Women are often faced with choices that may pull them out of the workforce for varying lengths of time (seemingly more so than their male counterparts). Maternity leave, elder care, or a partner’s career opportunity, relocation.
If professionals are out of the workforce for an extended amount of time, re-entering can seem daunting or down right impossible. It shouldn’t be that way and Booz Allen offers a solution through our engagement with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and iRelaunch’s STEM Task Force, of which Booz Allen is a founding member.
The goal? Getting women with STEM skills back in the workforce after gap years. It’s a cause taken up by many leading companies including IBM, General Motors and nearly 60 others worldwide.
“What those women may not know is how much we need them,” says Holly Rollins a senior cybersecurity director who spearheads Booz Allen’s participation in the iRelaunch program. “These are incredibly talented, skilled women, and yes, it’s great that we’re helping them restart their careers. But Booz Allen benefits from this program, too. Competition for talented employees is fierce, and we feel we’ve got the inside track to a pool of talented, smart women.”