Diversity and Inclusion have become key initiatives at most companies across the US. Executives now know that a diverse workforce is not only a nice thing to have, but statistics show that it also makes for a more innovative and productive company. In fact, a study by the Boston Consulting Group showed that companies with a diverse leadership team deliver 19% higher revenues than those without. Successful businesses in the modern world are built through leveraging diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Making the choice to return to work after a hiatus is a tough decision. In fact, it is often more difficult than the decision to take time off in the first place. You’ve dedicated your time to taking care of your family while sacrificing income. And now your kids are older, more independent, and heading back to school.
Since its inception in 2015, Women Back to Work has been striving to provide women with a career gap a jumpstart in their relaunch journey. WBW tackles the complex task of workforce reentry through a multipronged approach, empowering women to return to work fully equipped with the requisite skills and confidence. With a huge uptake in the number of career relaunch programs, a feature that sets WBW apart from its counterparts is its weekly Power Hour.
A question that we are often asked by Returners is “How do I explain the gap on my resume?”
Taking a break from your career to care for loved ones, raise children, or for any other reason is more common than you think. So it’s important to remember that taking time off doesn’t mean the end of your career, you just need to find the right way to address it.
The following article first appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal
Editor's note: Our Community Impact Awards spotlight individuals and organizations making a real change here in Silicon Valley. This is one of the seven award winners this year.
Sonu Ratra knows firsthand the challenges women face when they return from a career break. The Akraya co-founder confronted those challenges when she left a lucrative job 17 years ago to spend time raising her daughter, Ananya. When she wanted to return to work, she hit a brick wall.
It’s been a busy quarter for the Women Back to Work team. We’ve been focused on implementing our Full Service Returnship at Cisco. The WBW Returnship is one of the most comprehensive and effective ways to engage talented women looking to return to the workforce.
In just a few weeks, a phenomenal group of returners with a background in Project/Program Management and Software Engineering will start their 16-week paid ‘Returnship’ at Cisco systems. These career hopefuls will spend their Returnship immersed in Cisco culture, working with seasoned employees, and learning the latest tools and platforms, all while being mentored by Cisco’s leadership.
At WBW we see many women come through our doors every week, each one with varying levels of work experience, and different reasons behind their hiatus. The thread of commonality that connects them all is their keen desire to get back to work. One such WBW is Anusha Ragothama Rao, with whom we connected in latter half of 2018.