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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What happened to Usen? Did she find her way back in? Usen applied and was accepted into reacHIRE's Power Up Program where she updated her technology skills and understand- ing of today's business landscape. While in the program, Usen met a cohort of terrific women who would end up supporting each other through the job search and settling-in process. She also learned of organizations dedicated to enabling women lawyers to return to practic- ing law that would open critical doors for her. Ultimately, Usen was selected for the presti- gious OnRamp Fellowship, which enabled her to spend a year practicing corporate law at the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP. As in the past, one of Usen's clients was impressed with her abilities and made her an offer. At the end of the fellowship, she joined The RMR Group, a Newton-based alternative asset manager, where today she serves as assis- tant general counsel. "I am truly grateful to everyone that helped me get here," Usen says. "I am where I've wanted to be." Cathy Taylor is a prime example. Like Usen, the Wellesley resident has an impressive resume — and a gap on her resume. After being out for eight years, Taylor, who loved corporate life, wanted back in. After participating in reacHIRE's Power Up Program™, Taylor landed a plum project-based assignment at Fidelity Investments. Grateful for the opportunity, Taylor rolled up her sleeves and enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to apply her talents in a new, technology-oriented set- ting. It was a good fit. Today, Taylor enjoys a full-time position at Fidelity and couldn't be happier. Does the model work? Taylor is one of 35 women that Fidelity Investments has hired through reacHIRE and Fidelity is one of 16 reacHIRE corporate partners. It appears the model is working. Swartz is clear, however, that her goal is not just to place women in great jobs; she wants to ensure that they thrive in their new positions. On that measure, it appears as if the model works. reacHIRE enjoys an impressive 88 percent retention rate among its partners. Cathy Taylor Fidelity Investments 136 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 business "they thrive in their new positions"

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