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Breakthrough training programme helps returning, working mothers to re-enter workplaces

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018

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The final phase of Breakthrough training programme for returning and working mothers culminated at Ashoka University’s Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership (GCWL). The two-day training conducted in Gurugram focused on managing power and influences at workplace, building networks for career growth and navigating difficult conversations at home and work through the reintegration process

This year, as many as 45 women participated in the programme. 

Harpreet Kaur, director, Genpact Centre for Women's Leadership (GCWL), said “Dropout among women due to maternity and childcare is one of the manifestations of a woman’s unequal world. The Breakthrough programme provides women the skills to effectively navigate these interdependent demographic, cultural, economic, and social factors that make maternity an exit gate for women. With a mix of experts on subjects discussed, participatory methodology, and peer learning, the programme offers an enabling environment where women’s own worth, shared value, and contribution to economy is realised.”

The trainings, conducted over three phases from August to November, have been designed to equip the participants with specific skillsets that are mastering key leadership behaviours and skillsets that propel participants towards the C-Suite career track, assess and re-engineer existing support systems for improved work-life balance, navigating professional hurdles through mentoring opportunities, and navigating tough conversations.

As part of Phase 3, GCWL has engaged subject matter experts and industry professional to facilitate different components of the training and offer mentorship through experience sharing.

The Breakthrough training programme follows through from the research findings of GCWL’s study presented in the report, Predicament of Returning Mothers, in April 2018. The report documents lived experiences of maternity and career among women and their return to the workforce across the corporate, media, and development sectors. The training would help women manage the complex network of individual, family, social, and workplace factors that force women to leave the workforce post pregnancy and childbirth.

Gurpreet Nazareth, one of the participants, said “This initiative by GCWL will motivate a lot of women who have taken a career break to return to work. The course content has inspired me to take a step forward and get out of my comfort zone after 11 years.”

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