Call for Nominations: UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development

September 16, 2019

Winner of the 2018 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Gold Award for the "Best Advance in Women's Leadership Development"

The UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is a unique, experiential, systemwide professional development program for mid-career women that 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.

The program has been designed to:

  • Cultivate a professional network of women that spans the UC system
  • Give women access to top UC leaders—women and men—so they can interview and learn from them about their diverse leadership approaches and journeys
  • Strengthen skills and confidence through hands-on practice with a range of tools and skills 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

Participants are either nominated by their manager or may self-nominate. 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
  • Someone who has demonstrated potential for advancement
  • Open to supporting other women in the program, learning concepts that improve their effectiveness at work and hearing about the career journeys of established UC leaders.

Each location is allotted a specific number of seats in each cohort to ensure representation. 2020 Location Participant & Alternate Allocation

UC Santa Cruz Nomination Process

The UC Santa Cruz Local Nominations Deadline will be Friday, October 4th. 

UC Santa Cruz nominees will be required to submit a 500 word or less Personal Statement, via this Google Form. Please answer the following questions: What do you hope to gain from this program, and how does UC WI fit into your career development plans?

Program Overview

Multiple cohorts, each consisting of 30 women 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.

2020 Program Logistics

We are transitioning the UC WI schedule to coincide with UC's academic/fiscal calendar. This change will assist locations in budgeting and make it easier for faculty participants to plan around their academic schedules. As part of this transition, we will only be offering four cohorts in the 2020 program — two north, two south. We will return to offering six cohorts as part of the 2020/2021 program, with that program’s nomination process opening in February 2020 and its first set of cohorts beginning in September 2020.

The 2020 program will be offered beginning in January, with the nomination process taking place from August 2019 to October 2019. More detailed information about the nomination process and program timelines can be found here: 2020 UC WI Program Information & Nomination Process

Please refer to the UC System-Wide Human Resources and UC WI Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 

UC Santa Cruz employees should direct questions to

President Janet Napolitano with SACSW membersPresident Janet Napolitano with SACSW members