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…

TriciaSlovacek

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Tricia Slovacek

Name: Tricia Slovacek Return Path position: Software Engineer in the Data Pipeline group Career past life (What did you do?): I have experience as a weather modeling and verification software engineer, magnetic recording I/O firmware engineer, and I/O control systems software engineer. How long were you out of the workforce? 11 years Return Path role (What do you do each day?) I work on the Data Pipeline team, a group responsible for…

Catchafire: A Platform for Strategic Volunteering

Stay-at-home parents who are looking to go back to work are often advised to volunteer as a means of keeping their skills updated and relevant and to close the gap on their resume. The problem with this advice is that not all volunteering opportunities have real value in the marketplace and the ones that do can be as hard to find as paid work! Enter Catchafire. It’s a platform for professionals…

Janelle Pelletier

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Janelle Pelletier

Name:  Janelle Pelletier Return Path position: Service Delivery Support Coordinator Career past life (What did you do?):  Before I took time off to raise a family, I was an IT systems engineer specializing in HP-UX, systems management and data protection. Prior to that, I worked as a chemical engineer with an environmental consulting firm in air quality compliance and total chemical management. How long were you out of the workforce?  I…

Pamela Adams

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Pamela Adams

Name: Pamela Adams Your Return-to-Work Position: User Experience (UX) Designer at Return Path (2016) *Update: Pamela is now working as Customer Success Manager at Envysion, Inc. Before you left the workforce, what was your career like?: I started my career as a television producer for numerous outlets including ABC News. I took a break from working to focus on starting a family. During this time, I focused my creativity in graphic design,…

What I Learned at the WE Festival (Not Just for Entrepreneurs)

I spent last Thursday at the WE Festival. It’s a conference for women entrepreneurs (WE =  women entrepreneurs) that was founded and is run by Joanne Wilson, Path Forward’s Board Co-chair. Joanne is a force of nature and the festival was just AWESOME. To be in a room full of so many smart, passionate, ambitious women was inspiring. You can share in the inspiration – all of the festival sessions…