Women We Admire

The events are open to all members of the UCOP community, and both men and women are invited to learn more about how to make the most of working at UC. Recordings of prior events will be posted here as they become available, and future events will also be advertised in Link.

All events will be in Franklin, Lobby 1 from 12:00-1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Prior speakers

Other presentations

Prior speakers



  • Monica Gandhi MD, MPH; Infectious Diseases Doctor; Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine, UCSF; Director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR); Medical Director of the HIV Clinic ("Ward 86") at San Francisco General Hospital.



  • Kristen Bibbins-Domingo, Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine; Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity, UCSF (November 2019)
  • Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Systemwide Academic Senate Vice Chair, Professor, Author, and Filmmaker, UC Santa Barbara (May 2019)
  • Sherwynn UmaliAssociate Dean of Students, Student Life & Leadership
    Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Student Affairs, UC Irvine (March 2019)


  • Jaime Nack, President of Three Squares and UCLA Alum (November 2018)
  • Ann Kovalchick, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer, UC Merced (November 2018)
  • Mary Ann Mason, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley (February 2018)
  • Mary Gilly, Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine (May 2018)


  • Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley (December 2017)

  • Jocelyn Surla Banaria, Assistant Director of the Academic Senate, UCOP (September 2017)

  • Glenda Humiston, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources (August 2017)
  • Monica Lozano, Chairman of the Board of UC Regents (May 2017)
  • Julie Freischlag, Vice Chancellor for Human Health Services and Dean of the School of Medicine, UC Davis (March 2017)
  • Kim Budil, Vice President for the National Laboratories, UCOP (February 2017)
  • Melissa Murray, Interim Dean of the School of Law, Professor of Law, and Faculty Director of the Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice, UC Berkeley (January 2017)


  • Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost and Chief Outreach Officer for Diversity & Engagement, UCOP (August 2016)
  • Jenny Kao, Executive Director, Issues Management, Policy Analysis & Coordination (IMPAC), UCOP (June 2016)
  • Luanna Putney, Associate Chancellor, Merced (May 2016)
  • Rachael Nava, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UCOP (April 2016)
  • Sherry Lansing, UC Regent (January 2016)


  • Linda Williams, Associate Chancellor Emeritus, Berkeley (September 2015)
  • Jerlena Griffin-Desta, Deputy to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Executive Director, Student Services (June 2015)
  • MRC Greenwood, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Nutrition, UC Davis; President Emerita, University of Hawai'i; Chancellor Emerita, UC Santa Cruz (March 2015)
  • Cheryl Lloyd, UC Chief Risk Officer (February 2015)
  • Mina Bissell, LBNL Distinguished Scientist (January 2015)


  • Pamela Brown, Vice President of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (IRAP) (December 2014)
  • Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Development Director at Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley School of Law, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, US Ambassador to Mexico nominee (October 2014)
  • Joan Williams, Hastings Law Professor and author of What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (August 2014)
  • Janet Napolitano, UC President (July 2014)
  • Susan Carlson, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel (May 2014)
  • Jane Conoley, Dean of UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and former Interim Chancellor of UC Riverside (April 2014)
  • Kellie A. McElhaney, Whitehead Faculty Fellow in Corporate Sustainability and founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley; author of Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand (Jan. 2014)

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  • Lindsay Gottlieb, UC Berkeley Women's Basketball Head Coach, and Charmin Smith, Associate Coach (August 2013)
  • Sheryl Vacca, Chief Compliance Officer (June 2013)
  • Dorothy Leland, UC Merced Chancellor (May 2013)
  • Nina Robinson, Chief of Staff to President Yudof (April 2013)
  • Josefina Baltodano, Senior Associate - External Relations of the Center for Studies in Higher Education and Founding Executive Director of the Executive Leadership Academy, UC Berkeley (March 2013)
  • Rita Spaur and Pamela Roskowski, Police Chiefs for UC Merced and UC San Francisco (January 2013)

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  • Dr. Aimee Dorr, UC Provost discusses lessons learned on her career path to the Office of the President, including faculty positions at Stanford, Harvard, USC, and UCLA. (December 2012)
  • Dr. Peggy Lemaux, ANR Cooperative Extension Specialist talks about her career and her research and outreach efforts regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). You can view the research website here. Co-sponsored by the Family Resource Network. (November 2012)
  • Dr. Renee Navarro, UCSF Vice-Chancellor of Diversity & Outreach discusses her journey to becoming a physician, faculty member, and the first African-American woman Vice-Chancellor at UCSF, as well as her ongoing work promoting fairness in health care. (March 2012)
  • Sandy Barbour, UC Berkeley Athletic Director shares her lessons learned from 30 years of intercollegiate athletic administration, including being one of only 5 female athletic directors of NCAA Division 1A school programs nationwide, overseeing Berkeley's 29-sport program with more than 800 student athletes, and finding support from family and mentors. (January 2012)

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  • Dr. Barbara Allen-Diaz, UCOP Agriculture & Natural Resources Vice President discusses her nearly four-decade career combining marriage and family with science, administrative management, academics and a piece of a Nobel Prize. (December 2011)
  • Dr. Laurel Mellin, UCSF Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine, author of Wired for Joy and The Pathway, discusses Emotional Brain Training (EBT), her program for giving you the power to rewire your own emotional brain. EBT teaches users to switch the emotional brain from stress to joy to improve habits, mood, productivity, relationships, weight, memory and health. (May 2011)

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  • Lynn Tierney: Courage in Crisis, AVP Communications, recounts her experiences at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (September 2010)
  • Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch, Director of UC’s Breast Cancer Research Program, speaks about Breast Cancer Awareness month. (October 2010)
  • Dr. Amy Levine, Executive Director of the UCSF Center for Gender Equity, discusses the many programs she has implemented at UCSF that have supported UC employees in pursuit of their intellectual, professional and personal goals. (August 2010)
  • Susan Thomas, Retired Senior Counsel and Chair of PACSW, talks about her 30-year career as an attorney at UCOP, personal challenges she faced along the way, and her historical perspective of the University’s resilience during difficult times. (March 2010)

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  • Judy Sakaki, Vice President for Student Affairs. (October 2009)
  • Debora Obley, Associate VP-Budget Operations at UCOP, shares her top ten career tips, titled How to Succeed at UCOP without Really Crying, and discusses everything from not sweating the small stuff and sticking to your values to embracing character building experiences and taking time to cut your hair off every now and then. (July 2009)
  • Dr. Mary Croughan, 2008-2009 Academic Senate Chair, researcher, and mother of four gives a down-to-earth talk on her successful journey at UC. (May 2009)

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Other presentations

Using Social Media to Advance Your UC Career
In July 2010, PACSW and the UCOP Staff Assembly sponsored this presentation by talent and career management consulting firm Right Management. Learn how LinkedIn and other social media tools like Twitter and Facebook can advance your UC career through connecting and building relationships and providing a rich source of information for collaboration and career opportunities.

Developing Your Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ)
In March 2011, PACSW sponsored this presentation by Lindsey Zan, Manager of EQ Development at Talent Smart, on EQ: what it is, why it's important, the four core EQ skills (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management), and strategies from Emotional Intelligence 2.0 that can be used on the job to improve/build EQ skills.

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