University of California, Riverside

Human Resources

UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

Women's Professional Development Initiative - 2018 UCR graduates

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. UC WI is sponsored by the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) and the UC Office of the President, and is delivered by CORO.  The program was awarded the 2018 Brandon Hall Group Gold Excellence Award for Best Advance in Women’s Leadership Development in 2018.

Nomination Process

Each year UC collaborates with CORO, a prestigious national non-profit leadership development organization, to provide two distinct systemwide development programs for UC faculty and staff – the UC Executive Leadership Collaborative, designed for direct reports to a Dean or Vice Chancellor, and the UC Women’s Initiative (UC WI), which is a targeted professional development program designed to prepare more women for advancement within UC. 

There will be a total of three southern California cohorts in 2019, taking place as follows:

  • Cohort 1:  January – March, at UCLA
  • Cohort 2:  April- June, at UCI
  • Cohort 3:  September – November, at UCR

The nomination process is now closed for the 2019 program. Please check back for the 2020 registration.

Participant Nomination Criteria

  • Mid-career women, both faculty and staff, who demonstrate the potential to advance in 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
  • Participants will be expected to compete pre-work and a pre-program survey prior to the first meeting of their assigned cohort, and to complete up to two hours of additional work between program sessions.

Application Process

  • Individuals may be nominated or may apply to participate in the program.
  • We anticipate that there will be many more applications than spaces available.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and evaluated based on the criteria outlined above. 

Additional Information

  • Program fee of $1,925 per participant; 50% of the fee will be funded centrally by the campus
  • Three Southern California regional cohorts for 2019; each cohort will consist of 45 women from across Southern California locations
  • 4.5 days program per cohort
  • A single request for nominations to fill all three cohorts
  • Nominations require commitment and support by a nominating sponsor that the nominee will attend all sessions, additional project work sessions, and graduation.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Jadie Lee at

2018 UCR Women's Initiative Graduates

Tara Brown

Assistant Director
Undergraduate Student Affairs
BCOE (Bourns College of Engineering)

(951) 827-2577

Linda Casteel

Treasury Manager

(951) 827-1939

Nicole Davis

Deputy Director
CE-CERT (College of Engineering - Center for Environmental Research and Technology)

(951) 781-5744

Trina Elerts

Graduate Student Affairs Officer
Graduate Division

(951) 827-3315

Cecilia Gonzalez

Director of Personnel HR/AP
Dean's Office - BCOE (Bourns College of Engineering)

(951) 827-5655

Ronnecia Hodges

Resident Accounts Manager
Housing Services

(951) 827-6350

Karen Jordan

GIS Manager
Capital Asset Strategies

(951) 827-2787

Erika Leon

HR Business Partner
CHASS (College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences)

(951) 827-3276

Louisa Levario

Assistant Dean
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
School of Public Policy

(951) 827-2316

Juliette Levy

Associate Professor

(951) 827-6492

Rhiannon Little

Student Organization Coordinator
Student Life

(951) 827-2449

Amanda Lucia

Associate Professor
Religious Studies

(951) 827-2137

Lisa Martin

Campus Emergency Manager
Enterprise Risk Management

(951) 827-4255

Margaret Nash

GSOE (Graduate School of Education)

(951) 827-2710

Tanya Nieri

Associate Professor

(951) 827-5854

Puja Pannu

Communication Lead
Human Resources

(951) 827-5076

Alissa Rackstraw

Finance and Budget Manager
Dean's Office - BCOE (Bourns College of Engineering)

(951) 827-6417

Amy Ricks

Assistant Director
Enrollment Management Center &
Graduate Student Affairs Center
CNAS (College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences)

(951) 827-4435

Christina "Tina" Rodriguez

Benefits Lead
Human Resources

(951) 827-5086

Kyong Salmons

Senior Director, Budget & Finance
Auxiliary Services

(951) 827-1212

Leslie Settle

Access Services Desk Coordinator
University Library

(951) 827-3220
Elizabeth Tisdale

Assistant Director
Enrollment Management Center &
Graduate Student Affairs Center
CNAS (College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences)

(951) 827-2512

Sureyya Tuncel

Sr. Server Technology Specialist
Student Affairs Technology Svc

(951) 827-1235

Annette Webb

Director of Education Programs
University Extension (UNEX)

(951) 827-1653

Tanya Wine

Financial and Administrative Officer
Economics & Political Science Departments
CHASS (College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences)

(951) 827-6102

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