Podcast: 3, 2, 1, iRelaunch

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Join us in Season 3 of our podcast featuring information and advice for relaunching your career

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3,2,1 iRelaunch" is focused on making your return to work smooth and successful.

With over two dozen episodes, you will not only hear from experts in the career re-entry space but you will also be taken on the back to work journeys of fellow relaunchers. Each episode is hosted by Carol Fishman Cohen, iRelaunch’s founder and CEO. Carol’s guests range from career coaches to relaunchers to corporate executives. As a relauncher herself, Carol gets down to business in each episode: there is no filler here. Carol makes sure that every episode is jam packed with highly relevant, specific, and action oriented tips, intel, and info from her guest.  One of our listeners told us that she took over 6 pages of notes from just one episode!

So plug in, grab a notebook, and join us as we help you map your path back to work!

Season 3

Episode 3: Activating Change in Today's Workplace
Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient and Founder of The Girls’ Lounge built her career on a foundation of purpose and a passion for "driving change - and making the new, the new norm." In this episode, Carol speaks with Shelley about her pioneering work in migrating market research from a central location or telephone to the Internet, at a time when the medium was new and untested. Ten years later, Shelley sold that company, Online Testing Exchange (OTX) for $80 million. Her desire to "give back with generosity what I wish I had rising the ranks" then led her to create "The Female Quotient" and "The Girls' Lounge." Hear how Shelley is "committed to advancing equality in the workplace through collaboration, activating solutions for change and creating measurements for accountability" and how her passion and fearlessness can drive your return to work.


Episode 2: Relaunching in the Creative Arena
In this episode, Carol speaks with LeeAnn Dance, co-producer/director of “My Dear Children,” a documentary about one woman’s quest to learn more about her father’s past in Eastern Europe following World War I. A former CNN producer, LeeAnn took a 10-year career break and returned to work as a documentary film producer. LeeAnn explains her journey back to work including how her former career provided a foundation for her relaunch, her initial fear of learning new recording and editing technologies, doing some non-paid work to build her portfolio and a following, and finding a career that meets her and her family’s needs. LeeAnn also explains how the career break itself provided much-needed experience and perspective.


Episode 1: The STEM Re-entry Internship – A Benchmark for Success
Carol talks with Jen Scott, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and co-lead of the STEM Re-Entry Task Force. Since its inception in 2016 the STEM Re-entry Task Force has been a pipeline for more than 200 female technical professionals to return to the workforce. In this podcast, Carol and Jen discuss how the Task Force was initially conceived, its substantial growth over the past few years, how returning professionals can find out more about these programs, how to apply, and what to expect in these programs. Companies considering developing a re-entry internship will hear about how these internship programs are set up, the support from SWE and iRelaunch, and the nearly 90% average hiring rates after program completion.


Season 2

Episode 11: The Best Relaunch Advice
We've compiled the best advice shared with us in interviews with business leaders, career experts and relaunchers over two seasons of podcasts. Enjoy! And thank you for listening.

Episode 10: Finding the Thing that Makes You "Sparkle"
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Manisha Thakor, host of the MoneyZen podcast about her personal relaunch, how it led to the creation of iRelaunch and how she draws inspiration from her new career.

Episode 9: Understanding Your Rights: Interviewing and Working as a Relauncher
Learn how to be more effective and powerful in your next interview as 
Tammy Marzigliano, a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, discusses the legal aspects of relaunching with Carol Fishman Cohen. Hear how to determine the difference between what's considered illegal conduct and what is just "bad business," how to use the right terminology to trigger legal protection, and discover the secret behind redirecting uncomfortable interview questions.

Episode 8: Reinventing and Resilience 
From her job in Israel's Ben Gurion Airport Coordination Center to managing director at wealth management firm Boston Private (with a few stops and other careers in between), Susan Black understands the path of a relauncher. In this podcast she speaks with Carol Fishman Cohen about her circuitous pathway and discusses the three main drivers when contemplating a career reinvention.

Episode 7: Relaunching as an Entrepreneur
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Alex Klemmer, co-founder of Cyclebar, an indoor cycling gym with franchised locations throughout the US and Canada. Alex talks about the challenges and rewards of relaunching her career as an entrepreneur.

Episode 6: Navigating the New Corporate Dress Code
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Michaella Kurdziel, Director of Customer Experience at MM.LaFleur about how to "dress for success" in today's work world. Learn tips on how to scope out the dress code at a company before your first interview, how to "shop your closet" for timeless wardrobe staples and how to selectively rebuild a career wardrobe after years of wearing yoga pants and hoodies.

Episode 5: Attorneys on Career Break! Don't miss this Return to Work Program
Carol Fishman Cohen interviews Caren Ulrich Stacy, Founder & CEO, Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship.  Learn about the OnRamp Fellowship, a program that matches returning women lawyers to law firms, legal departments, and banks for a 1 year paid fellowship. Hear the inside scoop on the program, as well as its history, growth, success and challenges.

Episode 4:  Know Your Value: Comeback Careers
Sometimes, just telling your story can lead to a new career. For Ginny Brzezinski, that moment came when she texted her sister-in-law, "Morning Joe" co-anchor Mika Brzezinski, asking her to speak up for women wanting to return to work after a career break. Mika's reply? Let's write a book together. Now, after countless interviews with women in all stages of relaunch, Ginny and Mika are sharing these stories in "Know Your Value: Comeback Careers" (due for fall 2018 release). Learn about Ginny's personal relaunch story and the insights she's learned from these compelling relauncher interviews. 

Episode 3: Re-entering the workforce with a Career in Technology 
Carol Fishman Cohen talks with a pioneering technology relauncher, Dinny Sterns Taylor, retired CTO at Williams College.  Dinny shares her career path, relaunch story, how she updated her skills, and some important advice for relaunchers.

