I’ve written a couple times this past year about our ReturnShip program, which is a four-month paid internship program designed to help women who have been out of the workforce for more than three years to re-enter and build credible and relevant experience, and to expand the talent pool for our organization. I wrote about the initial concept when we launched v2 of the program, and then again when v2 concluded with the hiring of four of the six participants.
I’m immensely proud of our organization for inventing the program (Andy Sautins, our CTO, gets credit) and for managing it so well during the last cycle. Cathy Hawley, our VP People, and Miranda Reeves, VP Solution Management, get lead credit, but lots of other people had a hand in its success.
Yesterday, we officially launched v3 of the program and are very excited about how it is scaling. The launch was coincident with a visit to our office by Congressman Jared Polis, who represents our district in Colorado, as part of his Startup Day Across America visit to the district, which was exciting for us.
v3 of the program is poised to take the concept to the next level. We will have almost 40 Returnees in the program, and we’ve taken the program beyond Return Path and beyond our Colorado office. We are going to place Returnees in five locations: Broomfield, CO; New York, NY; Austin, TX; Indianapolis, IN; and London, UK. We’ve also recruited five like-minded partner companies to join this program. SendGrid, ReadyTalk, MWH Global, and SpotXchange will participate in the program in the Denver area, and Seattle-based Moz will participate as well.
We are still going to administer the program out of Return Path, with Andy and Cathy being joined by Katie Green from our People team as well as Laura Harrison, one of our v2 Returnees, as program manager (among others).
The recruiting cycle for ReturnShip v3 starts now, and the program will start in mid-October. We’re in the process of getting a centralized recruiting website up and running; in the meantime, you can see the available openings on the respective company web sites:
Matt Blumberg founded Return Path in 1999 because he believed the world needed email to work better. Matt is passionate about enhancing the online relationship between email subscribers and marketers so that both sides of the equation benefit. It is with great pride that he has watched this initial creation grow to a company of more than 400 employees with the market leading brand, innovative products, and the email industry’s most renowned experts. Before Return Path, Matt ran marketing, product management, and the internet group for MovieFone, Inc. (later acquired by AOL). Prior to that he served as an associate with private equity firm General Atlantic Partners and was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University. You can learn much more about Matt by reading his email marketing and entrepreneurship blog Only Once – one of the first CEO blogs on the Internet. Last year he wrote a book, Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business.
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