Participant Spotlight: Divya Ambadipudi

Divya Ambadipudi spent four and a half years as a Software Engineer in India and the US before taking a six-year break to care for her children. After deciding to return to work, she applied and was accepted into several Path Forward returnships and chose to return to work at Nutanix, where she now works full-time as a Full Stack Developer. Divya talks about her returnship experience, preparing for her…

Participant Spotlight: Nancy Turner Jung

Nancy Turner Jung worked in business development for Hewlett Packard for almost 20 years before taking a break to spend quality time with and help care for her ailing mother. After five years, she realized that she missed the mental stimulation of her career, and decided to return to work. After spotting a returnship at Quizlet relevant to her skills, she jumped on the opportunity, and now works there full-time…

Participant Spotlight: Deepthi Parthasarathy

Deepthi Parthasarathy took a break from her decade-long career as a software engineer to spend time with her toddler-aged daughter. When her daughter started school, she decided to return to work, but sought to make a career shift from development to product management. After completing a returnship in product management at Walmart Labs, she was hired there full-time as a Product Manager for their retail supply-chain technology team – the…

Participant Spotlight: Hagit Katzenelson

Hagit Katzenelson worked in product management for a number of start-ups and tech companies before the demands of caring for family and a friend with cancer compelled her to take a career break. When she was ready to return, Hagit job-searched for five years before landing a returnship as Product Manager for Walmart Labs, where she now works full-time. She tells us about the importance of believing in yourself, her…

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…

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…

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…

Participant Spotlight: Romasha Tomar

After establishing her career as a Java programmer in New Delhi, India, Romasha experienced two momentous changes in a short period of time when she had a child and moved to America. With a young child at home, she decided to take a career break. When her son started kindergarten, she felt that it was time to return to the workforce and found a returnship at LendingClub though Path Forward.…

Participant Spotlight: Gloria Marcu

Gloria stepped away from the workforce for more than 10 years to raise her son. She joined Cloudflare as one of their first returnees and has been with them since November 2016. Here’s her story. What type of work did you do before taking a career break? I had more than 10 years of experience mostly working in IT technical support. What type of work are you doing at Cloudflare?…

Participant Spotlight: Lavanya Kannan

Lavanya earned an MBA and worked for more than five years in the technology sector before she left her career to raise her child. After three years away from her career, she found it difficult to re-enter the workforce at the same professional level. She attended a Path Forward Career Restart Seminar and applied for a returnship at Medallia. She now works as a full-time Senior Analyst at Medallia. What…