Path Forward is a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people to restart their careers after time spent focused on caregiving. We fulfill this mission by working with companies to create midcareer internships — sometimes called “returnships” — to give women (and men) a jump start back to the paid workforce. We’ve worked with more than 40 companies including Apple, NBCUniversal, Walmart, PayPal, Verizon, Oracle, AppNexus, Stripe, LendingClub, and others. 82% of the participants in our programs were hired by the companies where they interned and 90% are now employed. The original program was created at Return Path, a software company, and Path Forward was founded by Return Path’s CEO, Matt Blumberg, who serves as the organization’s Board Co-chair.
Tami M. Forman
Tami M. Forman is the Executive Director of Path Forward, a nonprofit organization that creates mid-career internship programs to ease the transition back to work for women (and men) after taking a break for raising children or other caregiving responsibilities. Path Forward trains HR teams and hiring managers on how to support these programs successfully and provides support to participants to make the experience successful. Tami is building this organization from the ground up, working with donors, partners and participants to fulfill the organization’s mission. Tami spent a decade as a tech marketing executive with data solutions provider, Return Path. Before that she worked in book publishing at Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin and held senior-level web editorial positions at iVillage and News Corporation. Tami is passionate about helping women achieve work/life integration so they can find career success and personal satisfaction. She lives in New York City with her husband and two kids, aged nine and eleven.
Christine Winston is the Vice President of Program Development at Path Forward. In her role, she is responsible for bringing companies into the Path Forward network and helping them establish successful mid-career internships in their organizations. Having taken a career break to raise her own children, Christine is driven to help others reengage with their careers and find success both at work and at home. Prior to Path Forward, Christine spent eight years at AOL, where she had a diverse set of roles across Finance, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Marketing. Prior to AOL, she was Director of Marketing for MovieFone and was an officer at Chase. Christine lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons.
Mary Lynn Blattberg
Mary Lynn brings 20 years of marketing and business development experience, along with a passion for helping people find meaningful work, to her role as Program Director at Path Forward. Having served as a hiring manager for large established brands (Microsoft, Hearst and Gap, Inc), as well as several start-ups, Mary Lynn has a deep understanding of rapidly changing employment landscapes. She leverages that knowledge to create mutually beneficial partnerships that foster more diverse and thriving workplaces. Prior to Path Forward, Mary Lynn led employer outreach and business development efforts for the Berkeley-Haas Evening & Weekend and Executive MBA programs to increase awareness and create career progression opportunities for these dynamic and experienced mid-career professionals at top Bay Area employers.
Mary Lynn holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Claremont McKenna College. Along with her husband and two daughters, Mary Lynn is an active philanthropist via National Charity League and a start-up enthusiast who helped develop and chair the Young Entrepreneurs Shop (YES) at her daughters’ school.
Abigail is the Program Manager for Path Forward. She will be working with our corporate partners to ensure they have the tools needed to successfully host a returnship, as well as supporting our participants throughout their returnship and beyond. Abigail has spent her career in workforce development, specifically aiming to assist in uplifting populations that are often overlooked and wholly qualified. Believing in discovering the untapped potential in all, Abigail has previously spent over six years working at America Works of New York, Inc. on the City of New York’s Human Resources Administration contracts designed to help vulnerable populations gain self-sufficiency by re-entering the workforce. Facilitating relationships between companies and participants, helping participants identify and address barriers to success, and providing continuous support even after they have re-entered the workforce is where she has focused her energy and talents. Abigail holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Stony Brook University. She lives in New York City with her husband.
Faatimah Sanoe is the Program Coordinator at Path Forward. In her role, she supports Path Forward’s corporate partners in successfully implementing their return to work programs and supporting returnees as they navigate their returnships. Faatimah is an alumna of the Year Up organization where she participated in a 6-month intense career training program as well as a 6-month Internship with New York Life Insurance Company. At New York Life, she supported the CRM team as a User Experience Specialist & Business Analyst on their Alexa project. She comes with years of nonprofit experience and serves as the Director of School Outreach for Trip of a Lifetime, an organization that provides underprivileged high school students with travel scholarships. As a mother of two, Faatimah is happy to be part of Path Forward and is excited to make a difference in the lives of the returnees as she supports them in their return to work journeys.