Episode 2: Navigating Executive Search for Relaunchers
Carol Fishman Cohen interviews her iRelaunch Co-Founder and co-author of Back on the Career Track, Vivian Steir Rabin. Vivian now runs VSR Advisors, a retained executive search firm focused on commercial real estate and financial services. Vivian shares her relaunch story with us and helps us navigate the executive search/staffing/ recruiting landscape as relaunchers.

Episode 1: Carol Fishman Cohen Tells the iRelaunch Story 
In the first episode of our second season, Matthew Temple, Director of Alumni Career and Professional Development at the Kellogg School of Management and an iRelaunch Advisory Board member, interviews Carol Fishman Cohen about the history of iRelaunch and its Return to Work Conference. From its early days following the publication of the book, Back on the Career Track, iRelaunch has grown to become the leader in career re-entry initiatives helping employers identify and recruit professionals looking to return to work after career breaks and helping those professionals gain the confidence and skills they need to be successful in today's workforce. Carol talks with Matthew about the value of the one-day Return to Work Conference as a way to bring employers and relaunchers together for inspiration, education and networking. The day is more than inspiration and motivation. Carol talks about the concrete tips and advice employers and career relaunch professionals share with relaunchers such as what to say when an interviewer asks about an employment gap.

Season 1

Episode 14: Relauncher resumes that get you hired
In our final podcast episode for this season, iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Tamara Dowling, resume-writing expert and Owner of SeekingSuccess.com about that killer resume that best positions you for the jobs you are interested in.

Episode 13: Ace the Job Interview as a Relauncher
Join us for tips and advice on how to bring your best performance to your job interviews with CEO of InterviewMastery.com, Michael Neece. Michael talks with iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen about a range of interview and prep techniques including how to describe paid and unpaid experience, how to prepare for that dreaded "tell me about a weakness" question, and best practices for following up.

Episode 12: Dealing with Relaunch Rejection
What's the best way to handle rejection when you are relaunching your career? Tips and advice from Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO iRelaunch, and Valerie Cherneski, Founder Cherneski Coaching and iRelaunch Coach.

Episode 11: Getting the Most Out of Social Media for Relaunchers
iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with iRelaunch Coach Carroll Welch about social media tips for relaunchers. Figure out what the critical components are of a relauncher's LinkedIn profile, how to describe a career break and / or career transition, and how to get the most out of yours and prospective employers' social media feeds. https://soundcloud.com/irelaunch-llc/media-cfc-and-cw

Episode 10: Getting Your Family Involved in Your Relaunch
In this episode of 3,2,1 iRelaunch, Carol Fishman Cohen talks with Michelle Friedman, Founder of Advancing Women's Careers and Special Advisor to iRelaunch about how best to approach your relaunch plans with your family. Carol and Michelle explore both conceptual and practical ways to deal with some of the most common issues in returning to work for family life including household management, your partner's career goals, and dealing with the loss of time at home and with children. https://soundcloud.com/irelaunch-llc/getting-your-family-involved-with-your-relaunch

Episode 9: Career Transitions and Relaunching
Is going to back to your pre-career break profession always the best choice? Not always. Here is how to evaluate the best fit for you now as you relaunch your new career. Carol speaks with career coach Arjan Eenkema van Dijk.

Episode 8: Salary negotiation tips for relaunchers
Ensure you're getting what you're worth. Salary negotiation expert, Katie Donovan of Equal Pay Negotiations LLC, shares tips with iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen. Katie is a founding member of the MA Equal Pay Coalition and a co-president of the Massachusetts branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW). Katie and the MA Equal Pay Coalition were honored with the Be the Change Award at the 12th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women which was held on December 8, 2016. https://soundcloud.com/irelaunch-llc/kdonovan-v1

Episode 7: Don't talk yourself out of an opportunity
iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen speaks to successful relauncher Cheryl McGee Wallace about networking and maintaining the confidence you need to pursue return to work opportunities.

Episode 6: When Dad Returns to Work After a Career Break
How do relaunches differ (or do they?) when the traditional roles are reversed and the father takes the career break? Hear one father's relaunch journey as iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen interviews Dave Carty, father of three who took a 13-year career break to be home with his kids. He left an international business development role to go on career break and relaunched in a strategy role for a K-12 independent school.

Episode 5: What Can I Do During My Career Break To Maximize My Relaunch Success?
We are on career breaks for a reason - usually child care, eldercare or another reason of equal importance. However, as we prepare to relaunch, taking a course, engaging in volunteer work, or working occasionally on a paid special project can be great resume and conversation material. In this 4th episode of 3,2,1, iRelaunch, Carol Fishman Cohen talks with career coach Arjan Eenkema van Dijk about what you can do during your career break (whenever that timing is good for you) to prepare for your relaunch.

Episode 4: The Key Step You Cannot Skip to Relaunch Your Career Successfully
What's the most important step you can take when you're thinking about returning to work? It may not be what you think. Carol speaks with iRelaunch coach, Carroll Welch.

Episode 3: How Can I Regain My Confidence after My Career Break?
If you're feeling intimidated about getting out there and talking to potential employers, you're not alone. It is quite common for relaunchers to feel a lack of confidence. iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen interviews executive coach Valerie Cherneski about how to regain and project confidence while in the job search. Regain that fearless professional image!

Episode 2: Relaunching as an entrepreneur: from pad and paper to industry leader.
iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen interviews relauncher Mindy Diamond, Founder and CEO of Diamond Consultants. Carol and Mindy discuss the sometimes circuitous route to career passion and relaunching in a new career.

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