As a former U.N. analyst, I had visibility to the needs of immigrants coming to the US, particularly women. I knew there was a fit between helping immigrant women leverage their baking skills and filling the void that existed in the market for ethnic breads. The idea happened while sharing with a friend my job interview at Women’s World Banking. He heard Women’s World “Baking.” It conjured up an image that I never forgot. For the next ten years, as I pursued graduate school and career in social justice and public policy work, that misheard word – baking instead of banking – would stay with me.
Thank you Anna for your comments! Yes, the breads we bake and sell are inspired by the culinary traditions of the diverse women we serve.
To answer your questions: We invite Bakers in Training applicants to participate in group interviews that includes an English language/math assessment, packing exercise to measure speed and dexterity and one-on-one interviews. Successful candidates are women who are able to follow instructions, have the physical strength to pick up a 50 lbs bag of flour and stand on their feet for long periods, express a desire to train for culinary careers and are available to work the shifts and days necessary for their apprenticeships. Google is one of our high-road employment partners that offers our graduates a competitive salary and access to their generous benefits including access to excellent healthcare choices, retirement saving plans and PTO. In addition to providing women with on-the-job culinary skills, we also integrate soft skills professional development. Women are taught how to delegate, prioritize, solve problems, and advocate for themselves in the workplace – especially in light of the #metoo movement-- so that they have the skills to thrive in their careers. We encourage all our graduates to join our alumni association, which allows us to keep connected and address any challenges in the workplace or otherwise. They are invited to bi-annual meetings and routinely follow up with the women to check on their progress and offer career-mentoring support and continuing educational opportunities.