EmpowerHer: A Returnship Program for Women Re-Entering the Workforce

Empowering Women Returning to the Workforce


EmpowerHer: A Returnship Program for Women Re-Entering the Workforce, is being offered as a comprehensive workshop series presented by The WICT Network with Exclusive Presenting Sponsor, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Industry Partner, The Walter Kaitz Foundation

The inaugural Returnship program could be just the right opportunity you have been seeking to help redefine your career path and step confidently into a rapidly evolving industry and workforce. You will be part of an immersive experience designed to empower women like you, returning to the workforce after an extended career break. Through a curated blend of virtual and in-person sessions, you will gain invaluable insights into shifting corporate cultures, hone critical personal and interpersonal skills and forge meaningful connections to support your return-to-work journey.

Join us to embark upon a journey that is designed to reignite your career and unlock new possibilities for your career success.  

**Deadline for Applications Extended to Thursday, May 2**

2024 Program Information

How to Apply: Interested individuals can apply by completing the application form available here. Applications are due Thursday, May 2, by 1:00 pm ET. For inquiries, please contact Jessa Cooke by email at jcooke@wict.org.

Participant Selection: All applications received by the deadline of Thursday, May 2, will undergo a review by our selection committee. Each application will be carefully evaluated based on the applicant’s qualifications, experience and alignment with the program’s goals.

Notification Process: Applicants selected to participate in the program will be notified via email by Tuesday, May 7.

Cost to Attend: An administrative fee of $65 will be invoiced upon acceptance. In addition, associated expenses for the in-person modules, including breakfast and dinner as well as travel and accommodation for four days, if required.



  • Tuesday, June 4 – Thursday, June 6, 2024 (Virtual)
  • Monday, June 10 – Thursday, June 13 (In-person)


  • Zoom (Virtual)
  • Warner Bros. Discovery HQ, 230 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003 (In-person)


  • 2-week program includes 7 modules covering essential topics for career re-entry

Highlighted Modules: 

  • Week 1 (Virtual) – June 4-6, 2024
    • Module 1: Industry Evolution & Culture of the Corporate Workplace
    • Module 2: Rediscover & Redefine Your Career Path 
    • Module 3: Employer Panel  
  • Week 2 (In-person) – June 10-13, 2024
    • Module 4: Leadership and Management Primer 
    • Module 5: Work-life Integration, Resilience & Well-Being 
    • Module 6: Emerging Technologies & Your Digital Profile 
    • Module 7: Personal Branding, Executive Leadership Panel & Networking Event 

  • Boost and enhance professional skills and knowledge base
  • Networking opportunities with industry professionals and hiring managers 
  • Personalized support through optional coaching sessions 
  • Professional development for full and part-time job seekers 

  • Ability to commit to the full duration of the program and actively participate in all activities and sessions, both virtually and in-person. 
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development and a commitment to re-entering the workforce. 
  • Not currently employed. 
  • Up to a 7-year extended career break. 
  • Minimum of 8-10 years work experience, preferably with management experience. 
  • Industry/sector agnostic. Preference for individuals with professional experience or interest in technology. 
  • Identify as female or non-binary. 
  • A positive attitude and openness to feedback and growth. 


For questions regarding the program, please contact events@wict.org.