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UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

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.


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

The Program is open to the following:

  • 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.

Individuals may be nominated or may apply to participate in the program.

We anticipate that there will be many more applications than spaces available.
  • 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 Human Resources.

  • 2018 UCR Women's Initiative Graduates




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