255 episodes

iRelaunch is all about getting professionals back to work after a career break - most often childcare, but also eldercare, pursuing a personal interest, a personal health issue, extended travel, or other reasons. We also think about how other non-traditional professionals – expats repatriating, retirees “unretiring, military spouses and veterans, fit into the relauncher demographic.

iRelaunch works with employers to create, implement and expand career re-entry programs of all kinds, and we produce the largest and longest-running dedicated career re-entry event in the country - the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. Our fast-growing national community is made up of thousands of relaunchers in all stages of returning to work. iRelaunch Chair and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen's TED talk “How to get back to work after a career break” has viewed more than 2.5 million times and translated into 29 languages. Join us for our award-winning podcast featuring advice, strategies and success stories on returning to work after a career break.

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    • 4.7 • 99 Ratings

iRelaunch is all about getting professionals back to work after a career break - most often childcare, but also eldercare, pursuing a personal interest, a personal health issue, extended travel, or other reasons. We also think about how other non-traditional professionals – expats repatriating, retirees “unretiring, military spouses and veterans, fit into the relauncher demographic.

iRelaunch works with employers to create, implement and expand career re-entry programs of all kinds, and we produce the largest and longest-running dedicated career re-entry event in the country - the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. Our fast-growing national community is made up of thousands of relaunchers in all stages of returning to work. iRelaunch Chair and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen's TED talk “How to get back to work after a career break” has viewed more than 2.5 million times and translated into 29 languages. Join us for our award-winning podcast featuring advice, strategies and success stories on returning to work after a career break.

    EP 255: How an Astrophysicist Career-transitioned and Relaunched in Data Science with Avanti Tilak

    EP 255: How an Astrophysicist Career-transitioned and Relaunched in Data Science with Avanti Tilak

    Avanti Tilak's career transition and relaunch from astrophysics and academia to corporate data science was a triumph after a long, frustrating period of setbacks. Avanti explains how she updated her skills, which freelance roles contributed to her progress, how she dealt with repeated rejection, and what ultimately led to her successful relaunch into the corporate world via IBM's Tech Re-Entry program. Two and a half years later, she was part of a layoff from IBM during the pandemic. This meant that Avanti, at this point an experienced healthcare data scientist, needed to look for a new job. Her next role was at a small innovative start-up. She is now at a traditional health insurance company. Avanti walks us through her entire career path during our conversation.

    • 36 min
    EP 254: From Corporate Relaunch to Senior Executive Leadership to a NonProfit CEO with Kerry Carter

    EP 254: From Corporate Relaunch to Senior Executive Leadership to a NonProfit CEO with Kerry Carter

    After her relaunch and subsequent rise to senior executive leadership roles in the distribution and logistics industry, Kerry Carter made the leap to the nonprofit world, taking on the role of CEO of Hope & Comfort. Hope & Comfort provides basic hygiene products to tens of thousands of adults in need in Massachusetts such as deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo. Before her current role, Kerry led a national same-day specialty logistics company focused on the medical and life sciences industry and had a long career at Staples Business Advantage, where she held numerous senior executive leadership roles and roles in sales, marketing, merchandising, strategy and acquisition integration. Kerry’s story also includes taking a six year career break to care for her family. Hear how she maintained connections during her time away and how she made the shift to nonprofit.

    • 36 min
    EP 253: "Best Advice for Relaunchers" Holiday 2022 Compilation

    EP 253: "Best Advice for Relaunchers" Holiday 2022 Compilation

    Hear the “Best Piece of Advice” from select episodes of “3,2,1 iRelaunch,” Samantha Kranyak shares what gave her the confidence to relaunch after divorce and becoming a single parent; Arlene Willis successfully relaunched into the transportation industry; Rabbi Suzanne Offit offers encouragement from her relaunch in the clergy; Krystal Shorts shares how she returned to work through an internship in civil engineering as a military spouse; Caytha Jentis put her career in the entertainment industry aside for 10 years to care for her children; Robin Gorman Newman discusses becoming a Broadway producer later in life; MaryAnn McLaughlin talks about her pioneering return to work years ago; Amy Miller shares about relaunching into communications; and Natasha Slaughter how she navigated her relaunch after a 4 year career break due to health issues. Which of these relaunchers spoke directly to you? Be sure to listen to the full podcast content from these previous episodes.

    • 31 min
    EP 252: "Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books," a Relaunch Success Story, with Zibby Owens

    EP 252: "Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books," a Relaunch Success Story, with Zibby Owens

    Zibby Owens is an author, podcaster, publisher, CEO, and mother of four. Writing has been her passion since she was a child. During her 11 year career break to take care of her children, she continued writing and ultimately began a podcast called Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. The popularity of her podcast subsequently led to the creation of her own publishing and media entity, Zibby Owens Media, which is disrupting the publishing industry. In our conversation with Zibby, originally recorded during the May 2022 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, Zibby shares her journey through challenges, what has motivated her to show up for herself, and what she’s excited about for the future.

    • 32 min
    EP 251: Powerful Language and Its Effect When You’re Relaunching with Julie Holunga, rebroadcast

    EP 251: Powerful Language and Its Effect When You’re Relaunching with Julie Holunga, rebroadcast

    How can relaunchers ensure they are making the best impression while networking, at a professional conference, and even in an interview? Today’s episode is a rebroadcast of an earlier episode with guest, Julie Holunga, executive coach and founder of Chinook Executive Solutions. Julie asserts that relaunchers should be deliberate about the words they use – presenting themselves with confidence and thereby projecting confidence about themselves onto others. Noting mirror-neuron studies that suggest that our body language and vocabulary have a mirror effect on those with whom we interact, Julie provides numerous examples of weak vocabulary and replacement words that will help employers focus on what you are, not what you’re not.

    • 31 min
    EP 250: How I Relaunched after Years of Trying, and Where I am Today, with Amanda Liu

    EP 250: How I Relaunched after Years of Trying, and Where I am Today, with Amanda Liu

    Amanda Drake Liu is currently Senior Director, Data Analytics, for ADP. She took a 14-year career break before relaunching as part of MetLife’s Act2 Program in 2014, to which she connected with through iRelaunch’s Return to Work Conference. Amanda got in touch with us last year because she was interested in hiring a relauncher to work for her! We discuss Amanda’s relaunch journey, how the first few years she tried to reenter the workforce were unsuccessful and what made the difference in finally breaking through, connections she made during her returnship that were critical later in her career advancement, her interest in hiring relaunchers, and her thoughts on having a relauncher report to her. Today’s episode is part of our “relaunchers hiring other relaunchers” mini-series.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Millikan77 ,

Episode 244

Carol and Steve Deeble did a fantastic podcast on the mental and emotional aspects of relaunching Steve’s career. I am currently happy in my career, but their advice was spot-on!

Frenchista ,

Inspiring

This podcast gives all the encouragement and support you need to find the courage to re-enter the workforce. Each guest has inspired me to dream bigger. Thank you, Carol!

L. Koles ,

My clients’ favorite podcast!

As a career strategist specializing in workplace re-entry, I love introducing my clients to Carol’s amazing podcast. It’s the perfect combination of practical and inspirational. Each week you get more evidence that it IS possible to take a career break and go on to land a job you love.

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