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3,2,1 iRelaunch

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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EP 4: "How Can I Regain My Confidence after My Career Break?" with Valerie Cherneski

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!Check out our breadth and depth of services for return to work professionals, corporations, academic institutions, and professional associations at www.irelaunch.com.Read about Valerie Cherneski at: http://bit.ly/2lfjqzT


10 Feb 2017

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EP 116: “Negative Self-Talk and the Job Search” with Steven Campbell

Author, Speaker, Educator and Coach Steven Campbell joins Carol to discuss the power of the brain and how destructive negative self-talk can be, especially during a prolonged job search. Steven points out “your brain believes everything that you tell it” and having a more positive discussion with your brain can change your life. He will also discuss how his personal experience changing a negative narrative into a positive one led to the work he’s doing today. For more information on Steven’s work and courses, click here


21 Nov 2019

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EP 6: The Key Step You Cannot Skip to Relaunch Your Career Successfully" with Carroll Welch

What's the most important step you can take when you're thinking about returning to work? It may not be what you think.


24 Feb 2017

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EP 107: "First things first: Developing your resume" with Kendell Brown

A well-crafted resume is an applicant's calling card. Whether applying for a job or seeking an informational interview, it's a critical first impression, often judged at a glance. In this special edition of 3, 2, 1 iRelaunch, we talk to career coach Kendell Brown of Ascension Careers about resumes, including drafting accomplishments vs. responsibilities, reflecting keywords, addressing career gaps and leveraging social media. For more information on the work that Kendell does please visit https://www.ascension-careers.com


19 Sep 2019

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EP 93: “36 Steps to Relaunch Success! - with Cheryl Payne”

After a nine-year break from her healthcare sales career, Cheryl Payne documented her relaunch journey in our private iRelaunch Facebook Forum group in an effort to help other relaunchers. Her raw and honest essay on the ups and downs of her relaunch journey was one of the most popular posts to date. "Persevere, prepare, practice, take notes, follow-up, ask questions" are some of Cheryl's steps discussed in this candid conversation with Carol. (And if you are a relauncher, please join our private FB group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/iRelaunchReturntoWork/ (note: there are a few questions you need to answer in order to join the Group).


13 Jun 2019

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EP 108: “A Recruiter’s Perspective on Relaunching: A conversation with Donnie Watson” Part 1

In this special 3, 2, 1, iRelaunch series on the nuts and bolts of the recruiting process, we speak with recruiters from firms with and without back-to-work programs to provide you with the broadest perspective possible. iRelaunch Special Advisor and Guest Podcast Host Cheryl McGee Wallace talks with Donnie Watson, Talent Acquisition Manager at ZoomInfo/DiscoveryOrg. Donnie stresses the need for relaunchers to be pro-active and appropriately assertive in their dealings with recruiters. In part 1, we discuss how to address your break, determining level and fit, and position descriptions.


26 Sep 2019

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EP 71: "Charting a Career Path that Works for You" with Kathryn Sollmann

Kathryn Sollmann, author of “Ambition Redefined: Why the Corner Office Doesn't Work for Every Woman and What to Do Instead,” joins Carol to discuss the importance of finding your own definition of ambition and success. Using lessons learned from her own career progression, as well as discussions and anecdotes from her career coaching practice with women nationwide, Kathryn explains how women can make career choices that can not only provide the flexibility they want but can help ensure financial security.https://www.kathrynsollmann.com/


11 Jan 2019

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EP 85: “Time Management and Relaunching” with Laura Vanderkam

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18 Apr 2019

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EP 112: This is My “Real Real” Life and Relaunch with Liz Logie

Today, Carol talks with Liz Logie about her amazing relaunch story. Liz began her legal career as a "big firm law" corporate/banking attorney in New York City, and then took a 10 year career break. She relaunched as an entrepreneur in the fashion business for 15 years, ultimately joining online luxury consignment site The RealReal in the early days of the company in a sales role. Liz returned to legal practice through the OnRamp Fellowship in Sidley Austin, LLP's NYC office in the corporate/M&A group following her participation in Pace Law School’s New Directions Program. In late 2018, Liz moved across the country to re-join TheRealReal as Corporate Counsel. The RealReal went public in July 2019 and has a valuation of almost $2B


24 Oct 2019

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EP 41: "A Deeper Dive into Interviews – Answering the Toughest Questions"

The interview process has become more and more complex over time. Are you ready to answer even the toughest questions with confidence? In this podcast Carol speaks with Mary Beth Barrett-Newman, the founder and President of 2nd Career Consulting, a moderator on the iRelaunch Return to Work Forum private Facebook group, and frequent iRelaunch Return to Work Conference speaker about how you can prepare for the “next level” of interviews, including salary and compensation negotiations, behavioral interviews, case interviews and the three “questions” that are at the root of every good interview.


