UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development

UC is committed to creating a pipeline and network of women professionals who can contribute to one another’s and UC’s future success. President Janet Napolitano, at the request of the UC Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW), is supportive of the UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI), formerly known as the UC Women's Initiative for Empowerment (WIE), to improve the professional development and advancement of women at UC.

UC Women's Initiative is a four session program designed in collaboration between SACSW and UC Systemwide Talent Management, and delivered by CORO, a non-profit leadership development organization that has been delivering programs at UC since 2006. The UC WI program is designed for mid-career women, both faculty and staff, who demonstrate the potential to advance their careers at UC.

Participation in the UC WI program is limited and currently requires that participants be selected by their location's Chancellor or Chancellor's Cabinet Members.

Due to the success of our past two programs, the 2018 program will follow a slightly different format to ensure more women will benefit from UC WI.

Enhancements for 2018 include:

  • Offering six regional cohorts (three North and three South), accommodating 144 participants
  • Inclusion of UC Facilitators to provide additional professional development opportunities to UC WI graduates
  • Inclusion of a combined North and South final capstone event for each cohort enabling participants to make connections across the UC system