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Returning to Work After a Career Break: Real Stories of Sloan Alums (Career Series #17)

Back on the Career Track co-author and iRelaunch co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen will present return to work strategies, and moderate a discussion with Sloan graduates who returned to work in different fields after taking multi-year career breaks.

Description:  Hear the real career re-entry stories of Tom Gormley, Sloan ’87 and Dawna Levenson, Sloan ’84, including their triumphs and challenges along the way. Cohen will present return to work strategies and tips as part of the program, and there will be ample time for Q and A. 

Tom is not only a Sloan graduate, but also a graduate of the MIT Career Reengineering program.  After a two-year career break following a downsizing at a medical devices company, he took the last step in a decade-long transition from high tech to healthcare, and is now improving patient experiences as Process Improvement Specialist in the Center for Innovation and Transformational Change at UMass Memorial HealthCare.

After 18 years with Accenture, Dawna decided it was time to do something different. Using the skillset she developed at Accenture, she pursued a university position – a long-term career goal.  After a five-year career break, Dawna found her dream job as the Associate Director of Academic Programs within MIT Professional Education.

Career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track was released in hardcover in 2007 and in paperback in 2008.   Cohen and co-author Vivian Steir Rabin subsequently formed iRelaunch to produce conferences, coaching groups, webinars, and customized career reentry programs for employers, universities, and people returning to work after a career break. 

They have presented their career reentry strategies to over 6,000 people since 2006. In 2008, they launched their iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences, which have been held in major U.S. cities and in London.  The Conference is coming to Boston on May 19 at Bentley University.  Go to for more information. 

Cohen and Rabin are both Harvard Business School graduates. They have nine children between them and they both took multi-year career breaks before resuming their careers. Cohen's return to Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study.


Date: April 12, 2011

Time:  6:30 - 7:00 PM networking & heavy hors d'oeuvres, 7 - 8:30 PM program 

Place: MIT Sloan School E51 - 372

Price: Free for SACB Alumni Members
         $20 for Alumni Non-Members
         $40 General Registration
         $10 Students/Sloan Fellows

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