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What We Can Learn from Brenda Barnes

Brenda Barnes made headlines in 1997 when she quit her job as CEO of Pepsi to spend more time with her three children. She returned to the C-suite in 2004, joining Sara Lee as COO and eventually becoming CEO. She stepped down from that role in 2010 after a stroke and last month a second stroke claimed her life at 63. Her too-short but oh-so-full life offers many lessons for…

Book Review: “Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career”

In her new book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, Lisen Stromberg digs into the reasons why women take pauses in their careers and the steps they can take to successfully return. Relying on extensive social-science research and data about who leaves the workforce and why, Stromberg centers the narrative of Work Pause Thrive around the idea that pausing your career can enrich your career and your life. Covering everything from the complex…

Looking to restart your career? Give yourself a job: Run for office

I was very inspired by a recent Claire Zillman article in Fortune about the mayor of Sonoma, California. Partly, I was inspired because I believe it is good for our civic life when more women – across all sides of the political spectrum – run for and serve in public office. But Rachel Hundley also inspires me because hers is a wonderful reinvention story. And, a story of diving in…

New Year, New Job: Doing Informational Interviews the Right Way

You scored an informational interview with an amazing woman who you think can connect you to opportunities or offer you advice as you restart your career. Great! Now what?! Don’t panic, but do prepare. Informational interviews are a great way to learn more about the market, figure out where your skills might be best suited, assess where you have skill or experience gaps that need to be filled and get…

Announcing New Partnerships and a New Market

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added 7 new companies to the Path Forward network and have expanded our program into the New York Metro Area. AppNexus and Verisk Analytics have partnered with us to launch return to work programs in their New York and Jersey City offices. In the San Francisco Bay Area we’ve added Medallia, Quantcast, Intacct, Volta, and Cloudera. (Click the links to learn more about each company and see…

New Year, New Job: Finding Your Tribe

I love January. Despite the cold I find it the most exhilarating month. While I do believe that September is the new January, and that New Year’s resolutions can be tough to keep, January still represents a fresh start. It’s a chance to pull up, review what’s working and refresh your goals. If you’ve set a goal of restarting your career in 2017, you’ve come to the right place. Of…

Start Your New Year’s Resolutions Now

I’ve got mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. I like the “fresh start” feeling that January represents and the chance to renew commitments to our goals or make big changes to our lives. But the research on resolutions isn’t so great – in fact, only 8% of people who make a resolution manage to stick to it. One way to take some of the pressure off is to start now.…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Time

I have a friend who is very accomplished. He’s started and sold companies, built a local startup community, run events and done charitable work. I had lunch with him once and marveled at the long list of achievements on his LinkedIn profile and asked how he managed to do so much. He admitted that he was more involved in some things than others and that he wasn’t solely responsible for…

Is Housework Stressing You Out? Lower Your Standards.

My dining room table was dirty when I woke up this morning. Some of it was kid debris – a plastic box full of crayons, half-finished drawings, books, birthday cards. Some of it was food debris – crumbs from last night’s dinner. It was dirty when I woke up because it was dirty when I went to bed. If you just read that paragraph and thought “Oh honey, you are…

Apply for a Scholarship to Take Online Tech Courses with Treehouse

We’re on a mission to help women (and men) restart their careers after they’ve been out of the workforce for caregiving. A good way to fill in the gap on your resume before returning to work is to take a course to refresh your skills or learn new ones. We’ve partnered with Treehouse to bring 50 FREE scholarships to Path Forward subscribers to brush up on their skills before returning to work,…