Whether you are looking to scale back or considering re-entering the workforce, there are many reasons alumni seek flexible work opportunities.  However, we recognize that it can be difficult to find a perfect fit.  We encourage you to meet with an HBS career coach as we recognize that each situation unique and take a customized approach to help alumni with re-entry and flexible work opportunities.

In addition to meeting with a coach, we have also compiled a list of resources to help you in this process.  Some of these resources seek to connect you with either part-time consulting roles or full-time positions and others aim to help enhance your skillset as you prepare to make your next move.

Flexible work opportunities

The programs below connect alumni from top business schools with flexible work opportunities and consulting projects at a variety of organizations:

Returning to Work After a Long-Term Gap

Returning to the workforce after an extended break can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. One of the best ways to overcome a long-term gap is to jump back in and pursue flexible opportunities offered through the organizations listed above. Additionally, you may find the following resources helpful.

  • Founded by MIT scholars, it is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to generate effective strategies, offer practical support, and increase public understanding of the challenges facing professionals in career transitions.

    Additional Programs For Women

    Co-founded by Gwenn Rosener (MBA 1993) with Jennifer Voss (MBA 1993) serving as Managing Director, FlexProfessionals is a niche staffing and recruiting firm that connects professionals looking for meaningful part-time work with organizations looking for seasoned part-time talent. Launched in 2010, FlexProfessionals is a popular source of talent for start-ups, non-profits and small businesses in need of smart and economical ways to support growth as well as large companies struggling to fill positions in a tight labor market. We are also a valued resource for working moms and not-ready-to-retire professionals looking for flexibility to better balance work and caregiving needs. FlexProfessionals has worked with hundreds of employers and thousands of job-seekers in the Washington DC and Boston metro areas to fill part-time positions in business areas such as accounting, marketing, sales, HR, research, writing, administration and technology. Additionally, we offer resources and workforce readiness workshops to support our re-entry candidates.

    The Return with Purpose Fellowship takes a deeper dive, offering unique value as a year-long experiential learning program in a cohort of like-minded women with exposure to Inspiring Capital's broader social impact network. Forty-plus hours of training provides a platform for women to accelerate their career re-entry through hands-on practical training, a self-directed path of learning, networking and self-reflection within a supportive cohort membership. Fellowship members benefit from a professional identity as Social Impact Fellows, and gain access to our weekly Return with Purpose newsletter docused on content, networking events, and project and job opportunities. Social Impact Fellows also receive a one-year Inspiring Capital membership, which includes curated networking and monthly social impact events within IC's broader community.

    Co-founded in 2007 by Carol Fishman Cohen (MBA '85), iRelaunch produces innovative products and services for professionals seeking to return to work after a hiatus and for employers recruiting from this talent pool. iRelaunch works with employers, professional associations, university alumni organizations and relaunching professionals through its consulting, coaching and public speaking practices. The full-day iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference brings together educated professionals seeking to re-enter the workforce and premier employers eager to engage with that talent pool.

    Après helps women navigate the exciting, challenging and momentous journey of Career + Motherhood. Our tools help women through key career and life opportunities and pivots, discovering their passion and what's next, resume development, and finding work that works for them. With the Après+ Membership, you'll get exclusive access to our inspiring content, weekly Après newsletter, vetted career coaches and incredible slate of webinars led by our coaches that will inspire and set you on a path to what's next. Plus with the Après Plus Membership Package, search jobs specifically curated for women returning to the workforce with a special emphasis on part-time, flexible and remote opportunities. Après has provided a discount code to HBS alumnae for 20% off membership. Please email cpd@hbs.edu to receive the code.

    ReBoot Accel believes in the life-long career power of women. Their programs get women current, connected, and confident to return to work with impact and influence. ReBoot Accel has a suite of training and placement programs that help women land jobs and return to the workplace. Over 1,000 clients have been served in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, NYC and Seattle. A 2017 survey found that over 80% of participants seeking jobs and increased leadership roles have found meaningful work, either part-time, full-time, or as entrepreneurs. Founded by Diane Flynn (HBS '88) and Patty White (HBS '89).

    Co-founded by HBS alumnae, Lisa Skeete Tatum ('98) and Sheila Marcelo ('98), Landit offers a personalized playbook for women seeking to move their career forward. Whether you are looking to transition to a new opportunity, re-enter the formal workplace, or take their career to the next level, Landit provides resources to help women achieve career fulfillment. After answering a series of questions about your preferences and experiences, Landit provides a list of curated jobs, helps you define your personal brand, and offers additional professional development resources.

    Mom Corps' CEO, Allison O'Kelly, is an HBS alumna (MBA '99). Mom Corps is a professional staffing and career development firm. Specializes in high-level accounting, legal, marketing and IT services on a special project or contract basis. Since 2005, Mom Corps has placed thousands of professionals in flexible positions in companies across the United States.

    On-Ramps is a recruiting and consulting firm specializing in workplace innovation, and placing candidates in full-time, part-time and project-based assignments.

    Path Forward offers returning professionals the opportunity to restart their careers with companies that appreciate the skills they offer, the perspective they provide, and the contributions they can make. Through mid-career internship opportunities, women (and men) who want to return to the workforce after pausing for caregiving are given the opportunity to forge a path forward.

    PowerToFly connects accomplished female talent with companies that recognize how diversity and flexible work fuel innovation. They are currently focused on the tech sector but are in the process of expanding to other sectors.

    Connects high-caliber professional women with flexible work opportunities. They allow professionals to identify and pursue flexible work opportunities while avoiding a huge time commitment. Prokanga professionals work on an hourly consulting or project-based fee structure for a finite period of time.

    reacHIRE helps women transition back to work after a voluntary career break. In addition to comprehensive career development training, the program connects top female talent with leading companies in paid project assignments.

    The Second Shift was founded in 2014 to address the needs of both highly-skilled professional women seeking flexible employment options and businesses seeking top quality on-demand talent. Their mission is to retain critical female talent in the workforce, benefitting women, employers, and their families financially, creatively and culturally.
  • Co-founded by HBS alumna Jane Veron (MBA '91), TAP offers consulting opportunities to high-caliber women who wish to channel their talent back into the economy. TAP recruits, trains and mobilizes professionals who deliver strategic and tactical advice to a wide range of clients. TAP's commitment to strategic volunteerism enables team members to achieve their personal and professional goals through flexible and customized work. Unique in its category, TAP offers resume-building experience as well as networking opportunities, professional development, a community of like-minded women looking for a bridge back to the workforce, as well as those currently working part- and full-time.
Founded by Anna Auerbach (HBS 2010) and Annie Dean (a recovering Wall Street attorney), Werk is the go-to destination for flexible and ambitious work opportunities. Werk is a job board on a mission: we keep women in the leadership pipeline with roles that are work-life compatible. Use their proprietary flexibility framework to find leadership track roles across the finance, strategy, marketing, law and HR sectors in a national market. Werk helps women find real, career building jobs with pre-negotiated flexibility like flex office hours or the ability to work from home. Werk partners include Facebook, Uber, Samsung, Purpose and Wayfair as well as high-potential startups. Use code HBSALUM when signing in for discounted membership.

Networking Opportunities

Networking can be an integral part of the job search. We recommend that you do a search of networking opportunities in your local community. Additionally, we have included a few options below that connect with female MBA alumni making an impact.

Formerly 85 Broads. Connecting over 10,000 MBA alumnae and students from some of the leading business schools in the country.

Forté Foundation is a consortium of leading companies and top business schools working to substantially increase the number of women business leaders. Free member services include an extensive database of female MBAs across industries and geographic locations.

HBS Women Associations

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