Become a Partner

Path Forward is a nonprofit on a mission to empower people to return to the paid workforce after they’ve taken time off for caregiving. We work with companies to help them implement and run successful mid-career internship programs – often called “returnships” – that provide an on-ramp back to the workforce for people looking to re-engage with their careers and a low-risk way for companies to tap into a diverse talent pool that is motivated and experienced, yet often overlooked. 

Our Partner Network Includes:

How It Works

We’ve worked with more than 75 companies – from global companies to small start-ups – to create return to work programs. We leverage that experience to share best practices and provide training and support to all of our partner companies. We promote your returnship opportunities to our network of returners and provide professional development to your participants to help them successfully navigate their transition back to work. We run programs year-round in major metro markets across the U.S. Our partners have hired returners in a wide variety of functions ranging from HR to engineering, and 80% of our program graduates were hired at the companies where they completed their returnships.

Our Audience

What Our Partners Are Saying

Bobbie Grafeld, VP of Human Resources at Walmart e-Commerce, says, “[In 2018], we had more than 30 women successfully complete returnships in our Silicon Valley office and retained three quarters of them in full-time roles.” After the success of that program, Walmart expanded their 2019 returnship program to nearly all of their Walmart Labs locations across America.

Read more of our partner testimonials here.

Partner Spotlight: Caroline Adams, Red Ventures
Recruiting Manager Caroline Adams launched her company’s returnship program fully remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Path Forward brings in the expertise that we don’t have, and the network of talented people who want to return to work. It was a true partnership, where Path Forward advised us in areas where they had subject matter expertise, but also let us be the drivers in what was critical to us, like candidate assessment.” Read her story.