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UC People Management Conference draws leaders from across the university

The first-ever UC People Management Conference, held Aug. 1-3, 2017, at the UCLA Luskin Center, was a successful and energizing event. Over 300 UC people managers and leaders were in attendance, with almost 100 speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors contributing their knowledge and resources to 54 breakout sessions and the exhibit hall.

Thirty-three of our UCOP colleagues attended with several others leading breakout sessions and helping facilitate the event.

Featured speakers included motivational speaker Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, who spoke about stepping up to lead, and Gerry Preciado, director of employment practice consulting at Bickmore, whose topic was removing workplace wedges. Daniel Seddiqui, founder of Living the Map, spoke about working 50 jobs in 50 states, while Johnese Spisso from UCLA Health, Michael J. Beck from UCLA and Ron T. Coley from UC Riverside discussed their leadership journeys in a “Poolside Chat.” UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman offered closing remarks tied to our theme of “Grow, Empower, Lead.”

Big congratulations to UCOP and the UCPath Center, which took home the award for Most People Management Series and Certificate Completions!

Other awards given to recognize individual and location achievements include:

  • Highest Conference Attendance: UC Riverside
  • Most Management Development Program Completions: UC San Diego
  • Lasting Influence: UC-CORO Leadership Collaborative Project-Making the Most Systemwide Impact: Northern California 2016 Cohort
  • Leadership Impact Award: Jennifer Aaron, UC Irvine
  • Social Star Award (most connections at the conference): Stephanie Neilson, UC Santa Cruz

Overall, the conference was well-attended by all locations and participants walked away feeling inspired, empowered, and energized. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Donna Salvo, executive director of systemwide talent management and staff development, or Siena Sarmiento, systemwide talent management implementation manager.

Next year’s UC People Management Conference will be held Aug. 7-9, 2018.


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