Featured Profile: Carol Fishman Cohen

Carol_Headshot_2015_High_Res_(2)Carol Fishman Cohen is CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch. iRelaunch produces career reentry products and services for employers, professional associations and academic institutions interested in connecting with the pool of talent returning from career break, and for experienced professionals looking to return to work after time away.

iRelaunch’s flagship event, the annual iRelaunch Return- to -Work Conference in New York City, is the leading external source of candidates for the major Wall Street reentry internship programs and is the largest and longest-running dedicated career reentry event in the US. Carol speaks and consults globally about career reentry strategy and is frequently quoted on the topic in the national press. She has been tracking career reentry programs of all types since 2008 and writes a series of articles for Harvard Business Review on career reentry. Her TEDx talk “The 40-Year-Old Intern” makes the case for why reentry internships are the most effective way to engage with the high caliber pool of talent returning from career break, and what this means for other non-traditional career transitioning populations. One of the most important initiatives she is currently working on is the Society of Women Engineers/iRelaunch STEM Reentry Task Force, in which 7 global, engineering-based companies are piloting reentry internship programs for returning engineers.

Carol is the co-author of career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track and a returning professional herself. A graduate of Harvard Business School and mother of four, Carol’s return to work at Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full-time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study. Through iRelaunch’s over 200 return-to-work presentations before more than 16,000 people to date, Carol has connected with thousands of professionals who have successfully returned to work after a hiatus, and has engaged with hundreds of hiring managers to understand their perspectives on hiring people returning from career break. Carol and her husband live in Boston, MA.

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