Did you leave the workforce during Covid or before? Employer return to work programs are effective vehicles for engaging with a wide range of non-traditional professionals to bring diverse talent into organizations. We sit with CEO & Co-Founder of iRelaunch, Carol Fishman Cohen, who will educate us on the origin of return to work programs as gender diversity initiatives, how they have evolved to address a broader range of diversity goals, and the impact of Covid and tighter labor markets on program eligibility guidelines. She will also touch on the leadership opportunity open to visionary HR professionals who propose launching an in-house return to work program at their employer. Questions are welcome!
Diversity Reboot Summit
The Role of DEI & HR in Return to Work Programs
Meet The Speaker
Carol Fishman Cohen, builder of corporate career re-entry programs and leader of the iRelaunch #returntowork community (now nearly 100,000 strong) is a pioneer in the career re-entry space. Her viral TED talk "How to get back to work after a career break," has over 3.6 million views and is translated into 30 languages. She is the host of the popular 3,2,1 iRelaunch podcast and is the author of the seminal Harvard Business Review article "The 40-Year-Old Intern" which was recognized as an "HBR Article That Changed the Way I Think" as part of HBR's 90th anniversary recognition of HBR articles that made the biggest difference in readers and contributors lives, and was the subject of a TODAY Show segment. Her most recent HBR article "Return to Work Programs Come of Age" examines the evolution of career reentry programs over nearly 20 years, features innovations and best practices for launching and running these programs, and provides expert advice for the visionary manager proposing a return to work program to senior leadership. Cohen’s articles have been published in HBR, NBCNews.com, Fairygodboss, Forbes and Next Avenue. Regularly quoted in the national press as a subject matter expert on career re-entry, and a sought-after international speaker, Carol has addressed over 800 audiences.