Virtual, Employer-Provided Platform Supports Women’s Milestone Moments in a Hybrid Work Setting

CONCORD, MA — June 28, 2021  – Committed to helping companies support professional women at pivotal milestone moments in their careers, reacHIRE today announced partnerships with a diverse group of national experts who will bring their real-world experiences, perspectives, and content to the virtual Aurora Platform tracks for Multicultural Women, Early-Career Women, Mid-Career Women and Women on the Maternity Journey.


The reacHIRE Aurora Platform features a unique, virtual curriculum that squarely addresses the high-stakes moments where women tend to leave the workforce either because they cannot see a path forward or they hit deeply entrenched corporate stumbling blocks. Unlike other digital platforms available for women, Aurora is provided by employers to cohorts of women concurrently and consecutively to foster community, networking and collaboration.


Leveraging small-group virtual formats, 1:1 connects and a robust learning curriculum all led by an expert executive Guide, the Aurora Platform helps participants navigate career challenges together while providing employers with a scalable, team-based talent development platform proven to help women feel more committed to their companies, and more in control of their career success. 


“The new world of hybrid work brought into full view the  circumstances and pressures that have existed for women in the workplace for far too long,” said Addie Swartz, CEO of reacHIRE. “Even before the Covid pandemic, only a small subset of women received professional development and support in a way that met them where they are in their career journey. . Aurora is the first employer-provided virtual platform with a focus on milestone moments that addresses the challenges and isolation women face today, delivering  a proven  impact on employee retention, confidence and engagement.”


Collaborating Aurora Platform Experts and their areas of expertise include:


INTERSECTIONALITY AND AUTHENTICITY — Dr. Marla Baskerville and Dr. Lex Washington.  Dr. Baskerville is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s Department of Management and Organizational Development. She has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Tulane University and has published research in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Research in Organizational Behavior and other leading academic publications. Dr. Washington is an Assistant Professor of Management and Senior Inclusion Officer at Oklahoma State University, Spears School of Business. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Tulane and has published research in the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Academy of Management Journal.


NEGOTIATION AND WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP — Dr. Deborah M. Kolb is a foremost authority in the fields of negotiation, leadership, and gender. She is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women in Leadership (Emerita) and co-founder of the Ford Foundation funded Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons College School of Management. Dr. Kolb was the Former Executive Director and is currently Co-Director of the Negotiations in the Workplace Project at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.   She is a strategic advisor and mentor to many of today’s most successful executive women.  Her books on gender and negotiation including The Shadow Negotiation: How Women Can Master the Hidden Agendas of Bargaining Success and Negotiating at Work:  Turn Small Wins into Big Gains have received numerous awards for their contributions to the fields of negotiation and leadership.  


MATERNITY JOURNEY— Dr. Jamie Ladge is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization Development in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Exeter Business School in Exeter, England. Dr Ladge is primarily known for her research exploring the intersection of work and family, stigmatized social identities, and career equality, gender and diversity issues in organizations. Her work has been published in several top academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Journal of Applied Psychology. She is the co-author of Maternal Optimism: Forging Positive Paths through Work and Motherhood and her research frequently appears in Harvard Business Review, among many other practitioner outlets.


MEN AS ALLIES — Dr. Brad Johnson and Dr. David Smith. Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Psychology, Dept. of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy. He is an award-winning mentor at the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Association and is co-author of Good Guys and Athena Rising. Dr. David Smith is an Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Leadership and Ethics at the United States Naval War College. He is an esteemed global speaker on mentorship and cross-gender workplace relationships and is co-author of Good Guys and Athena Rising.


To learn more about the virtual Aurora Platform and request a demo, visit


About reacHIRE


reacHIRE partners with companies to create opportunities for women at all ages and stages of their careers. From Return-to-Work programs with industry leaders including Fidelity, Wayfair and T-Mobile to the Aurora platform designed to help women thrive and rise, reacHIRE is committed to finding and fueling the potential in professional women and improving the gender talent pipeline for corporations. For more information about reacHIRE and its programs for strengthening and building the talent pipeline of future women leaders, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn @reacHIRE.


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Ellen Oliver