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Back to Work Digital

Back to Work is a specialized learning program for women who are returning to the labour market after an extended period of absence.

The program is delivered online with both instructor led and self-directed learning as well as personal coaching. This program is for individuals who prefer a convenient and flexible learning schedule

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 (from TD, EllisDon, Accenture, Medtronic, RBC, Loblaw Companies Limited and KraftHeinz) in human resources and senior executives assist participants with resume and professional profiling, building supportive networks and other employer readiness scenarios. There will be a mentorship program with TD.

Program Dates

January - March 2021
Full schedule below

Program fee

$3,000* + HST

Participant profile

Professional women returning to work after more than a six month absence.

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Applications for Back to Work Digital 2021 are now open.

Program dates and details

    The program schedule includes:

  • Instructor lead webinars (90 minutes) over 7 Modules on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 or 1:30pm* – 3pm (EST) 
  • Check in at 11am (EST) over 7 Modules on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • 5 - 10 hours per week of self-paced online study, including program deliverables
  • Multiple group project assignments
  • Online peer coaching
  • One-on-one coaching online by appointment only
  • Networking opportunities with peers, alumni, and recruiters
  • * Start time depends on topic and format of session

    *Note: This table has been updated with the January-March 2021 dates.
    Dates Themes


    • Pre-Program: January 6, 2021

    • Preprogram Networking Session
    • Week 1: January 12 - 13, 2021

    • Welcome and Program Overview
    • Current Trends & Social Issues
    • Week 2: January 19 - 22, 2021

    • Communicating Your Value
    • Presenting Online
    • *Employment Landscape Panel Discussion
    • Week 3: January 26 - 28, 2021

    • Participant Check-Ins
    • Resume Building
    • *Employer Info Sessions
    • Week 4: February 2 - 5, 2021

    • Your Personal Brand Redefined
    • Working in Teams
    • *Employer Info Sessions
    • Week 5: February 9 - 10, 2021

    • Conducting Informational Interviews
    • LinkedIn Profile & Use
    • Week 6: February 17 - 18, 2021

    • Group Project - Presentations
    • Behavioral Interviewing
    • *Networking with Sponsor Organizations
    • Week 7: February 23 - 24, 2021

    • Salary Negotiations
    • Best Self, Resiliency, Reciprocity Ring, Wrap Up
    • Post-Program: March – May/June 2021

    • Facilitated Peer-Coaching Sessions
    • *Networking with Sponsor Organizations

    Between Modules: Knowledge Exchange & Post-Program Peer Coaching Support

    Between each week, there will be 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 are subject to change. 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

Academic Director, Dr. Beatrix Dart, professor of strategy at the Rotman School of Management and Executive Director of the Initiative for Women in Business has developed this program with the insights of 10 years of delivering the Back to Work Campus program.

Other instructors are industry experts bringing their knowledge of the hidden job market and specific tools to gain access to you.

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

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Career Transition Consultant, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge


Photo of Maja Djikic Maja Djikic >>
Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management
Director, Self-Development Lab


Photo of Christina Greenberg Christina Greenberg >>
President and Founder, Scala Network


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


Photo of Meena Kaila Meena Kaila >>
Senior Career Consultant, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge


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Founder & President, Authentic Leaders Edge


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


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Principal, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge

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.

Technical requirements

Technical Requirements

This program will be delivered over Zoom and requires access to this platform. This program requires:

Testimonial from Anjalee Budhan on the Back to Work program:

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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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