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An accelerator by women, for women is helping those looking to reenter the workforce by getting them up-to-speed with all the tools they need in today’s workplace.

The ReBoot Accel’s Career Accelerator for Women is helping women reenter the workforce.

According to ReBoot, “There is a large demographic of educated women (35-60 years old) who held demanding, interesting, lucrative positions before pausing their careers for caregiving or other opportunities.”

They are now looking to reenter the workforce for financial reasons and to increase their impact on society, and most feel they have decades left to contribute to their companies, customers, and communities.

By retooling and tapping into this seasoned pool of talent, ReBoot looks to re-energize and add a needed, diverse perspective to better solve many of business’ and society’s toughest challenges.

There are eight sessions in the program. Six of the eight sessions are devoted to helping women learn current office and social media technologies through hands on training — think of a survey course in: Apple’s Keynote; Google’s mail, docs, calendar, forms, drive; Evernote, Canva (a great design tool), Twitter, LinkedIn and more.

The other two classes help women identify their strengths, determine their interests and learn current job search strategies and tools.

The ReBoot Accel Founding Members

Of the more than 600 women who have participated in ReBoot Accel career reentry programs, one-third are interested in being their own bosses. ReBoot believes that entrepreneurship is a return-to-work path for women, and they are dead-set on empowering not just women, but all of society with this notion.

ReBoot also gives support to women who are intent on starting a unicorn, lifestyle, sole proprietor, freelance, or consulting business as their return-to-work path.

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The ReBoot Accelerator believes that community is critical for a fully functioning workplace.

“There are very few folks interested in lone wolf adventures. We are at an age and stage that recognizes we need one another to bounce ideas off of, learn from, give back, and collaborate with to flourish and have fun,” says ReBoot’s insightful blog.

With programs in eight cities across the US, ReBoot is an accelerator by women, for women. ReBoot’s roots are in the concept of “it takes a village.”

Co-founders Diane Flynn and Patty White, along with a team of accomplished, results-oriented, and innovative women launched ReBoot Accel in early 2015. Since then, several ReBoot Accel alums and college interns have made significant contributions to the progress, programs and culture at ReBoot Accel.

The ReBoot Accel Career Accelerator for Women offers a carefully curated 32-hour curriculum through which women learn essential office and job search tech skills, grow fresh professional networks, and build up their confidence so they can successfully reenter the paid workforce.

The accelerator also offers one-week immersion and eight-week, once-a-week career accelerator sessions with hands-on training, workshopping, and one-on-ones with subject experts, accountability partnerships, and a community focus.

Additionally, ReBoot Connect (formally called Club ReBoot) will be launching in 10 cities in the near future. ReBoot Connect is an ongoing community for women in the program, and it includes bi-monthly educational sessions and support for women returning to work.

Perks include a gym membership model at $30/month, and topics include negotiation skills, discernment, balance, office productivity, a deep dive into LinkedIn and Evernote, language for women, powerful presentations, networking tips, and more.

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Tim Hinchliffe
Tim Hinchliffe is the editor of The Sociable. His passions include writing about how technology impacts society and the parallels between Artificial Intelligence and Mythology. Previously, he was a reporter for the Ghanaian Chronicle in West Africa and an editor at Colombia Reports in South America. tim@sociable.co