A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Swati Udas

Name: Swati Udas Return to Work Internship position (and company) Software Engineer Career past life (What did you do?): Software Developer How long were you out of the workforce before entering the Return to Work program? I was home for 2 years with my newborn daughter. What was your experience trying to find a job before the program? It was challenging to get back in the flow of things. I…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Kalin Rollings

Name: Kalin Rollings Return to Work Internship position (and company): I started at a customer care role at ReadyTalk through their return to work program supported by Path Forward. Career past life (What did you do?): I worked at an athletic club for eight years prior as a general manager. I then had my son and took some time off with him. When I decided to come back, I wanted…

Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Wonderful

Early in my business career I learned to embrace the concept “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” The idea, which was very hard on a recovering perfectionist, was that something that is done well enough is infinitely more valuable than the thing this is never complete because it wasn’t yet “perfect.” The concept of perfection in parenting is also hard for me to let go of,…

Congratulations PayPal!

Last week, I was at PayPal’s San Jose, California HQ to celebrate the completion of their first Path Forward return to work program. The program, which they dubbed “Recharge,” had 9 participants, all in software engineering. Since February they have been working hard and the celebration was a chance to mark their completion of the program and look eagerly to their future. Opening the graduation was RC Johnson, PayPal’s extraordinary…

TODAY Covers Moms Returning to Work – featuring our partner PayPal

TODAY covers companies helping women return to the workforce after time away featuring our partner PayPal! The PayPal program has been very successful and we are so proud to see them get the kudos they deserve for sponsoring this initiative and supporting Path Forward in its mission, too. And yes, you will also catch a quick glimpse of our Executive Director, Tami Forman, leading the career workshop at PayPal this…

The “Magic Trick” of Being There Even When You Aren’t There

In last month’s In Style magazine Julia Roberts had an extraordinary quote about being a working mom. “One of the greatest things [my mom] ever did for me … I remember asking her—when I had three kids under 3 years old and just felt like I was running in a thousand directions at once—‘How on earth did you raise all of us? You worked full-time, and you did all these…

Krista Rogers

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Krista Rogers

Name: Krista Rogers Return to Work Internship position: Customer Experience Researcher Career past life (What did you do?): I started my career as a coordinator at National Geographic Television. I later joined a start-up research company where I conducted stamp research for the U.S. Postal Service. I went on to manage a team of researchers that provided all the visuals for Discovery Channel’s online magazine. After moving to Denver, I worked…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Kim Poletti

Name: Kim Poletti Return Path position: Social Media/Content Marketing Career past life (what did you do?): I had two distinct careers–one in international affairs and one in the tech industry. I worked in Washington, DC and abroad for governmental, academic, and nonprofit organizations in both program manager and international conference coordinator roles. My second career began with a master’s degree in engineering. I managed teams of software engineers upgrading internal and external websites…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Marina Groothuis

Name: Marina Groothuis Return Path position: Marketing Manager, Return to Work program Career past life (What did you do?): I was and continue to be a yoga teacher. My most recent professional experience (from way, way back) was in traditional direct marketing customer acquisition and retention. How long were you out of the workforce? I was out of the traditional office workplace for 12 years. For the last six years, I…

Working a Split Shift (President Obama Does It!)

Family dinner is incredibly important to me. That time with my husband and children (an 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son) is about more than nutrition. It’s about connection and instilling in my children habits and manners that will hopefully last them a lifetime. My work is also incredibly important to me and I have the kind of work that doesn’t always neatly fold itself into the 9-to-5. The cultural and…