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

Winner of the 2018 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Gold Award for the “Best Advance in Women’s Leadership Development̶

Winner of the 2018 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Gold Award for the “Best Advance in Women’s Leadership Development”

Program Purpose

  • UC WI is an experiential professional development program offered to mid-career women, faculty, academic personnel and staff who demonstrate the potential to advance their careers at UC. 

Program Sponsors and Management

Target Audience

  • 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
  • Women who have demonstrated potential for advancement.

Program Components

  • Each cohort includes 30 participants
  • Each cohort program is comprised of 4 sessions over 4.5 days:
    • First session of each cohort program being 1.5 days, remaining sessions will be 1 day each
    • Final session of each cohort program will be regional North and South capstone graduation event

Program Facilitators

  • Each session will be led by a Coro and a UC Facilitator
    • UC Facilitators will be certified in partnership with Coro through a "Train-the-Trainer" process
    • Facilitator nominations will be handled separately from the participant nomination process
    • A request for nominees will be made directly to past UC WI graduates


2019 UC WI Program

Program Schedule and Nomination Timeline

  • 2019 Nomination and Selection Process: September – October 2018
  • 2019 Program Dates by Cohort
    • Cohort 1 (North & South): January – March 2019, Graduations in March 2019
    • Cohort 2 (North & South): April – June 2019, Graduations in June 2019
    • Cohort 3 (North & South): September – November 2019, Graduations in November 2019

Nomination Process

  • Nomination Submissions Due: October 12, 2018
  • One nomination request in Fall 2018 for participants and alternates will be made for all six 2019 programs
  • Each UC location may define their own internal nomination process, please contact your location Human Resources office for more information before submitting an online nomination
  • UC Locations determine allotted participant and alternate nominations for all three 2019 Cohorts
  • Submit 2019 nominations using the online UC WI Nomination Form

Nomination Timeline

Date (Range) Event
September 7, 2018 Call for All 2019 Cohort Nominations Opens
September 7 – October 12, 2018 Location Nomination Process Takes Place
October 24, 2018, 5:00 pm Final Participant and Alternate Names
For All 2019 Cohorts Due from Locations to Systemwide Talent Management
October – November, 2018 Selected Participant Notification from Systemwide
Talent Management
Participant cohort preference identification
January 15, 2019 North Cohort 1 Begins
January 23, 2019 South Cohort 1 Begins

Participant Nomination Criteria

  • Women in mid-career who demonstrate the potential to advance in their careers at UC
  • Current faculty, academic personnel, and staff 
  • Represent the diversity at each UC location
  • Represent different functions and departments at each location
  • Able to commit to the program with full attendance and participation at all sessions
  • Able to complete intersession assignments which require up to two hours between seminars
  • Have commitment and support of their nominating sponsor and/or manager

2019 Participant Costs

  • $1925/participant program fee covers all program materials and facilitation fees.
  • The participant's UC location is responsible for covering all travel related costs. Participants manage their own travel arrangements and submit travel reimbursements to their location/department using the established location Travel & Entertainment procedures.

Location Allocated Participant & Alternates per Cohort

North South
Location Participants Alternates Total
All 3
Cohorts
Location Participants Alternates Total
All 3
Cohorts
Agriculture & Natural Resources* 2 1 9 Agriculture & Natural Resources* 2 1 9
Berkeley 4 2 18 Irvine 4 2 18
Berkeley Lab 2 1 9 Irvine Health 2 1 9
Davis 4 2 18 Los Angeles 4 2 18
Davis Health 2 1 9 Los Angeles Health 2 1 9
Merced 4 2 18 Office of the President* 2 1 9
Office of the President* 2 1 9 Riverside 4 2 18
San Francisco 4 2 18 San Diego 4 2 18
San Francisco Health* 2 1 9 San Diego Health 2 1 9
Santa Cruz 4 2 18 Santa Barbara 4 2 18
Total 30 15 135 Total 30 15 135

*Employee's primary office is located respectively in either North or South

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