The Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership (GCWL) is facilitating the Breakthrough training programme for women aspiring to rebuild and strengthen their careers post maternity. The training, to be conducted in three phases from August to October 2018, will offer a comprehensive training and learning experience for women aiming to chart a successful career trajectory post maternity. Phase 1 of the training for Returning Mothers was successfully concluded on August 9th, 2018. Phase 1 for Working Mothers is scheduled for August 31st and September 1st, 2018 (Nominations currently open).

The training follows through from research findings of GCWL’s qualitative study on lived experiences of maternity and career among women and their return to workforce. The findings were presented in the report, Predicament of Returning Mothers.The insights in the study were arrived at through an investigation of the complex network of individual, family, social, and workplace factors that force women to leave the workforce post pregnancy and childbirth. The study also assessed initiatives taken both by the government and corporates at several levels from mentorship to maternity management programmes.

Training Agenda - Returning Mothers | Working Mothers

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Breakthrough is designed as a comprehensive training model targeted at returning and working mothers from corporate and development sector. The training offers customised sessions for each cohort that have been created based on the needs analysis conducted by GCWL. The insights from the research have been used to design a programmatic intervention to support & empower returning and working mothers at workplaces.

Considering the significance of experience sharing, peer learning, and role models, the training is designed to facilitate interactions and engagement among the two cohorts. Broadly, the training facilitates women to chart a career trajectory through mapping their journeys and provides them with skills and tools to re-join the workforce and have an impactful workspace presence.

The training will be conducted in a phased manner over a period of three months. Between the three phases, participants would be kept engaged through assignments and structured check-ins. All the participating women will have seven days of one-on-one training.