Carol Fishman Cohen

Carol Fishman Cohen is the CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch. As the pioneering company in the career reentry space, iRelaunch is the leader in career reentry programming of all kinds. iRelaunch works directly with over 14 Fortune 100 companies and over 30 Fortune 500 (or equivalent) companies in a range of roles, to develop, pilot, source for, present in and publicize their reentry internship programs, or similarly support their efforts to hire relaunchers directly into open roles without internships. Founded in 2007, iRelaunch has been deeply engaged with its employer partners, a national network of alumni career services directors at leading colleges and universities, professional organizations across industry sectors, and a global community of nearly 30,000 people. iRelaunch’s long-time connections with university alumni offices and professional organizations expand its reach to millions of relaunchers in the U.S. and beyond.

Carol wrote the seminal Harvard Business Review article “The 40 Year Old Intern” on reentry internships and is a regular HBR contributor. Her TED talk “How to get back to work after a career break” has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times and translated into 28 languages. iRelaunch originated and co-leads, along with the Society of Women Engineers, the STEM Reentry Task Force, in which 13 global companies are piloting internships for returning engineers in 2016 and 2017. iRelaunch recently announced a similar initiative in the financial advisory sector with the Certified Financial Planner Board Center for Financial Planning. iRelaunch’s flagship event, the iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference has run 19 times since 2008 and over 5,000 people have attended. Nearly 30,000 people have attended over 250 iRelaunch programs and presentations of all kinds. Carol is a graduate of Harvard Business School and her return to work at Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study. Carol was named a 2016 Next Avenue Influencer in Aging and was named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She lives in Boston and is the mother of four Millennials.

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