CIBC marks the fourth year of sponsorship, which helps women re-engage
TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) - After taking
time out to pursue other activities, 15 women are now set to restart
their careers and successfully re-enter the workforce thanks to ReConnect: Career Renewal for Returning Professional Women™.
ReConnect is the first program of its kind in Canada designed for
professional women who want to return to the workforce after an
"Women looking to return to the workforce after a period of time off can
face a number of challenges," said Jacqueline Moss, Executive
Vice-President, Human Resources, CIBC. "ReConnect provides an
empowering learning experience and opportunity that builds on past
accomplishments and personal strengths to help successfully re-launch
CIBC invested $1 million in the immersion program delivered by the
Richard Ivey School of Business. It is ideal for women who have a
post-secondary education and possess professional experience at a
managerial or executive level in a range of fields, such as business,
law, finance, accounting or not-for-profit.
This year's participants spent five days this past October at the Ivey
campus in London, Ontario, renewing critical business knowledge,
leadership and technical skills, as well as building their peer
network. They now join 50 past graduates who have left the program
re-energized, with a personal action plan to embark on an executive job
search. Their accomplishment was celebrated at a graduation ceremony in
Toronto on November 7.
"ReConnect has sharpened my focus on my return to the workplace," said
2011 graduate, Wunmi Ajayi, who joined the program after taking time
off from her financial services career to move to Canada. "The program
had a positive influence in strengthening my leadership, strategic
thinking, and work-life balance skills. As a newcomer to Canada, the
connections I made with other participants will provide me with a
strong network as I embark on a new career search."
Next year's program will begin on October 1, 2012.
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11
million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range
of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking
network, branches and offices across Canada, and has offices in the
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