7 Jun 2018

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EP 40: After a Career Break: "Secrets to Re-entering the Workforce"

Lesley Jane Seymour, former More magazine Editor In Chief and creator of CoveyClub.com, interviews Carol Fishman Cohen on the secrets to re-entering the workforce. Lesley and Carol discuss the growing number of re-entry internship programs and employers’ recognition of the high-caliber value of relaunchers. Carol offers the “two most important things you should do right away if you’re thinking of relaunching.” A rebroadcast from “Covey Cast.”https://www.coveyclub.com/


31 May 2018

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EP 98: “You Never Know Who Your Friends Know” with Sharon Gala

Carol talks today with Sharon Gala, Investment Vice President, Chief Investment Office, Global Portfolio Management at Prudential Financial. After a six year career break Sharon let all of her friends and colleagues know that she was looking to get back into the work force. Even though her new role was different from her pre-career break roles, the fundamentals of the industry had not changed. Sharon discusses the experience that she emphasized on her resume, not her career break. She also talks about building up a “cheerleading” group to help build confidence.


18 Jul 2019

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EP 14: "Relauncher Resumes that get you Hired" with Tamara Dowling

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.For more info on Tamara and her services at SeekingSuccess.com, please visit: https://www.irelaunch.com/resource_partners


26 May 2017

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EP 97: Jacqueline Welch, CHRO and CDO, Freddie Mac and Relauncher, shares her best advice.

Jacqueline Welch, a two time relauncher and one of the most senior relaunchers we know, talks candidly about her relaunch success and shares wide-ranging advice, including the value of silence in negotiating, "closing the loop" with those who helped you during your relaunch, and for those currently working who are anticipating a future relaunch, the call you should always take (more on that in the podcast!).


11 Jul 2019

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EP 121: “Dare Dream Do” and “Disrupt Yourself” For Relaunchers With Whitney Johnson

Carol talks with Whitney Johnson, CEO of WLJ Advisors, Author, Keynote Speaker, Lecturer, iRelaunch Advisory Board member and longtime friend of Carol’s about Whitney’s books “Dare, Dream, Do,” “Disrupt Yourself” and her latest, bestseller “Build an A-Team,” and how their themes and messages relate to companies and relaunchers. They also delve into the importance of “how you tell your story.” Finally Whitney talks about her podcast conversation with the beloved Brene Brown and recommends particular “Disrupt Yourself” podcast episodes for our relauncher audience. References in this conversation include: https://whitneyjohnson.com/meet-whitney/ https://whitneyjohnson.com/disrupt-yourself-podcast/ - Episodes 130, 120, 111, 100, and 22https://hbr.org/2016/04/what-its-like-when-a-stay-at-home-dad-goes-back-to-work https://hbr.org/search?term=whitney%20johnson&loaded=1 https://whitneyjohnson.com/build-an-a-team/ https://whitneyjohnson.com/disrupt-yourself-book/ https://whitneyjohnson.com/category/dare-dream-do/


9 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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EP 33: "Powerful Language and Its Effect When You’re Relaunching" with Julie Holunga

How can relaunchers ensure they are making the best impression while networking, at a professional conference, and even in an interview? Today’s guest, Julie Holunga, executive coach and founder of Chinook Executive Solutions, http://chinookexecutivesolutions.com/, 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.


13 Apr 2018

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EP 120: Curiosity and Confidence – With Nikki Steingold iRelaunch Chief Marketing Officer

iRelaunch Chief Marketing Officer, Nikki Steingold, has been through two relaunches during her more than 40 year career in communications. During that time, she has not only adapted to new marketing media, but has been the catalyst for new communications platforms at iRelaunch, including the Return to Work Roadmap and this podcast series. With a solid foundation and background in her field, and a fearlessness for identifying and learning new software and communications vehicles, Nikki represents a combination of confidence and curiosity that is a proven formula for any successful relaunch.


27 Dec 2019

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EP 83: “An Unlikely Relaunch Route to iOS Developer: Kate Rotondo Describes Her Journey"

Carol has a lively conversation with social influencer and iOS Developer Kate Rotondo. Kate shares tips and advice as she describes her personal journey from moving out of the country with her family, to coming back to the States but to a totally different geographic location, to the self-taught process she went through to become an iOS Developer. Kate and Carol also discuss the importance of tenacity in the process, and that the relaunch doesn’t end with getting the job. Relaunching is a continuous process of learning and developing


5 Apr 2019

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EP 89: “The First 90 Days - for Relaunchers” with Michael Watkins

Michael Watkins, author of “The First 90 Days” and the companion book “Master Your Next Move” talks with Carol about the principles and techniques of transitioning to a new role as it pertains to relaunchers when returning to the workforce. How to regulate a “sink or swim” mentality in a new position, and striking the right balance when learning new tasks and completing them in a timely manner are among the many topics explored.


16 May 2019

Rank #19

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EP 34: "What I Wish I'd Known about Returning to Work after a Career Break" with Maureen Byrne

Maureen Byrne, a Product Manager at MobileIron, relaunched after a 10-year career break raising her three children. Despite stellar credentials including a master’s degree in software engineering, work experience in the field prior to her career break, website development during her break, iOS development classes at Stanford, and Toastmasters training, Maureen candidly describes her initial return to work as a time filled with self-doubt and “fear of exposure.” Hear how Maureen learned to appreciate the perspective she gained from her career break, how it became a part of what she brings to the table as an employee, and how she “found her voice” after relaunching.


20 Apr 2018

Rank #20