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Deborah's not longing for retirement, but a way to leverage her work experience for 15 more years

Meet Deborah, she has 3 grown children – 2 in college and one getting ready to graduate high school.  She finds herself thinking about what her mornings could now look like if she woke up preparing for the team meeting or presentations she so loved to do and knew she did well.  She’s been out of the workforce for 2 decades now, as she left her career to stay home and start a family. In the early years of her marriage she was a Senior Director of Program Management and had a team of 25 direct reports at the IT consultancy she used to work at. She loved her job and was proud of having worked up the ladder at her firm to a Senior Director level, in what was a very competitive corporate culture. Her team was loyal and high producing, feedback from top management was that Deborah was a great communicator, creditable and relatable in front of a customer.  She was known for being collaborative and admired for the positive outcomes that came out of the tough decisions she had to make at times. Now, as Deborah reflects on her career and imagines herself going back to work – she wonders:

• What kind of role would I be considered for now and can I get back into a leadership position?
• I’ve been away from technology for so long, what do I need to know and how might this gap work against me?
• Speaking of gaps – how do I start to explain what I’ve been doing for the past 20 years of my life?
• How do gain my confidence back and get back to doing what I love and did so well?

By joining the MSHEmpowers community, Deborah has connected herself to the family of resources that can help her accelerate her journey to re-enter the workforce as a leader and major contributor again.  Let’s take another look at her questions and see what steps she took to find answers.


• What kind of role would I be considered for now and can I get back into a leadership position?

Deborah read the following blog that helped her realize that helped her understand the additional opportunities that now exist in the technology industry. Click here to read the blog

• I’ve been away from technology for so long, what do I need to know and how might this gab work against me?

The MSHE Mentorship program connected Deborah with a someone that has worked in the technology industry for decades and now is an executive in a training firm. She has received professional coaching and has developed a short-term training plan to ramp up on today’s technology landscape.

• Speaking of gaps – how do I start to explain what I’ve been doing for the past 20 years of my life?

The MSHE Resume Builder program connected Deborah with resources to help her not only tell her story and capture what she has been doing since her break from the workforce, but also helped her leverage her rich, previous work experience and make it relevant today.

• How do gain my confidence back and get back to doing what I love and did so well?

By attending online and in person networking sessions, Deborah has been able to quickly grow her professional network and meet a sea of women that are in the same place as Deborah and have been able to connect her to other support networks and recruiters that she never would have known how to access.


With a jump start via the MSHEmpowers community, Deborah is growing her network, bridging her resume gap and building her confidence back. She’s now in a position to attract and explore the role she deserves and put herself on the fast track to a leadership position in the technology industry again.