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Dress For Success Toronto and the Initiative for Women in Business at the Rotman School of Management Partner to Help Women Re-enter Workforce

Toronto - Dress for Success Toronto and the Initiative for Women in Business at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have proudly partnered to support women returning to the labour market.Back to Work Digitalis a specialized online learning program focused on job search and networking skills development. There will be an annual offering of the program, starting in January 2023, with ten spots for participants subsidized by Dress for Success Toronto in each offering over a three-year commitment.


“We aim to provide participants with a competitive advantage in the development of immersive job search skills,” said Dr. Beatrix Dart, Academic Director of Back to Work Digital and the Executive Director of the Initiative for Women in Business at the Rotman School. “This program will increase each participant’s confidence level and give them a better sense of career direction.”


Program highlights include:


• Behavioural interviewing and salary negotiations

• Leading practices for resumes on LinkedIn profiles 

• Executive Coaching on networking and career management


Eligible applicants must have a minimum of five years’ work experience, have been out of the paid workforce for six months or longer and possess undergraduate or advanced degrees. Included in the course curriculum is an onsite Boutique Experience Day hosted by Dress for Success Toronto. Participants will access professional attire for interviews and a professional head shot for LinkedIn profiles.

“Our partnership with Rotman beautifully complements and elevates the way we serve our community. Many of the women we meet are highly skilled, motivated, and ready to get back to work - an overwhelming goal to navigate alone after being out of the paid workforce. This program offers our clients the time and encouragement to build the skills, networks, and knowledge of the current labour market to step back into their careers with confidence and optimism,” said Harriet Goodman, DFS Toronto Board Chair.


For more information on the program, visit the Rotman online application:


About Dress for Success Toronto 

Dress for Success Toronto® is a local affiliate of an international not-for-profit organization with a mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Since 2009, Dress for Success Toronto has helped over 15,000 women in the GTA transition from unemployment to economic independence through their professional suiting and career development programs. We work with agency partners, corporate sponsors, individual donors, and over 300 dedicated volunteers to create a real impact on women’s lives.


About the Rotman Initiative for Women in Business
The Rotman School of Management remains the only business school in Canada to have an Initiative dedicated to strengthening the female talent pipeline. From the classroom to the boardroom, the Rotman Initiative provides leadership development opportunities, new ways of thinking and vital connections with like-minded professionals.  For more information about the Back to Work program, visit


About the Rotman School of Management
The Rotman School of Management is part of the University of Toronto, a global centre of research and teaching excellence at the heart of Canada’s commercial capital. Rotman is a catalyst for transformative learning, insights and public engagement, bringing together diverse views and initiatives around a defining purpose: to create value for business and society.
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For more information:


Karine Picard Director

Marketing & Strategic Partnerships

Dress for Success Toronto

416-901-6022 ex. 5023


Ken McGuffin

Manager, Media Relations

Rotman School of Management