Walmart 2018 Cohort

Walmart and Path Forward announce expanded partnership to bring Walmart’s return to work opportunities to locations across the country

Today, Walmart announced the expansion of their return to work program, in partnership with Path Forward, to multiple locations across the country. After a successful 2018 program in San Bruno and Sunnyvale, California, the program will expand to increase the number of opportunities in Silicon Valley and add new returnship openings at nearly every Walmart Labs location in America, including Carlsbad, California; Reston, Virginia; and Walmart’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.…

Participant Spotlight: Abby Carrales

After almost a decade in university IT and tech sales, Abby Carrales took a two-year break to care for her three children. After deciding to return to work, she spent two years intensely interviewing and networking at tech companies all over the Bay Area before getting a returnship in security compliance at Cloudflare, where she now works as a Security Compliance Specialist. She talks to us about her return to…

Self-Care Is Not An Indulgence. It’s A Discipline.

Author’s Note: I wrote this column for Forbes back at the end of 2017. At first it didn’t get much traffic and I wasn’t totally surprised. I didn’t expect it to be a popular message. But somewhere along the way it got shared and it has just exploded. It is my most popular Forbes column and has generated more than a half a million page views. It is, incidentally, one…

Book Review: Juliet’s School of Possibilities

Regular readers of the Path Forward blog will likely know that I’m a big fan of Laura Vanderkam. I find her approach to time management really helpful. I also like that she’s actively trying to bust myths about what is possible for women, men and families. With that I’m going to admit that I was a bit unsure if I’d like her latest book, Juliet’s School of Possibilities: A Little…

ABC7 Explores Path Forward Returnships with Tami Forman

On March 20, Bay Area’s ABC7 Midday Live dedicated a special segment to exploring Path Forward’s returnship program. Host Kristen Sze sat down with founding Executive Director Tami Forman to talk about how returnships work and the benefits they provide – for both returnees and partnering companies. Tami explained that a returnship, like the more common college internship, is “all about showing what you can do, and meeting new people,…

Participant Spotlight: Shikha Singhal

Shikha Singhal took a six-year break to spend quality time with her twin daughters. While contemplating a career return for several years, she kept herself busy volunteering at their school and coaching their robotics team. When her daughters started high school, she decided it was finally time to return to work. After completing several courses and finding a new passion within the software engineering field, she was accepted into a…

How Do We #BalanceforBetter? Ask These Three Questions.

As someone who writes a column for Forbes on the concept of how to have a high-achieving career and a joyful life, I love the theme for International Women’s Day: Balance for Better. And, of course, I’m very proud of the work we do at Path Forward to help so many people achieve their own balance and in helping companies work toward better gender balance on their teams. The reason…

Forging a Path Forward in Gender Balance on International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day 2019 is all about finding #balanceforbetter: achieving gender parity and equality in every facet of life, from media representation to company leadership. But in the workplace, gender balance can’t be discussed without bringing up the issue of caregiving, and the responsibilities that come with raising children. Recent research has shown a consistent story across three decades: while only 2% of young women expected to opt out…

Participant Spotlight: Shailaja Tuppad

Shailaja Tuppad’s career journey took her from software development in India to graduate studies in Durham, North Carolina, to a career break in California. After being out of the workforce for two years, she found it difficult to break back into her previous field. After finding out about Path Forward, she applied for and received a returnship at OSIsoft, where she was then hired full-time as a Software Developer. How…

Spring 2019 Return to Work Program Kicks Off With Two Career Restart Seminars in the Bay Area

We kicked off our Spring 2019 program with two Career Restart Seminars in the Bay Area, where more than 500 caregivers seeking a career reentry had the opportunity to learn more about our return to work program, network, and meet recruiters from some of our partner companies who are offering Spring 2019 returnships, including Cloudflare, DataStax, Dynamic Signal, Intuit, LendingClub, Netflix, OSIsoft, SAP, Uber, Volta, and Verizon. One woman looking…