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2024-2025 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI)
Program Information and Nomination Process Purpose

UC WI is a unique, experiential professional development program committed to enabling the full participation, success and advancement of woman-identified professionals at the University. The program is open to all who support this mission.

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Sponsors and Management
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Target Audience
  • 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.

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Participant Outcomes
  • Build strategic relationships.
  • Actively communicate their value to the organization.
  • Advocate for their own needs in the workplace.
  • Coach others to demonstrate their value to the organization.
  • Increase awareness of diverse UC career paths.
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Participant Criteria
  • The nominee is a current mid-career faculty, academic personnel and staff from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Office of the President.
  • Demonstrated potential for advancement.
  • Is a woman-identified professional or supports woman-identified professionals and seeks to learn concepts that improve their effectiveness at work and hear about the career journeys of established UC leaders.
  • Represents the diversity at each UC location.
  • Represents different functions and departments at each location.
  • Is able to commit to the program with full attendance and participation at all sessions.
  • Is able to complete intersession assignments which require up to two hours between seminars.
  • Has the written support of their supervisor or Chancellor Cabinet Member.
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Program Participation Expectations
  • Participate fully — the UC Women’s Initiative is experiential and relies heavily on full participant contribution.
  • Attend all program sessions in their entirety—locations will be charged for participants who do not complete the program.
  • Complete the Pre-Work and Pre-Program Survey before the first day of their assigned cohort.
  • Complete up to 2 hours of additional work assigned between program sessions.
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UC WI Participant Costs
  • The $1,287.50 participant fee covers virtual program delivery and all program resources, tools and support.
    • This fee reflects a 3% increase from the previous program participant fee and is due to the increase in vendor costs for program-related expenses.
    • Upon return to the preferred, in-person delivery method, we expect the fee to increase to its original $1,950 per participant or higher, based on the cost of in-person delivery.

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2024/2025 Program Overview


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2024/2025 Nomination Process
  • Individuals may be nominated or may apply to participate in the program
    • Registration is now closed
  • Review the UC WI FAQ’s

For more information regarding the UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development, please visit the UC Women's Initiative webpage or contact

For local support please contact

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UC Women's Initiative Connect

UC Women’s Initiative Connect makes it easy for UCWI graduates to stay in contact with each other, explore jobs and volunteer opportunities, share expertise, support each other and network.

If you are a UCWI Graduate and have questions, or would like to sign up, please contact UC Women’s Initiative