University of California, Riverside

Human Resources

UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

Women's Initiative - Professional Development

UC is committed to creating a pipeline and network of women professionals who can contribute to one another’s and UC’s future success. President Janet Napolitano, at the request of the UC Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW), is supportive of the UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI), formerly known as the UC Women's Initiative for Empowerment (WIE), to improve the professional development and advancement of women at UC.


UC Women's Initiative is a four-session program designed in collaboration between SACSW and UC Systemwide Talent Management, and delivered by CORO, a prestigous non-profit leadership development organization that has been delivering programs at UC since 2006.  Over the last two years, seven mid-career UCR staff and faculty have participated in two pilots of the program.

  • Participants are required to attend all sessions, additional project work sessions and graduation.
  • Nominations required commitment and support by nominating sponsor that the nominee will attend all sessions, additional project work sessions, and graduation.

Participant Nomination Criteria

The UC WI program is designed for mid-career women, both faculty and staff, who demonstrate the potential to advance their careers at UC.

  • Must have been in current position for at least one year
  • Performance in good standing

In addition, nominees should demonstrate:

  • Aspiration for advancement and growth
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively
  • Desire to make an active contribution to UC

Program Components

Due to the success of our past two programs, the 2018 program will follow a slightly different format to ensure more women will benefit from UC WI.

  • Offering six regional cohorts (three North and three South).
  • We anticipate that there will be many more applications than spaces available.
    • Each cohort will consist of 30 women from across the UC system.
  • Inclusion of UC Facilitators to provide additional professional development opportunities to UC WI graduates
  • Inclusion of a combined North and South final capstone event for each cohort enabling participants to make connections across the UC system

Application Process

Deadline for applications/nominations: Please check back for the next cohort dates

  • Individuals may be nominated or may apply to participate in the program.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and evaluated based on the criteria outlined above. 
  • Nominees will be informed of their selection in mid-November.
Applications and nominations forms must be submitted electronically to Judith Abbey at

Additional Information

  • Program fee of $1,750 per participant will be funded centrally by the campus
  • A single request for nominations to fill all three cohorts
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Kim Allain, Director of Employee and Organizational development at

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