UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI)

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  • As a long time UC employee, UC WI has reinvigorated my career and passion for working at the University.
  • Participating in the UC Women's Initiative program was a wonderful experience, one that provided me with short and long-term tools, and resources for my professional growth. I would highly recommend it for those who are interested.
  • UC WI has positively impacted how I approach and engage in my day-to-day interactions with colleagues, strengthened my voice and given me tools and experiences that help me think differently about how to approach meetings and projects.

What is the UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development?

The UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is a unique, experiential, systemwide professional development program to support the success and advancement of mid-career, woman-identified professionals and is open to all employees who support and are committed to this mission. The program brings together participants from every UC location. Participants represent faculty, academic personnel and staff, people managers and non-people managers.

The program is sponsored by the President’s office and the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) and offered by Systemwide Human Resources in partnership with Coro Northern California and SACSW.

UC WI is committed to enabling the full participation, success and advancement of woman-identified professionals at the University. The program is open to all employees who support and are committed to this mission.

The program has been designed to:

  • Cultivate a professional network that spans the UC system
  • Provide access to top UC leaders to learn about their diverse leadership approaches and journeys
  • Strengthen skills and confidence through hands-on practice with a range of tools in the areas of:
    • Professional development and impact
    • Strategic relationship building
    • Developing and delivering a compelling narrative regarding one’s professional accomplishments and vision
    • Negotiating at work
    • Peer coaching

The ideal participant:

  • Is mid-career faculty, academic personnel and staff from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Office of the President
  • Has demonstrated potential for advancement
  • Supports woman-identified professionals and seeks to learn concepts that improve their effectiveness at work and hear about the career journeys of established UC leaders

Program Overview

Six cohorts of 30 participants each with representatives from every UC location, come together for four in-person, interactive, all-day sessions, jointly led by a Coro Northern California facilitator and a UC Facilitator. UC facilitators are past graduates of the program who share their experience and expertise and add a UC perspective.

Nomination Process Overview

Participants are either nominated by their manager or may self-nominate. Each location is allotted a specific number of seats in each cohort to ensure systemwide representation. Each UC location manages their own nomination process to align with the systemwide nomination timeline.

The 2021/2022 program nomination process is expected to take place in spring of 2021. Additional information may be found within the 2021/2022 UC WI Program Information and Nomination Process (pdf).

If you are interested in enrolling in UC WI, contact your location Human Resources Training/Learning and Development team for assistance.