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: