Creating Pathways to Return and Retain Women in the Workplace

  • Room: Oceanside E
  • Session Number: WH2A
Tuesday, September 13, 2022: 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM


Khady Gaye
HR manager
United Airlines
Jess Von Bank
Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy
Mercer I Leapgen
Mackenzie Wilson
Senior Research Analyst
Deloitte Consulting, LLP


Millions of women left the paid workforce during the two years that marked the height of the pandemic. Their exodus has significantly impacted gender equity programs and female representation in leadership positions. A career break shouldn’t be a career breaker; however, traditional recruiting methods and technologies aren’t designed to accommodate gaps in work history. In this session, we’ll discuss how to design returnship pathways that ensure flexible employment for this valuable talent pool as well as relevant opportunities for women who are ready to rejoin the workforce.


Learning Objectives

1) How bias blocks many women from advancing in the workplace, especially after a career break.
2) Why the skills gained during career gaps can be important to organizations
3) How returnship programs can enable women to reconnect with the workplace