Career Relaunch Conference Review

We look back on two successful Career Relaunch conferences


The second annual Career Relaunch Conference, the conference for re-entry and professional repositioning, took place in January 2021 in a digital format. Zurich Cantonal Councilor, Carmen Walker Späh. and Sigrun Gudjonsdottir, Business Coach for female entrepreneurs, were the keynote speakers. The conference centered on presentations and workshops related to career re-entry. UBS, SBB, Johnson & Johnson and Salesforce presented their initiatives and programs.

Extract of the Career Relaunch Conference programme 2021

  • Back to Business-Programm SBB
  • Re-ignite return-to-work program, J&J
  • Career Comeback worldwide, UBS
  • Women Back to Work Programme, Salesforce Switzerland
  • WNextGen Professionals Program, Service Now
  • Job interviews: success
  • Part-time, Childcare and How to avoide the Parenthood Trap
  • Success Story – How to Relaunch your Career
  • Create long-term financial security


  • Corinne Kuhn, SBB
  • Sarah Swaney, Johnson & Johnson
  • Nish Chopra, UBS
  • Vanessa Gentile, Salesforce Switzerland
  • Catherine Pfaehler, cfd Christlicher Friedensdienst
  • Maciej Czerwinski & Nick Winham, Service Now
  • Dr. Mike Widmer, Aalto 
  • Patricia Widmer, Executive School of Management, Technology & Law

Over 200 participants,
10 % men - 90 % women
from 6 different countries

Part-time work, careers and returning to work

Zurich Goverment Council Member Carmen Walker Späh gave the welcome address at Career Relaunch 2021 (video in German)


Extract of the Career Relaunch Conference programme 2019

  • The re-entry into research programme: PSI Career Return Program
  • Company support for the development and implementation of returnship programmes: Professional Returnship Programme
  • The University of St. Gallen continuing education programme in management: Women Back to Business
  • Career Relaunch I: The City of Zurich Returnship
  • Career Relaunch II: The Novartis Returnship
  • A participant’s view of re-entry into the workforce: Credit Suisse Real Returns Program
  • Entry into the corporate world: UBS Career Comeback
  • The IKEA Returnship for individuals over 45
  • Age plays (doesn’t play) a roll: Internship for employed individuals (49+) in start-ups 
  • Recruiting: It can also work differently... Café Pro


  • Patricia Widmer, Executive School of Management, Technology & Law
  • Dr. oec. Simon Wey, Chefökonom Schweizerischer Arbeitgeberverband
  • Natalie Lerch-Pieper, Elena Marelli, Paul-Scherrer-Institut
  • Dr. Anina Hille & Evelin Bermudez, Hochschule Luzern
  • Anneke Ludwig & Sarah Lenz, Executive School of Management, Technology & Law
  • Simon Dinkel, Stadt Zürich & Evalotta Pettersson, Stadtspital Triemli
  • Judith Leuenberger & Magali Boeckem, Novartis
  • Rebecca Schraner & Rachel Roth-Huber, Credit Suisse
  • Nisha Chopra, UBS
  • Ina Rhöös, IKEA Schweiz
  • Bernadette Höller, Generationen-Expertin und Geschäftsführerin der Neustarter-Stiftung
  • Paola Falce, Co-Initiatorin und Präsidentin «Café Pro»
  • Bianca Kux, Coaching & Training