05 Aug 2015
Helping Women Executives Return to WorkTopics:
Katerina Gould (MBA 1990), cofounder of Women Returners and founder of Thinking Potential, is helping executive women in the United Kingdom re-enter the workforce after extended career breaks.
“They are going to be more stable than other employees. They’re not going to try to jump up the corporate ladder by moving from employer to employer every couple years,” she says. “They’re not going to take the information and go off and start their own business. They’re committed to the organization they’re working for and they are really motivated to continue with their careers.”
Gould educates employers about the advantages of hiring returning women executives. Her company helps connect these women to “returnships,” or executive-level internships. She also helps women deal with all challenges—personal and professional—of getting back into the workforce.
“Women approach us with all kinds of questions, ranging from ‘I'm not quite sure what it is I want to do next’ to ‘I actually know what I want to do and I’ve tried all the routes I can think of to do it. Recruiters won’t talk to me, headhunters won’t talk to me. How else am I going to find a role?’”
(Published August 2015)
Class of MBA 1990, Section B