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Back to Work Campus

Three modules over three months, Back to Work Campus 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.

Program Dates

September - November 2020

Program fee

$3,000* + HST

Participant Profile

Professional women returning to work after more than an eighteen month absence.

Program dates and details

Module 1: September 16-18 2020

  • 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
  • Self-Awareness
    Soft skills differentiation realized through personal branding along with resume and LinkedIn profile development

Module 2: October 14-15 2020

  • Employment Landscape
    What to expect re-entering the workforce, resume development
  • Communication & Presentation Skills
    Refining communication, team- and consensus-building skills

Module 3: November 24-25 2020

  • 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, including group projects designed to exercise newly developed 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

Application Deadline:

Rolling admission.

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:

  • 5+ years professional work experience
  • Been absent from the paid workforce for more than 6 months
  • 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

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be invited for a 20-minute in-person or online video 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.

Participant Notification

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 request for an interview within 10 days of their completed application.   

Faculty and Instructors

Donna Alexander >>
Sr. InStruct Program Manager, Global, LinkedIn

Ann Armstrong

Ann Armstrong >>
Lecturer & Director, Social Enterprise Initiative

Beatrix DartBeatrix Dart >>
Academic Director, Back to Work
Executive Director, Initiative for Women in Business
Professor, Strategic Management and Faculty-at-Large

Walid Hejazi

Walid Hejazi >>
Associate Professor, International Business


Dorothy Lazovik

Dorothy Lazovik >>
Founder & President, Authentic Leaders Edge

Rocca Morra Hodge >>
Director, Career Services, Executive MBA Programs, Rotman School of Management


Photo of Julia Woods Julia Woods >>
Principal, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge

Photo of Anita Windisman Anita Windisman >>
LinkedIn Consultant, Anita Windisman Consulting

Fees and payment

Program Fee

$3,000* + HST


  • Tuition
  • All program materials and supplies
  • Completion certificate


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.

Alumni Discount

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.

Testimonial from Anjalee Budhan on the Back to Work program:

The Back to Work program is generously supported by:


TD Bank


Peer Coaching Facilitation Services provided by LHH Knightsbridge

Sponsorship Subject to change

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Initiative for Women in Business
Rotman School of Management


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The Back to Work Program has been approved for 49 continuing professional development hours under section A of the continuing Professional Development Log of the Human Resources Professionals Associations (HRPA™)

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