Welcoming Cindy Guerra Robbins to the Path Forward Board

I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of Cindy Guerra Robbins to the Board of Path Forward! Cindy comes to us with an impressive resume and an even-more impressive history of championing the cause of gender equity in the workforce, most notably at Salesforce where she led a study that motivated CEO Marc Benioff to rebalance gender pay across the company—generating acclaim for Salesforce and positioning the company as a role…

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…

On Our Fifth Anniversary Our Work Is More Important Than Ever

The 2020 pandemic has called attention to the issue of women trying to navigate the conflict between work and family. But working women knew this was a problem long before 2020. And so did we.  In March of 2016 Path Forward launched with a mission to empower people to return to the paid workforce after a career break to accommodate caregiving. We knew the root of the problem was on…

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…

Use Path Forward’s Resource Roundup to Return to Work in 2021

If you’re starting 2021 with the goal of returning to work, you’re in luck – because we’ve got all the resources and opportunities you need. Path Forward posts new returnships all throughout the year. View our current opportunities here, and make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter to learn about new roles as soon as they open. To help you hit the ground running, we’ve collected all of our…

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Hire a Career Coach

As you embark on your career restart, you may find yourself having trouble defining your career goals or understanding how to use your skills and experience in the current job market. If this is true for you, you might want to consider engaging with a career coach. Before you dive headfirst into a coaching relationship, make sure you understand what (and what not!) to expect so you can determine if…

Returner Spotlight: Heidi McAllister

Company: Amazon Position: Software Development Engineer Heidi McAllister took a break from her 20-year career in software development to spend more time with her young children. After seven years, she was ready to return to her career, and had just begun a returnship at Amazon when her team went virtual due to the pandemic. She completed her returnship remotely, and now works at Amazon full-time as a software development engineer.…

Participant Spotlight: Bridget Kelly

Company: Twilio Position: Manager, Change Management Bridget Kelly was ready to restart her career after taking an eight-year break from her sales operations career to raise her children. She found a job posting for one of Path Forward’s first-ever returnships, a customer success role at SendGrid. Intrigued by the concept, Bridget applied and completed her returnship in 2015. Below, Bridget discusses the ways her team at SendGrid, now a subsidiary…