International Mothers-Return-to-Work Symposium Featuring Back on the Career Track Author

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Carol Fishman Cohen, co-author of Back on the Career Track and co-founder of career reentry programming company iRelaunch, has been invited by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and two prominent women's universities in Japan and South Korea to give the keynote address at their International Symposium called "Creating a Second Chance for Women: Helping Mothers Get Back to Work" on March 21, 2008 in Tokyo. The symposium will feature experts from the U.S., Japan and Korea, and is expected to attract over 250 academics, employer representatives and members of the media.

Creating a Second Chance for Women: Helping Mothers Get Back to Work

Carol Fishman Cohen, co-author of Back on the Career Track and co-founder of career reentry programming company iRelaunch, has been invited by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and two prominent women's universities in Japan and South Korea to give the keynote address at their International Symposium called "Creating a Second Chance for Women: Helping Mothers Get Back to Work" on March 21, 2008 in Tokyo.

The symposium will feature experts from the U.S., Japan and Korea, and is expected to attract over 250 academics, employer representatives and members of the media. According to Ms. Cohen, "The issue of career reentry has only gained prominence in the U.S. since 2004, and there has been an explosion of programs and employer initiatives to access talent on career break as a result. The conference participants want to learn about these initiatives and also hear about concrete strategies and advice for individuals on career break looking to return to work."

Ms. Cohen is the co-author of the acclaimed book on resuming careers after a career break called Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work (Warner Books, June 2007) and the Co-Founder of iRelaunch "The Career Reentry Experts." iRelaunch specializes in career reentry programming and strategies for employers, universities, organizations and individuals and runs full day, career reentry events for professionals on career break called "Career Relaunch Forums."

"One goal of the Tokyo conference is to change the employer mindset in Asia about hiring mothers who have taken a career break. Right now, Asian companies are not receptive to the concept. But the reality is that women are successfully relaunching careers after time at home. Part of our goal in the U.S. and abroad is to trumpet these success stories, so both employers and individuals on career break will be inspired to emulate them" commented Ms. Cohen. Her symposium remarks will focus on "The 7 Steps to Relaunch Success", the core strategy she and her co-author Vivian Steir Rabin developed for "relaunching" careers after a career break. Ms. Cohen and Ms. Rabin have presented this strategy to over 2,500 people at career reentry events over the last two years.

Ms. Cohen and Ms. Rabin, both Harvard Business School graduates, built careers, took multi-year career breaks, and then resumed careers, albeit in very different ways. Rabin, a mother of five, took a seven year break and resumed working by developing her own executive search business. Cohen, a mother of four, "relaunched" by taking a conventional full time job with a major investment firm after five years working part time, and then six years out of the workforce completely. She later left the firm, became the subject of a Harvard Business School case on career reentry, and then joined with Ms. Rabin to begin work on what became Back on the Career Track.

iRelaunch is holding a Career Relaunch Forum in the Chicago suburbs on May 8, 2008. The Forum is for professionals on career break who want to develop a realistic and sustainable personal strategy for returning to work. As the first day-long event dedicated to career reentry, over 200 women are expected to attend. Check http://www.careerrelaunch.com for details.

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