Back to Work
Three modules over three months, Back to Work is a specialized learning program for women who are returning to the labour market after an extended period of absence.
About the program
Participants gain practical insights on business culture, hiring practices, leadership and career goal-setting to increase confidence and resiliency. Knowledge exchange with field experts in human resources and senior executives assist participants with resume and professional profiling, building supportive networks and other employer readiness scenarios.
September - November 2020
$3,000* + HST
Professional women returning to work after more than an eighteen month absence.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when applications for the 2020 program open.
Program dates and details
Module 1: September 24-26 2019
- Business Primer Foundations
Program introduction and expectations; current, local, and global business trends and issues
- Tools, Technology & Social Media
Current communication and marketing tools, the impact of social media on career (LinkedIn), information technology developments and know-how
- Leadership & Working in Teams
The art of teamwork, effective planning and actions, motivating and managing performance
Soft skills differentiation realized through personal branding along with resume and LinkedIn profile development
Module 2: October 22-23 2019
- Employment Landscape
What to expect re-entering the workforce, resume development
- Communication & Presentation Skills
Refining communication, team- and consensus-building skills
Module 3: November 26-27 2019
- The Power of Influence & Career Strategies
How to effectively navigate your first 100 days in a new position
- Career Coaching
Successful interview strategies, peer coaching, effective job offer negotiations
- Career Management
The advantages of strategic network development, ongoing career management tools
- Strategic Thinking
Shaping strategic thinking, current trends and practices in leadership
Between Modules: Knowledge Exchange & Post-Program Peer Coaching Support
Modules are followed by two to three hours of program-related sessions with supporting organizations, including in-company group projects designed to exercise newly developed business skills. These opportunities enable participants 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. Attendees will also join peer-coaching groups to share their experiences, successes and to lend their support to fellow participants.
Who should attend
Applications will be accepted until the program is full. Early submissions are encouraged
Who Should Attend
To participate in the Back to Work Program, candidates must have:
- 3+ years professional work experience
- Been absent from the paid workforce for 1.5–8 years
- Proven business acumen and relationship-building skills
- University degree or College Diploma
- Flexibility, adaptability, self-starter with sound judgment and learning agility
- The ability to work independently with effective time management, and verbal and written communication skills
Eligible applicants will be invited for a 20-minute telephone interview. Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure suitability of participants. Admissions preference will be given to women with undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and professional designations.
Applicants are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. The application process will close once the program is full. If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of their completed application and fee deposit.
Faculty and Instructors
Donna Alexander >>
Sr. InStruct Program Manager, Global, LinkedIn
Ann Armstrong >>
Lecturer & Director, Social Enterprise Initiative
Beatrix Dart >>
Academic Director, Back to Work
Executive Director, Initiative for Women in Business
Professor, Strategic Management and Faculty-at-Large
Walid Hejazi >>
Associate Professor, International Business
Dorothy Lazovik >>
Founder & President, Authentic Leaders Edge
Ross Macpherson >>
President, Career Quest
Rocca Morra Hodge >>
Director, Career Services, Executive MBA Programs, Rotman School of Management
Kamara Toffolo >>
Julia Woods >>
Principal, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge
Anita Windisman >>
LinkedIn Consultant, Anita Windisman Consulting
Fees and payment
$3,000* + HST
- All program materials and supplies
- Completion certificate
- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks
A $500 deposit is required within two (2) weeks of receipt of offer. The balance is required 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days prior to the start of the Program, whichever is earliest.
Payments may be made online. Applicants will be directed to a secure online payment website after completing the form.
Rotman's Initiative for Women in Business participants and Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a 10% of discount. Cannot be applied simultaneously with any other fee reductions.
Please review our application policies for cancellation information.
Tax Information: Non-Work Related Training
If the Program is not being taken for employment reasons, any discounts are taxable benefits to the individual participant and should be included on the individual’s tax return.
The Back to Work program is generously supported by:
**Preferred location subject to availability | Sponsorship Subject to change