Ask Tami #3: Asking for Recommendations From Your Network on LinkedIn

Alexandra asks: How do I ask for recommendations on LinkedIn? I feel awkward reaching out to my network, especially after a long time. Tami: Well, the first thing I would say is that I would not start out by asking for a recommendation after a long time. I’d instead try to re-establish a connection by asking them for a call to reconnect and get advice. People we’ve worked with and…

Participant Spotlight: Shruti Katyal

Company: Walmart Labs Role: UX Designer Shruti Katyal took a five year break from her QA engineering job, during which she had two children and relocated with her family to California. When she felt ready to return to work, Shruti decided to make a pivot into UX. She completed a returnship at Walmart Labs, which prepared her for her current role as a UX Designer at Adobe. Shruti talks about…

Partner Spotlight: Caroline Adams, Red Ventures Recruiting Manager

Red Ventures Recruiting Manager Caroline Adams was getting ready to launch the company’s first-ever returnship program when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the company went fully remote. Caroline talks about the challenges and successes of adapting the program to a remote environment, what surprised her and hiring managers most about returning talent, and best practices for companies considering running a future virtual returnship program. Company: Red Ventures Role: Recruiting Manager…

Returner Spotlight: Jody Hanson

Company: Wells Fargo Position: Senior Vice President, Talent Integration and Enablement To celebrate the launch of the Wells Fargo Glide – Relaunch Internship Program, we talked to Jody Hanson, who returned to work at Wells Fargo after a career break, and has had a varied and successful 15-year career at the company. Jody Hanson took a six year break from her banking career to raise her young children. After deciding to return…

Participant Spotlight: Melissa Evans

Company: Uber Position: Customer Success After over a decade working in sales, Melissa Evans took a 10 year break to raise her daughter. When she was ready to return to full-time work, she completed a returnship in Customer Success at Uber. Melissa talks about her returnship experience, how she kept her business skills sharp during her break, and offers advice on what truly makes a returnship successful.  Tell me a…

Participant Spotlight: Swati Sapar

Company: Netflix Role: Senior Back-End Software Engineer Swati Sapar took a two-year break from her software engineering career to take care of her kids. She always planned to return to work, and felt ready when her youngest child started elementary school. Swati completed a returnship at Netflix, and now works there full-time as a Senior Back-End Software Engineer. She talks about her return-to-work experience at Netflix, how she slowly ramped…

Participant Spotlight: Cathy Kawamoto

Company: Volta Role: Director of Tax Cathy Kawamoto took a 13 year break from her tax management career to raise her kids. When they were in high school, she decided that it was time to return to a career in finance. During Cathy’s returnship at Volta, her extensive tax knowledge led to her managing the company’s tax department, and she now works there full-time as a Director of Tax. She…

Partner Spotlight: John Marlia, HPE Hiring Manager

John Marlia is a Total Customer Experience and Quality Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) who recently managed his first returnee as part of his company’s inaugural returnship program with Path Forward. John talks about managing his returnee remotely, the steps he took to put a support system in place for her, and how the experience has changed the way he views returnships and talent. Company: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Role:…

Participant Spotlight: Michelle Hopkins

Company: Amazon Role: Financial Analyst Michelle Hopkins worked in finance across three countries and opened a women’s clothing store before taking a break to take care of her son. After over two years out and a family move to Seattle, she was ready to start a new chapter in her career. Michelle completed a returnship at Amazon, after which she was hired full-time as a Financial Analyst. She talks about…

Partner Spotlight: Lilit Div, VMware Hiring Manager

Senior Director of Engineering Lilit Div helped kickstart the returnship program at VMware. She tells us about getting the program off the ground, her experience as a hiring manager, and how she and her team provided support and mentorship as their returnees transitioned back into the workforce.  Company: VMWare Role: Senior Director of Engineering Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been at your company? How…