Jobeth serves as the Partnership Development Representative, which handles outreach and supports the Path Forward team in their mission to empower people to restart their careers. Coming from Customer Experience and hospitality, Jobeth brings with her a passion to help people and drive to make a difference. Jobeth is happy to join the Path Forward team and to help people on their journey back into the workforce. Having seen the struggles that people in her own life faced with rejoining the workforce, this is a mission that she hopes will change the way that resume gaps are viewed in order to pave an easier road to restarting for future generations. Jobeth is passionate about equality, women’s and LBGTQ rights, and an advocate for sustainability. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband where they are working towards building a sustainable farm and educating people on sustainable practices, in order to leave the world a little bit better than they found it.
Anna serves as the Marketing Coordinator at Path Forward, and is responsible for getting the word out about Path Forward’s career (and life)-changing programs to caregivers, companies, and the general public. She is passionate about closing achievement gaps and providing opportunities for those from traditionally undervalued and underrepresented communities to succeed. She has worked in marketing, communications, and fundraising capacities for New York non-profits large and small for over five years.
Heidi serves as the Marketing Manager at Path Forward, where she works to amplify the organization’s message of empowering people to restart their career after caregiving. She has a long history of nonprofit communication experience and is deeply passionate about women’s issues, gender equality in the workforce, and socioeconomic factors impacting minorities. As the daughter of a single mother who struggled to raise four children and keep a job, she is intimately familiar with the challenges of balancing work and family life. She is thrilled to be a part of such a meaningful and impactful organization and looks forward to continuing to support Path Forward’s mission and growth.
Board of Directors
Matt Blumberg, Co-Chair
Matt Blumberg is the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Return Path, a data solutions provider based in New York City. It is with great pride that he has watched this initial creation grow to a company of more than 500 employees with the market leading brand, innovative products, and the email industry’s most renowned experts. He is most proud of Return Path’s innovative culture that puts employees first. Among the many initiatives that Matt championed at Return Path, one of the ones with the biggest impact was the return to work program which aimed to give moms the opportunity to get back into the workforce after taking a break for childcare.
The program proved so successful that in 2015 Matt decided to make it the basis for a new nonprofit organization called Path Forward. Before Return Path, Matt ran marketing, product management, and the internet group for MovieFone, Inc. (later acquired by AOL). Prior to that he served as an associate with private equity firm General Atlantic Partners and was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University. He is the author of Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business which grew out of his popular entrepreneurship blog Only Once – one of the first CEO blogs on the internet.
Joanne Wilson, Co-Chair
Joanne Wilson has had many careers. She started out in retail, eventually moving to the wholesale arena. She then transitioned to the media side of the technology world, before once again reinventing herself as an investor. She is currently an active angel investor with a portfolio of over 90 companies such as Food52, Catchafire, Vengo, Nestio, Captureproof, Makers Row, Le Tote, and Union Station. She has been involved in numerous real estate transactions from beginning to end and continues to make investments in that world. She is also an investor in a few restaurants in the New York area.
In addition to these endeavors, Joanne has been involved in various education projects and served as chairperson at Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit committed to increasing access to the culinary industry for woman and minority entrepreneurs. She also sits on the board of The Highline. Joanne has maintained her very popular blog, Gotham Gal for over 11 years. She loves to bake, cook, throw a good party, travel, read, collect art, do the crossword and stay on top of what’s happening around the globe and in NYC. Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising their three kids, Jessica, Emily and Josh.
Cathie Black is a well-known media and publishing executive having spent the majority of her career as president, then chairman of Hearst Magazines, publishers of popular consumer titles including Cosmopolitan, O, the Oprah Magazine, Food Network, Esquire, and Harper’s Bazaar. Prior to Hearst, Cathie was president/publisher of USA Today for seven years and was the first woman publisher of a consumer weekly, New York Magazine. She was also part of the team that founded Ms. Magazine.
For much of her career, Cathie has been the “first,” breaking through barriers to pave the way for the next generation of female media executives. She is the author of Basic Black: the Essential Guide to Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), a New York Times and Wall Street best seller. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of Notre Dame, and was a long time board member of IBM and Coca Cola. A graduate of Trinity College, she holds ten honorary degrees. Now, Cathie lives in the start-up world as an advisor, board member and investor in a variety of young companies including PubMatic, Yieldbot, Bark & Co (Bark Box), and Pinks and Greens.
Cathy Hawley is VP of People Development at Return Path, a data solutions provider. In that role she works on building effective teams across the organization and is responsible for executive coaching and development, culture, and employee relations and development. Cathy has more than 20 years of experience in global human resources management and coaching experience. She was the driving force behind the creation of the return to work program at Return Path and was instrumental in recruiting partner companies to join in that effort and in advising partner companies on best practices related to creating a successful return to work program. Cathy loves spending time with her kids, snowboarding, cycling, and traveling.
