Fairygodboss Co-Founders On How to Navigate a Job Search, Assess Employers and Practice Self-Care During a Pandemic

Fall is typically a time of back-to-school and new beginnings, but as with every facet of daily life, the pandemic has turned that upside down. While this has been a challenging year for everyone, we know that it has been especially difficult for working moms trying to maintain their careers while caring for their children, and for caregivers looking to return to work in an unstable economy. While there is…

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:…

Welcoming Gayatri Agnew to the Path Forward Board

I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of a new Director to the Path Forward Board: Gayatri Agnew. Gayatri serves on the leadership team of Walmart’s Global Responsibility division where she leads strategy and partnerships for Walmart’s efforts on economic mobility. Her work is focused on key issues such as employer practices change, improving work-based learning, and strengthening inclusion in communities. Her personal mission is for more people to find purpose…

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…

Telling Your Story When You’ve Been on a Career Break

Every person who steps foot in a job interview has a career story to tell, weaving together the strands of where they’ve worked, what they’re doing now, and where they’re looking to go next. If you’re applying for a job or returnship after a career break, your story is probably going to be a bit different from a traditional candidate’s story. You might think that puts you at a disadvantage,…