Participant Spotlight: Gunjan Bhatia

Company: Red Ventures Position: Software Engineer Gunjan Bhatia took a six-year break from her software engineering career to support a family move to the US and to care for her son. Gunjan completed a software engineering returnship at Red Ventures, where she now works full-time. She talks about her remote returnship experience, how Red Ventures and her team supported her return to work during the uncertainty of the pandemic, and…

Partner Spotlight: Minal Verma, VMware Recruiter

Minal Verma has been a Senior Recruiter at VMware for over 5 years, and her journey with the company has taken her from technical to full-cycle recruiting, as well as a move from Bangalore to Australia. She helped launch and handle recruitment for VMware’s first returnship program in 2019, as well as their second program in 2020, held remotely due to the pandemic. As VMware launches their next returnship program,…

Returner Spotlight: Karly Davis

Company: Trimble Position: Financial Analyst Karly took a break from her finance career to spend more time with her son. After six years, she was ready to return to the workforce, but found it difficult to get interviews with a career gap on her resume. That’s when she learned about Trimble and realized the company would be a great fit for her – so she applied and returned to work…

Participant Spotlight: Vanessa Barker

Company: Wells Fargo Position: Software Engineer Vanessa Barker enjoyed a 13-year career in financial services before taking a break to spend time with her daughter and care for her mother. Just as Vanessa was ready to return to work, the COVID pandemic hit, making her job search more difficult among hiring freezes and layoffs. After learning about Path Forward and the concept of returnships, she applied for and was accepted…

Participant Spotlight: Carrie Kirk

Company: Campbell Soup Company Position: IT Project  and Portfolio Management Analyst Carrie Kirk took a 13-year break from her career as an athletics director and lacrosse coach, a job that involved long schedules and weekend travel, when she had her first child. When she was ready to return to work, Carrie decided to pivot into a corporate role, and realized that her skills made her a great fit for a…

Participant Spotlight: VMware’s 2020 Cohort

One of the things that makes a returnship program a great way to restart your career is the support you get during your transition – from your company, from Path Forward and from your cohort – a group of fellow returners who are on the same journey that you are. We talked about the experience with six returners who completed returnships at VMware at the same time. This cohort –…

Participant Spotlight: Payal Chopra

Company: Wells Fargo Position: Business Initiatives Consultant Payal took a break from her decade-long and varied tech career to raise her son. When she was ready to return to work, Payal signed up for Path Forward’s newsletter, where she learned about the Wells Fargo Glide Relaunch Program. After getting motivated by reading returner success stories, Payal jumped on the opportunity and was accepted. She returned to work as a Business…

Path Forward Celebrates International Women’s Day by Choosing to Challenge

This year the theme for International Women’s Day is #ChoosetoChallenge.  At Path Forward we are always choosing to challenge, so we love this theme. In honor of International Women’s Day, we choose to challenge that: There’s a “pipeline problem” Wanting more flexibility means wanting/deserving less responsibility Women’s work is somehow worth less, and therefore paid less Hiring from non-traditional talent pools requires you to “lower the bar” Confidence = competence…

Participant Spotlight: Zandra Otubamowo

Company: Facebook Position: Technical Program Manager “Taking a break to focus on raising my kids was a decision that was well worth it over the sacrifice of my quitting my professional job,” states Zandra O, a Technical Program Manager at Facebook. However, after 3 years away from her professional career,  Zandra experienced feeling “like I was not maximizing my potential to its fullest – I had a feeling I needed…

Returner Spotlight: Aarthi Karnawat

Company: Allstate Position: Software Engineer Aarthi Karnawat took a break from her software engineering career to care for her newborn daughter and her own health. After 5 years, she felt ready to return to work. While completing a Master’s degree, she returned to work at Allstate, where she now works as a software engineer. Aarthi talks about how Allstate’s work-life balance and supportive, learning-oriented culture helped her transition more easily…