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…

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…

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…

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…

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…