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

Program Purpose
  • UC WI is an experiential professional development program for women designed to elevate women in leadership, establish a pipeline for advancement, and contribute to women's and UC's success.


Program Sponsors and Management


Target Audience
  • Mid-career, women staff and faculty/academic personnel from campuses, health centers, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Office of the President, and UCPath Center.
  • 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 a combined North & South capstone event and graduation that allows participants to make systemwide connections


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


2018 UC WI Program
Program Schedule and Nomination Timeline
  • 2018 Nomination and Selection Process: October – November 2017
  • 2018 UC WI Program Dates by Cohort:
    • Cohort 1: January – March 2018, Graduation in March 2018
    • Cohort 2: April – June 2018, Graduation in June 2018
    • Cohort 3: September – November 2018, Graduation in November 2018


Nomination Process
  • UCSF Nomination Submissions Due: October 20, 2017 at 10 AM
  • One nomination request in Fall 2017 for participants and alternates will be made for all 2018 cohorts
  • Each UC location may define their own internal nomination process. Please see the UCSF nomination process/instructions contact [email protected] with any questions. Send nominations to Katharine, and please do not use the online nomination form on the UCOP website.


Nomination Timeline
Date (Range) Event

September 29, 2017

Call for All 2018 Cohort Nominations Opens

September 29 – October 31, 2017

Location Nomination Process Takes Place

October 31, 2017, 5:00 pm

Participant and Alternate Nominations

For All 2018 Cohorts Due

November – December, 2017

Selected Participant Notification from Systemwide

Talent Management

Participant cohort preference identification

January 16, 2018

North Cohort 1 Begins

January 24, 2018

South Cohort 1 Begins


Participant Nomination Criteria
  • Women in mid-career, who demonstrate the potential to advance in their careers at UC
  • Current staff or faculty/academic personnel
  • Representative of the diversity at your UC location
  • Representative of different functions and departments at your location
  • Able to commit to the program with full participation at all sessions
  • Have the commitment and support by nominating sponsor and/or manager that participant will complete pre-work and pre-program survey before first day of program, Up to 2 hours of additional intersession work; and attend all sessions (4.5 days), and graduation.


2018 Participant Costs
  • $1750/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.