Jennifer Gefsky is Co-Founder & CEO of Après, a digital recruiting platform that connects women looking to return to or transition within the workforce with companies seeking talent and diversity, which launched in May 2016. Along with her Co-Founder, Niccole Kroll, Jennifer saw from personal experience that there was no place for women to turn when they are ready to return to their careers after a career break. At the same time, there was no effective tool for companies who wanted to move the needle on gender diversity and efficiently recruit from this untapped pool of talent.
Jennifer and Niccole spent almost one year conducting focus groups and speaking with hundreds of women in this demographic to see how they could help. Après was born out of this collective insight and launched on May 4, 2016 to great acclaim. At launch, Fast Company called Après "The LinkedIn for Women Who Have Taken a Career Break," while New York Magazine called it "the career site to combat the motherhood penalty."
Après features curated job listings, original content, tutorials, inspiring stories of women who have successfully made the transition back to the workforce, vetted career coaches, and an online community where members can connect with others going through the same experience, whether they are thinking about opting back in or are looking to strike out on their own as an entrepreneur. At less than six months old, Après has 16K+ members from all 50 states who are well-educated with 55% holding graduate degrees. Jennifer also hosts Après’ podcast, The After Show, in which she interviews influencers, authors and company executives.
Après has over 75 corporate partners on the platform, including JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Fidelity, Major League Baseball, Microsoft, AT&T, Sirius XM, The Carlyle Group, HubSpot, Aflac, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and many more.
Since its launch, Après has been widely recognized in the press for its inspired, relevant mission. From The New York Times to The Washington Post, Vogue to Real Simple, and CNN International to Fox Business Network, Jennifer is often interviewed for her perspective as a woman who recognized the challenge women face when they want to return to the workforce and as an entrepreneur who decided to do something about it.
Prior to launching Après, Jennifer has always believed in the importance of women having their own financial security and has worked since she was 11 years old. She paid her own way through college and law school. After graduating, she became an Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City, where she practiced labor and employment law and was placed in the firm’s prestigious sports practice. Jennifer then went to Major League Baseball as Deputy General Counsel. At age 30, she was recognized as a “40 Under 40 rising star” by Crain’s New York Business.and ultimately became the highest-ranking woman on the “baseball” side of the business as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.
After almost a decade at MLB, Jennifer “retired” to raise her three children . . . until she and Niccole Kroll came up with the idea for Après. She and her family live in Chappaqua, NY.