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The Women's Leadership Institute at Bentley Honors iRelaunch for Helping Women Get Back on Career Track

October 24, 2007

The Bentley College Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) names iRelaunch as the recipient of the 2007 Workplace Innovations Award. The award will be presented by Bentley President Gloria Cordes Larson on Wednesday, November 7, at the WLI Career Re-Launch Expo and Networking Night for stay-at-home mothers from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Bentley campus.

Now in its second year, the annual award honors individuals or organizations that innovate in the workplace to improve women's likelihood of achieving professional leadership roles.

"The goal of this award is to recognize those that go beyond 'business as usual' to strengthen the pathways to women's success by implementing novel ideas, and honoring iRelaunch epitomizes this goal," says Bentley law professor and WLI director Marianne DelPo Kulow. In particular, she notes the career services that iRelaunch provides to stay-at-home mothers attempting to re-enter the professional workforce.

"While mothers taking career breaks to bear and to raise children is nothing new, what is new is providing a vehicle for women to connect to the resources they need to best manage their careers at every phase of a career break-- from consideration to the actual break to re-entry."

iRelaunch connects those on career breaks with each other, with resources such as volunteer programs, and with employers interested in re-engaging them. It provides services to:

  • Mid-career professionals who have voluntarily left the workforce ("re-launchers")
  • Employers who wish to stay connected with their employees who go on a career break
  • Employers who wish to connect with previously unaffiliated re-launchers
  • Value-added service providers targeting re-launchers (career counselors, on line courses, etc.)

The company, says DelPo Kulow, "attempts to fill a void that exists between a talented pool of women and employers who increasingly need the type of workforce these women represent: seasoned, experienced, and mature."

The 2006 recipient of the Workplace Innovations Award was Jerome R. Rossi, chief operating officer of The Marmaxx Group (purchasing organization for TJX Companies), noted for the domestic violence policy and program that he instituted.

 

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