Last year, the Williams College of Business created Back to Business, a professional development program designed specifically for women who want to return to the workplace. The 12-day program is returning in February to guide another group of 25 women ready to return to work.
The program dates are Feb. 9-12, Feb. 16-19 and Feb. 23-26 from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day at Xavier’s Deerfield campus, 4770 Duke Drive in Mason.
The program targets professional women who may never lose their skills but know that a prolonged absence can create a difficult environment when they decide to return to their careers.The program immerses women in an intensive learning environment with strong leadership, career development and transition components. It refreshes skills and develops assurance to deal with key business concepts that have emerged during their time away. It also provides an environment in which women can network with high-potential peers with similar backgrounds, career aspirations and work/life challenges.
Back to Business includes classroom and break-out group sessions on leading-edge topics of current managerial concern, and it offers sessions oriented toward career planning and career reentry.
The program is designed for women with a master’s degree who have strong aspirations to return to the corporate workforce, or who have a bachelor’s degree with work experience in a high-potential career and who can commit to the entire program.
“The Back to Business program was a wonderful opportunity to get my feet wet while trying to transition back into the work force,” says Shelley Goering of Indian Hill, who attended the first session last year. “It has proved to be a great source for both networking and knowledge. It was really exciting to be a part of the first class.”
Michelle Beckham Corbin of Anderson Township had earned a bachelor’s in psychology and an MBA from Xavier. After spending 15 years with Procter & Gamble, she took time off to raise children and volunteer for non-profits.
“Back to Business gave me the confidence to know I could return to the traditional business world despite an eight-year absence,” Corbin says.
The total cost to attend is $1,600 per person and covers all materials and catered lunches each day. Back to Business instructors are faculty members from the Williams College of Business and the Xavier Leadership Center. For more information or to request an application, call Cheryl Wilson at 513-745-4213, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.xavier.edu/backtobusiness to download an application.