senior Data Analytics Engineer, Core BTS

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

Elizabeth Gish

iRelaunch - Managing Director

Kelly huang

Kelly Huang

Career Transformation; iRelaunch Recommended Career Coach

Tace Heuston's headshot in circular frame

Tace Heuston

J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management - International Head of AWM Talent Institute

Kristi Lamar's headshot in circular frame

Kristi Lamar

Deloitte - Managing Director

Wendy

Wendy Leung-Baumann

Project Lead, Strategy Team, Allianz

Ashley Miller's headshot in circular frame

Ashley Miller

Goldman Sachs - Associate, Diversity Recruiting Programs

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

Nivedita Joshi Naithani

iRelaunch - Managing Director

Collen Olson Brick Background Headshot

Colleen Olson

iRelaunch - Business Development Executive

Rochna Pant Brick Background Headshot

Rochna Pant

iRelaunch - Manager, Digital Marketing

Janet Peterson's headshot with a brick wall in the background in a circular frame

Janet Peterson

iRelaunch - Diversity Lead, Business Development

Vada Raylol

Vada Raylol

Environmental Scientist, N3B, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Anjali Sinha's headshot in circular frame

Anjali Sinha

Deloitte - National Talent Acquisition Leader

Sara Dickison Taylor's headshot in circular frame

Sara Dickison Taylor

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

Matthew Temple's headshot in circular frame 1080 X 1080

Matthew Temple

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

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Veronica Villegas

Amazon - Talent Acquisition Sr. Manager

Lead Sponsor

Partner Sponsors

Friend Sponsors

Community Sponsors

I live outside the US can I attend?

Yes! We have added an international component to our Day 3 "Networking with Employers." Register and join us to chat with company representatives based abroad.

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 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)

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.

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.

May 2022 Conference Attendee
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