A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan started her career as an attorney. She spent the following ten years as a professional development leader helping lawyers, law students, and recent graduates succeed in their career. Like many returnees, she only expected to take a few years away from her career to raise her daughters. Eleven years later, she re-entered the workforce through the Path Forward program at Verisk Analytics in their HR department. At the…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Steffie MacDonald

Steffie MacDonald was a seasoned operations strategist and professional analyst before she left the workforce 17 years ago to care for her family. As her children grew older, she made steps to re-start her career. Despite staying active in her community and growing her network of professional contacts, she felt employers wouldn’t take a chance on her because of her career gap. Path Forward’s program gave her the professional experience…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Ivel Leatheam

Ivel Leatheam spent 10 years working in the fashion industry before taking a break to raise her children. When she decided to return to work nine years later, she used Path Forward as a jumping off point for career re-entry. Ivel’s creative skills made her an excellent candidate for a graphic design returnship at Verisk Analytics, even though graphic design wasn’t a focus of her former career. Now she’s working…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Laura Stupi

Name: Laura Stupi Company and Position Title: Customer Success Associate, Demandbase What did you do before taking a break: Before taking a break I worked in the scientific instrumentation industry. Most of it was focused on the application of X-rays to the chemical characterization of materials. I worked with the extraction (oil, gas, and mining) and environmental clean-up industries, and the academic sector. I held two different roles: first working with…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Wendy Padua

Name:  Wendy Padua Company and position title: Zendesk, I started as a field marketing intern and my contract was extended as a field marketing associate. What did you do before taking a break? I had two very distinct career tracks. My early career began in a small, high growth software company based in Atlanta.  I worked in the marketing department, and the environment feels very similar to what I’m experiencing now at…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Trisha Almeida

Name:  Trisha Almeida Company and position title: Demandbase, I started as a solutions consultant and was hired full-time as a project manager. What did you do before taking a break? I worked as a project manager in IT. I started my career as an engineer, grew into an analyst position, and when I quit I was working as a project manager. How many years of experience did you have before your…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Viviana Bhandari

Name: Viviana Bhandari Company and position title: Demandbase, software engineer. What did you do before taking a break? I was living in Costa Rica where I worked as a customer service rep for call centers for different companies. I moved to the US for my husband’s career and I wasn’t able to get a work visa right away so I used the time to finish my degree. How many years…

Brittany

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Brittany Luebke

Name: Brittany Rhea Luebke Return Path position: Social Media Marketing Coordinator, Digital and Brand Marketing Career past life (What did you do?): Most recently, I worked in marketing and communications for an insurance and financial services company. Prior to that, I was a human resources consultant, specializing in benefit communication and employee wellness programs. How long were you out of the workforce? I was out of the workforce almost two years.…

Rick Simkins

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Rick Simkins

Name: Rick Simkins Return to Work Internship position (and company): Service Delivery Support at Return Path. Career past life (What did you do?): I was a Regional Channel Manager, selling data center solutions, networking, data storage and other solutions to companies. How long were you out of the workforce before entering the Return to Work program? I was out of the workforce for 2 years. I started a business and was looking for…

Barbara Gaskill

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Barbara Gaskill

Name: Barbara Gaskill   Return Path position:  Sales Operations Analyst Career past life (what did you do?): Sales Operations Manager and Demand Manager in the Semiconductor Industry How long were you out of the workforce?: I was out of the workforce for almost one year Return Path role (what do you do each day?): During my first few weeks at Return Path I cleaned up the pipeline within Salesforce, ensuring data…