Empowering Women in the Workplace

By Steve Flamisch

The Center for Women and Work (CWW) at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations is teaming up with some of New Jersey’s top employers to help women land a great job out of college and climb the corporate ladder.

Women Investing In and Guiding Students (WINGS), offered in partnership with the Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership, returns for a full schedule of sessions in the Spring 2018 semester. Volunteer mentors from Johnson & Johnson and Wells Fargo will draw on their professional experiences to help Rutgers undergraduate women navigate the process of applying for jobs and starting their career. 

“I think it’s great that Rutgers and the Center for Women and Work provide this resource at this earlier stage, and that they provide so many resources both through J&J and through other companies,” said Johnson & Johnson HR professional Katie Molteni Muir, who has served as a WINGS mentor. “It’s something that I think would have been really valuable to me early on, and so I’m glad that other women are getting the opportunity to take advantage of that.”

A second program, Leadership Development for Early Career Women, is geared toward women who are three to five years into their current job title. Offered by CWW and the Center for HR and Leadership Development, this program helps women improve work-life balance and overcome obstacles on the way to upper management positions. ADP, Covance, Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Resources, Panasonic, ProSight Specialty Insurance, and other companies have signed up their employees for custom or open enrollment cohorts.

“It says that my company is investing in me,” said ADP Director of Supplier Diversity Paula Frank, who participated in the program in 2016. “They see something in me that they’re looking to move me to the next level and looking for me to grow my career at ADP. So that’s positive.”

Watch the short video below to see how WINGS and Leadership Development for Early Career Women are empowering women across New Jersey.