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Aug. 20 - New Program Launched in Georgia to Help Women Returning to Work

Category: Workforce Development

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report
 
August 20, 2018 - Atlanta is the first city for The Women's Work Initiative that connects local corporations such as Georgia-Pacific with women returning to work. The Atlanta Women's Work Initiative (AWWI), a public-private venture, will connect 50 local women returning to work with the city’s leading employers. 
 
The first-of-its-kind program will create opportunities for women returning to careers in technology and business and serve as a model for cities across the country also interested in improving female workforce participation and economic growth.
 
The program will identify women ready to re-enter the workforce and connect them with opportunities that range from six month projects to permanent positions aligned with the hiring needs of participating employers.
 
AWWI business partners include many of Georgia's largest employers including Georgia-Pacific, Invesco, AT&T Prepaid Portfolio (which includes Cricket Wireless), and Voya Financial.
 
"The AWWI embodies the inclusive spirit of our vision for One Atlanta, a world-class city where no one is left behind," said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, referring to the recently-created Mayor's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. "As a working mom myself, I am grateful for the great companies that understand the critical need for equity in employment, especially for those women who are re-entering the workplace."
 
Gender equality and female participation in the workforce is an economic boon for America's cities. In Atlanta, advancing gender equality is worth approximately $41 billion in gross domestic product, with $14 billion attributable to women's workforce participation, according to research by the McKinsey Global Institute.
 
"This is vital to attracting and retaining top female talent," said Christian Fischer, CEO and president of Georgia-Pacific. " Georgia-Pacific is proud to support The Atlanta Women's Work Initiative in identifying what matters most to women returning to work so positive strides are made in workforce participation."
 
The initiative is designed and managed by The Mom Project and its sponsor, Atlanta-based Engage Ventures, with support from the Atlanta Committee for Progress. Additional corporate partners are still being accepted for the initiative. Please contact CEO of The Mom Project, Allison Robinson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are a professional looking to re-enter the workplace and are interested in participating in the program, please visit https://learn.themomproject.com/awwi/ to learn more.
 
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