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Addie Swartz

CEO at reacHIRE

Staffing and Recruiting

Boston, MA, USA


As the CEO of reacHIRE, Addie Swartz is committed to changing the trajectory for women at work. reacHIRE works with Fortune 500 companies and talent innovators to drive higher engagement and lower attrition of women at all ages and stages of their careers.

reacHIRE offers the most comprehensive return-to-work programs in the country, and has developed Aurora, a digital platform designed to help companies meaningfully engage and retain women early in their careers.

Prior to founding reacHIRE, Addie founded two companies: Beacon Street Girls, which sold over 1MM books providing positive role models for ‘tween girls (sold publishing rights to Simon &
Schuster); and BrightIdeas, which was acquired by Pearson Education.

She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc., Working Woman Magazine, Child Magazine, Working Mother, Good Morning America, NPR and MSNBC.

Addie is a graduate of Stanford University, and received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She’s also the proud mom of two daughters.


Addie has founded three companies in her life, all of which have had a significant social impact. The Beacon Street Girls was helped pre-teen girls to have a stronger self-image. BrightIdeas worked to create a healthier life by bringing education to a child's fingertips. Finally, reacHIRE goes even further by creating a positive impact on both sides of the table — for participating companies and women.

I am willing to travel

More than 100 miles

When it comes to payments

I speak for the exposure for myself and my company


entrepreneurship women in business diversity in the workplace returning to work sales startup strategy venture capital social enterprise serial entrepreneur wage gap working women strategic partnership new business brand development new product return to work woman owned business

Origin Story

Addie's interest in being an entrepreneur began when she was young. At the age of 14, she started an apple pie business to fund a class trip to Spain. Addie made 10 pies a day during the week and 12 pies a day on the weekends, then delivered them to restaurants. With this initial success – her name was featured on restaurant menus as 'Addie's Apple Pie' — kindled her entrepreneurial spirit.

Example talks

Cracking the Code: Proven Strategies for Successfully Returning to Work

Participants will learn the components of a strong back-to-work strategy and will take home key tools to advance their own journey back into the workforce.