The iRelaunch Employer (Virtual) Speaker Series: "Building the Best Employer Return to Work Programs"

Session Ten -"Managing a Return to Work Program Through Organizational Change: Mergers, Spin-offs and Covid"

October 20, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

with Shanda Hinton
Global Diversity & Inclusion Executive
Raytheon Technologies

Shanda Hinton led six cohorts of the Raytheon Technologies (RTX) Re-Empower program through three years of significant company reorganization, including United Technologies (UTC) $23 B acquisition of Rockwell Collins, the spin-offs of the Otis and Carrier businesses of UTC, followed by the $135B merger of UTC and Raytheon to create Raytheon Technologies, one of the largest companies in aerospace and defense. The merger finalized two weeks after the Covid-induced work from home transition. The first cohort of the newly combined RTX Re-Empower Program started mid-September and will run until December 23rd. Shanda will talk to us about how she managed Re-Empower through all of this corporate transition.

UTC was a 2017 member of the Society of Women Engineers/iRelaunch STEM Reentry Task Force, running the first six cohorts of Re-Empower in 2018 and 2019. As a close partner with UTC, iRelaunch's multiple roles included delivering recruiter and manager training, the opening orientation session for each cohort, and the cohort coaching sessions at the mid and endpoint of the program. iRelaunch continues its partnership with RTX on the refreshed Re-Empower program, which is the result of the newly combined UTC Re-Empower program and the Raytheon ReLaunch program which started in 2018 when Raytheon joined the STEM Reentry Task Force.


Shanda Hinton

Global Diversity & Inclusion Executive

Raytheon Technologies


Shanda Hinton is a Global Diversity & Inclusion Executive at Raytheon Technologies. In her role, Shanda works across the enterprise to develop and deploy talent attraction, development, and engagement strategies and programs in support of advancing Raytheon Technologies’ business and inclusive, diverse workforce.

Shanda has 20 years of human resources experience and has expertise in talent management, talent acquisition, coaching, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and strategic planning. Prior to Raytheon Technologies, Shanda was a Client Advisor with Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm, and led Talent Management and Diversity for a cable division of Comcast NBCUniversal, one of the nation’s leading telecommunications and entertainment companies. Shanda started her career in human resources at CIGNA Corporation where she led efforts in university recruiting and hi-potential leadership development.

In 2017, Shanda led the design and launch of the Re-Empower Program, a program designed to support experienced professionals rebuild and restart their careers with the goal of transitioning into full-time roles across Raytheon Technologies. The Re-Empower Program is now considered a premier program in the re-entry space having received recognition both nationally and locally for its ability to position leaders to accelerate their onboarding, performance, contributions and the overall re-launch of their careers.

Shanda earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Communications from Eastern Connecticut. Shanda is a graduate of Raytheon Technologies’ Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business and is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation.

About the iRelaunch Employer (Virtual) Speaker Series:

Our “Building the Best Employer Return to Work Programs” (Virtual) Speaker Series is for you, our employers looking beyond the health crisis and beyond the economic downturn, to build the talent pipelines that will fuel future hiring.

Our series brings you leaders from across industry sectors - expert practitioners who built and run the top return to work programs - continuing the success we have had with our four prior iRelaunch “Critical Issues in Return to Work Programming” in-person events.

Join our iRelaunch Employer Community to learn from employers with the top return to work programs and meet peer program managers and executive champions. Submit your interest in attending by filling out the form in the link below. Approved inquiries will receive the link to participate.

"I love these sessions! Very good information and I appreciate the openness of [the guest speaker's] challenges and how they overcame them....the constant reminder that these are not your average new candidates, they are unique and need to be treated as such. Love it. "

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Who Should Attend?

Employer representatives who:

- run return-to-work programs and want to learn about other employer programs

- have piloted return to work programs and are now expanding them

- are considering launching a return to work program

- are interested in learning more about this talent pool and want to recruit relaunchers but not necessarily through a formal program

Interested in Attending?

Please click here and fill out the form to tell us more about yourself and your role within your employer. We will follow up with the link.


Frequently Asked Questions

No. If you filled out our form and were approved to attend the a previous session, you do not need to fill out the form again. You will automatically receive a link to subsequent sessions. 

We will broadcast this through Zoom webinar and sessions will be live only. Links to the Zoom webinar will be unique to each approved attendee. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to give your link to someone else. 

Yes. Please submit your questions on the sign-up form or send them to us at [email protected]

Unlike the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, this is not a recruiting event. This is a special series only for employers.

Definitely. The Series is designed to provide the most up-to-date information about building and scaling programs.

Yes. Whether or not you are developing a formal program for relaunchers, you will benefit from the discussion about the demographic and what has worked to successfully onboard them.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

"Great to learn about how other companies have had success with this program. It has provided us with a lot of ideas and leverage as we build out our program. "

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Previous Sessions: Speakers and Topics

Jennifer Howland, Managing Director, iRelaunch

“Building and Scaling a Return to Work Program”

Liz Markus, Director, Johnson & Johnson Re-Ignite

"The Role of the Program Manager”

Carol Fishman Cohen, Chair and Co-founder, iRelaunch

COVID-19 Return to Work Report and Scripts & Dialogues™ for Employers

Lucida Plummer, Global Head of Diversity, Asset and Wealth Management, J.P. Morgan

"The Virtual Launch of a Return to Work Cohort: What We've Learned at the JPMC ReEntry Program"

Phillip Anderson, Executive Director, DTCC

"The Business Case for a Return to Work Program"

Pauline Ashworth, Human Resources Director - Commercial Bank, Shared Services and Technology, TD Bank

"TD Bank Career Relaunch 2020 - Launching a pilot return to work program during COVID"

Laura Smith, Senior Advisor for Diversity Talent Acquisition, Dell Technologies

"Dell ReStart: Explaining the 'Direct Hire' Reentry Program Model"

Audrey Van Belleghem, Business Lead, Facebook

"How to Operate a Successful Return to Work Program Remotely: From Interviews to Graduation"

Kathy Simonis, Head of Diversity & Inclusion - Americas, Macquarie Group

"Switching from a 'Returnship' to a 'Direct-hire' Based Return to Work Program Model"



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Please express your interest in attending the iRelaunch Employer (Virtual) Speaker Series. To ensure corporate representatives who are running, expanding, piloting or contemplating return to work programs in their organization get first priority on admission to the Series, please submit your interest in attending on this form.  Approved inquiries will receive an invitation to join our session.