Leadership Development Program: Tapping into UCOP’s talent pool
Do you know what school EVP for Business Operations Nathan Brostrom, CFO Peter Taylor and UC Provost Aimee Dorr teach in?
Right here at UCOP a dozen top leaders run a course each year, known as the Leadership Development Program (LDP), that aims to cultivate skills in the organization’s up-and-coming leaders.
The 2013 program wrapped up in December, graduating 15 individuals at UCOP who completed the nine-month course meant to develop new leadership skills including people and project management, strategy and effective communications.
If you know of someone on your staff who might benefit from the program, why not nominate them or invite them to self-nominate? The 2014 program is still in the works, but it will be open soon for applications and will run from May 2014 through January 2015. Look for news about the updated website soon.
“The best part was getting to work with folks I never would have encountered in my job,” said Vini Bhargava, manager, construction services, in Budget and Capital Resources, who completed the program last year. The curriculum was full of real-world content that can easily be applied to the day-to-day work that goes on at UCOP, she said.
Bhargava said the support of her manager and team were critical because of the intensive time commitment required for participants.
The program requires one to two days per month, including one full day per month of interactive learning events, presentations by OP senior leaders, team projects, leadership assessments and individual feedback.
For more about the curriculum, participant requirements and sample nomination forms, see the LDP website.