A Message from our Co-Directors
Welcome to the STEM Reentry Task Force microsite, the hub of activity for the groundbreaking return-to-work initiative started in late 2015 by the Society of Women Engineers and iRelaunch. We are very proud of the growth and evolution of the Task Force, as it has provided and continues to provide the framework, training and collaborative setting for the creation of in-house, mid-career, return-to-work programs at leading employers across a wide range of industry sectors. Employer return-to-work programs developed as part of Task Force participation are responsible for hundreds of return-to-work professionals resuming their careers after multi-year career breaks.
We write this as we are entering our sixth year of the initiative, and celebrate the increasing impact of the Task Force, as more employers continue to join, and as programs from past employer participants expand domestically, across functional roles and lines of business, and internationally. Size, scale and scope have always been part of the goal of the Task Force and we are thrilled to see those efforts coming to fruition.
We still believe today what we believed in 2015; that the high caliber return to work talent pool is a key hiring pipeline for employers looking for mature, experienced, dedicated mid- to senior level professionals, for technical roles and beyond. The career break experiences of return-to-work professionals add to the perspective they bring to the workforce. The energy and enthusiasm they invest in their “relaunched” roles is palpable and noted consistently by their managers.
The resounding success of the STEM Reentry Task Force to date makes us even more focused on doubling down on continued growth in the years to come. The work of the Task Force has literally been transformative, in that it has been critical to the institutional shift that has taken place in the way employers view career breaks. The career break that used to be the basis for rejecting a candidate is now what makes them eligible to apply for and participate in employer return to work programs.
We are proud to have had a role in making that happen.
To future success,
Jen & Jennifer