WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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commerce retailing entrepreneurship keeping track startups investments capital business Getting Back in the Game L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer when Sigrid Usen decided to take a career break, she had no idea how challenging it would be to re-enter the workforce. It wasn't that Usen lacked the proper qualifications. An accomplished professional, Usen had graduated, cum laude, from Georgetown Law, where she had served as senior editor of Georgetown's business law review. She spent seven years at a major New York law firm, special- izing in corporate and securities law, until she was hired away by her client, Merrill Lynch. As Vice President and Senior Counsel there, Usen was responsible for the firm's high-yield credit and trading groups. It wasn't a gap in Usen's skill set or experience that made it difficult to return to the workforce, it was the employment gap on her resume. "Many companies have a bias against applicants with gaps in their employment history," explains serial entrepreneur, Addie Swartz, whose latest venture, reacHIREā„¢ is developing a M E D I A B A K E R Y 128 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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