Off the Clock - Laura Vanderkam

Interview with Laura Vanderkam: Time Management Techniques for Career Restarters

I don’t remember exactly when I discovered the work of Laura Vanderkam, but when I did I was hooked. She wrote the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and followed that with I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. I love her work because she challenges the accepted narrative—we are all too busy, you can’t do it all,…

Path Forward Partners with Walmart

Walmart Joins Path Forward Return to Work Program In Northern California

Path Forward is excited to announce that Walmart Inc. has joined our fall 2018 program. Through our partnership, Walmart’s technology division – Walmart Labs – will be creating opportunities in its San Bruno and Sunnyvale, California offices for people to restart their careers after caregiving. The initial cohort will include a variety of roles in software engineering and product management. We will be kicking off the fall program with two Path…

5 Steps To Creating Time For What Matters Most

Many women lament their inability to create boundaries around their time so they can accomplish what matters most to them. If you find yourself saying, “I have to …” with a sigh for a lot of your calendar items, that’s sure sign that you are spending time in a way that doesn’t bring you joy. Sure, we all have plenty of things we have to do, but many of us have…

How to Network without feeling icky.

How To Network Without Feeling ‘Icky’

I recently presented a webinar for the American Geological Union on restarting a career in the sciences. We included a poll asking the attendees which part of the job search process they most dreaded — networking, resumes, interviews or “all of it.” The winner, by a pretty wide margin, was networking. I’m not surprised. To most people networking feels smarmy and, well, icky. I think it’s because we fundamentally misunderstand…

New Return to Work Opportunities in Colorado! Join Path Forward’s Career Restart Seminar

Looking to restart your career in the Denver and Boulder area? Path Forward will be kicking off our fall return to work program with another one of our popular Career Restart Seminars on June 5 at TTEC’s office in Englewood, Colorado. At the event you will have a chance to meet recruiters TTEC. Path Forward’s Executive Director, Tami Forman, will also be presenting information on how to restart your career…

Podcast: Breaking Into Startups

Earlier this year I was interviewed for the Breaking Into Startups podcast. The episode features Wendy Padua, one of the outstanding returnees from Zendesk. Zendesk was an early Path Forward partner — they really understood the concept and were willing to take a chance on the program. That paid off for them as Wendy was hired into the marketing department where she continues to do a fabulous job. You can…

What I Am Grateful For This Year

This Thanksgiving will be a quiet one for me. We aren’t traveling and we aren’t entertaining. We will be just the four of us — watching the parade, eating way too much and relaxing. I can’t wait! While I love holidays with my extended family, a few days of we-don’t-have-to-go-out is something I’m really looking forward to. And partly, I’m looking forward to some quiet days to think about all…

Ambitious Women

In Praise of Ambitious Women

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal magazine had a cover story about Reese Witherspoon. She has become a force in Hollywood creating movies and TV shows that are made by, star, and appeal to women. That this is a novel concept—despite the fact that 52% of moviegoers are women—is a testament to how far we’ve got to go. But her success is a testament to how far we’ve come and we…

Path Forward on Women at Forbes

Women@Forbes Fall Roundup

At Path Forward, we seek to help women find a joyful balance between finding career success and maintaining a happy personal life. To amplify that message, I’m writing a weekly column for Women@Forbes. This fall, I’ve discussed restarting your career, managing your time, and getting over networking anxiety. While these columns are written for a broad audience, the advice in many of them can apply specifically to those looking to…