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and co-chair of Startup Colorado. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC. Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.
Lisa Mann is an accomplished and proven leader of enterprise transformation. She is known for her ability to deliver profitable, topline growth for both emerging businesses and Fortune 100 companies, as an internal operator or as an external strategic advisor. Her unique background is the result of her work with both entrepreneurs and big food companies, overlaid with deep experience and well-honed skills in strategy, brand marketing and distribution expansion.
Most recently, Lisa was President of the $7 billion Global Nutrition Group at PepsiCo, where she changed the corporate conversation around nutrition. Prior to PepsiCo, Lisa was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at KIND Healthy Snacks, the fastest growing US snack company. Before KIND, Lisa was Senior Vice President, Global Gum Category at Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods).
In between her Kraft careers and while living in Atlanta, Denver and Chicago, Lisa launched and led Think Marketing Consulting, a strategic marketing consulting firm. Her client list included budding entrepreneurial ventures, privately and family-held companies and Fortune 500 corporations.
Lisa is a sought after thought leader in the emerging health and wellness space. Her passion to drive change has been recognized with the marketing industry’s highest honors, most notably: the 2016 Marketing Cojones Award, Advertising Age’s 2015 Women to Watch, the 2015 A-List
Marketer awards, Adweek’s 2012 Brand Genius award and, the 2013 Cannes Grand Prix for the Oreo Daily Twist digital and social campaign among many other gold, silver and bronze awards. A frequent speaker at industry marquis events, Lisa was most recently invited to
participate in The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Network.
Lisa is a member of the Board of Advisors for Tufts School of Engineering and the University’s Marketing Advisory Council. Lisa also holds advisory positions with several emerging health and wellness and digital media companies. She received an MBA from Harvard Business
School and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Tufts University. Lisa and her family reside in New York City.
Greg Sands is the Founder and Managing Partner at Costanoa Ventures, an early stage investor in enterprise software. An early stage investor for over 20 years, Greg helps startups analyze and interpret early signals to identify and leverage the most valuable aspects of their solution. Prior to founding Costanoa, Greg was a Managing Director at Sutter Hill focusing on early stage, enterprise technology investments, including Merced Systems, AllBusiness, Quinstreet, Feedburner and Youku. Before Sutter Hill, Greg was the first hire at Netscape Communications after its founding engineering team. He was its first Product Manager, wrote the initial business plan, coined the name Netscape, and created the SuiteSpot Business Unit, which he grew from zero to $140M in revenue. Greg also served as Manager of Business Development at Cisco where he architected a global channel management plan.
Greg has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from Harvard College Magna Cum Laude. Greg served a term as the President of the Stanford DAPER (Athletics Department) Investment Fund and remains on the executive committee. He is Former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and served as a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust and Chair of its Venture Capital committee.
Rajiv Vinnakota is the Executive Vice President of the Youth & Engagement division at the Aspen Institute. This new venture will incorporate the use of the Institute’s innovative leadership development model to foster youth leaders in underserved rural and urban communities along with other entrepreneurial approaches to engage youth in the issues of the day. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Raj was the co-founder and CEO of The SEED Foundation, a non-profit managing the nation’s first network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools for underserved children. To date, more than 90 percent of SEED graduates have enrolled in college, and they earn bachelor’s degrees at 4.5 times the rate of our nation’s lowest income students.
In addition to his role at the Aspen Institute, Raj is a board director for a public company, Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX). He is a former trustee and executive committee member for Princeton University, former national chair of its annual giving committee, and former executive committee member for its Aspire capital campaign. In 2009, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor that Princeton bestows on an undergraduate alumnus. Raj is an Echoing Green fellow and an Ashoka fellow. He holds a degree in molecular biology from Princeton University. Raj is married and has one daughter and two cats. He loves basketball, working out and learning from his daughter.
Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing professional women with a global community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate’s Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate’s impact.
Kristy is host of the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business and is also a regular speaker and thought leader on Leadership, Diversity, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Most recently, Kristy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal.
Kristy strives to support women and girls in achieving their dreams. She is an Angel Investor with Pipeline Angels, and organization creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs; a Member of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change; an Advisor for the 92Y Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Female Leaders; on the Advisory Council for the Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute; Co-Chair of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater NYC; and a Board Member at Workforce Professionals Training Institute.