California Tech Companies Help Moms Rejoin the Workforce

Today is a very big day for Path Forward! Go Daddy, Demandbase, CloudFlare, Coursera, Instacart and Zendesk are all partnering with us to launch return to work programs in their California locations. (Click the links to see all their listings and read more about the program in our press release.) We know this program changes the lives of women and their families — nearly 90% of the people who’ve participated…

Leading California Technology Companies Join Path Forward to Improve Gender Diversity

GoDaddy, Zendesk, Demandbase, Coursera, CloudFlare, and Instacart to offer Return-to-Work Internships for Mid-Career Professionals New York, August 23, 2016 — Path Forward, a non-profit organization that helps people get back to work after taking a career break for caregiving, today announced the launch of its California return-to-work program. Beginning in October, GoDaddy, Zendesk, Demandbase, Coursera, CloudFlare and Instacart will offer multiple jobs, in the form of 18-week paid internships, to…

The Many Ways My Children Have Helped My Career

To hear the media tell it, children are the death knell of a woman’s career. Women get sidelined. They take themselves out of the game. They are distracted and overwhelmed and how on earth can they perform well if that’s true? I’m here to tell you that my children have helped my career far more than they’ve hurt it. Their influence has been big and small. Here are a few…

Meet Path Forward’s Summer Intern: Taylor Pomroy

Note from our executive director: This summer Path Forward had our first college intern, Taylor Pomroy,  who has been working as Marketing Coordinator this summer. I call her the wunder-intern. She’s done everything, and then some, and takes on each assignment with enthusiasm and good cheer. I’m so proud of the work she’s done this summer and will miss her terribly when she goes. Before she heads back to the academic…

Redefining Success

I love visiting art museums, especially modern art museums. I’m not particularly knowledgeable, but I enjoy my time and generally find ideas that inspire me (I’ve written, here and here, about how two MoMA exhibits inspired me). And as a mom I love sharing this experience with my kids who are now 8 and 6. Of course visiting a museum with an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old can be … Let’s…

John Bortscheller

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee John Bortscheller

Name: John Bortscheller Return to Work Internship position (and company): Associate Account Executive (sales department) for ReadyTalk Career past life (What did you do?): I was a corporate account manager, selling data network systems for Verizon Business. How long were you out of the workforce before entering the Return to Work program? I was out of the workforce for more than 7 years to take care of my two young…

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…