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Back to Work Program

Begins September 24, 2014
This specialized program is for women who are returning to the labour market after an extended period of absence. It offers the professional advantage you need to re-enter the workplace with confidence. Through an engaging learning exchange, you will meet senior executives and potential employers, and re-establish your professional network.

3 modules (9.5 program days over 3 months), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participant Benefits

  • Get practical insights on how to be successful in the job market and set new goals for your career
  • Refresh your management, leadership and planning skills
  • Enhance your confidence
  • Gain a supportive and collaborative network
  • Meet potential employers and get re-acquainted with the work environment
  • Access career coaching and hiring professionals
  • Become familiar with new technology and online tools, their value and their use in the workplace today
  • Understand the current context, challenges and opportunities that business leaders are facing and the capabilities that help them respond effectively

The program will employ a variety of teaching methods, including one-to-one coaching. There are no exams or grades; the program will focus on supporting participants' individual needs and career journeys.

If you would like to know more about the Back to Work program you are welcome to register for our next information session.

Back to Work Information Session

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Rotman School of Management
105 St. George Street, Room 392
Toronto, ON

To Register please click here

Module 1:
September 24-26, 29-30, 2014

Business Primer


Introduce program and set expectations. What are current global business trends & issues?

Strategic Thinking

How do you shape your strategic thinking? What are current trends and practices in leadership?

Tools & Technology

What are the latest communication and marketing tools? How does social media factor in? What do you need to know about developments in information technology?

Employment Landscape

What should you expect as you re-enter the workforce? What will your resume look like?

Module 2:
October 29-30, 2014

Self-Awareness & Presentation Skills

Soft Skills

Discover more about your emotional intelligence through an Emotional Intelligence Quotient Inventory (EQITM) personal assessment. Learn how personal branding can make a difference.

Leadership and Working in Teams

Learn the art of teamwork. How do you get things done effectively, while motivating and managing people for top performance?


Refine your communication, team-building, and consensus-building skills.

Module 3:
November 25-27, 2014

The Power of Influence & Career Strategies

Power of Influence

Learn how to effectively "manage up" and become a voice of influence in your organization.

Career Coaching

What are successful interview strategies? Participate in peer coaching and learn how to effectively negotiate a job offer.

Social Media and Career Management

Learn about the advantages of strategic network development and the tools that can help you manage your career for the long term.

Between Modules:

Knowledge Exchange

After each module, you will attend two-to-three-hour long program-related sessions at TD and other supporting organizations and complete in-company group projects to exercise your business skills. These opportunities will give you a chance to reconnect with the corporate workplace, get to know potential employers, and speak to employees of the organizations. Dates and times will be announced early in the program so you can make arrangements to attend*.

Post-Program Support:

Peer Coaching

Participants will join peer coaching groups to share their experiences, their successes, and to lend their support to fellow participants.

Please note: program schedule and module content are subject to change.

You may qualify for the program if you have been out of the paid workforce for the past three to eight years and have three or more years of work experience.

To participate in the Back to Work Program, you must be someone who:

  • has proven business acumen and relationship-building skills
  • is a flexible, adaptable, self-starter with sound judgment and learning agility
  • has the ability to work independently, with effective time management and communication skills (verbal and written).

Admissions preference is given to women with undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and designations.

Program Fee

$2,250 +HST

Included in program fee*:

  • tuition
  • all program materials and supplies
  • completion certificate
  • class-day meals (breakfast, lunch and breaks)

TD and the Rotman School of Management are underwriting the cost of the program to lower tuition fees for participants. All accepted participants will qualify for one of four full scholarships, funded by TD. Preference will be given to those with prior experience in financial services. Scholarship recipients will be selected by TD and will be notified by email.

Notice of Acceptance

Admission to the program will be granted on a rolling basis following the application deadline. Applications will close once the program is full, so we encourage those who are interested to apply as soon as possible.

Deposit and Method of Payment

To confirm your seat in the program a $500 deposit is required within 2 weeks of receipt of the Notice of Acceptance.  The balance of the program fee is due 45 days prior to the start of the program. On-line payment is available. Online payment instructions will be provided with your letter of acceptance

Application Process

Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form.

Fee Reduction

Rotman Initiative for Women in Business graduates or Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a discount equivalent to 10% of the Program tuition. In addition, partner discounts are also offered for some programs. Where program applicants are eligible for more than one fee reduction, only the greater discount will be applied towards the tuition fee. Discounts are not redeemable for cash.


Please review the full version of our application policies for cancellation procedures and policy.


For participants interested in staying close to the school, accommodation at a special rate is available at the Park Hyatt. To find out more and to book your accommodation call Abhijeet Maskeri at Park Hyatt on 416.324.1562.

Application for Admission

Apply Now Back to Work Program


Applications for the 2014 cohort for the Back to Work program are now being accepted.  Please note that the Back to Work Program operates on a rolling admission.  As such applicants are encouraged to apply early as when registration is full applications will no longer be accepted.

Alice Longhurst
Manager, Business Development
Tel: 416.978.5036
Fax: 416.978.5549



HRPA Recertification Seal

This program has been approved for 48 continuing professional development hours under section A of the continuing Professional Development log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPATM)



TD Bank Group Logo

TD Bank Group has provided financial support and industry expertise for the development of this program.

Supporting Organizations
Microsoft Canada
Xerox Canada Ltd.

In-Kind Supporters
Kids & Company

Back to Work: Classroom Experience

Instructor Simon Ashbourne describes the program participants and classroom experience in the Back to Work program.