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, Return Path What did you do before you took a career break?: 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…

Kim Poletti

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 What was your returnship position at Return Path? I was a Software Engineer in the Data Pipeline group. In your 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 What do you do each day as a returnee at…

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…