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Nominations are open for the UC Women’s Initiative

The UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is an experiential professional development program offered to mid-career women-identified professionals who demonstrate the potential to advance their careers at UC. A systemwide program, UC WI helps women-identified professionals to advance in their UC careers and seeks to retain those who have demonstrated the potential for advancement. Participants represent faculty, academic personnel and staff; people managers and individual contributors.

UC WI is committed to enabling the full participation, success and advancement of woman-identified professionals at the university. The program is open to all who support and are committed to this mission.

UC WI is sponsored by the President’s Office and the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW), and offered by Systemwide Human Resources in partnership with Coro Northern California and SACSW.  The program is co-facilitated by Coro Northern California and UC WI graduates.

Reasons to participate in UC WI

  • Build strategic relationships systemwide
  • Learn to actively communicate your value to the organization
  • Advocate for your needs in the workplace
  • Demonstrate your value to UCOP and UC by coaching others
  • Increase your awareness of diverse UC career paths

Please visit the UC WI website for more information, including participant testimonials.

2021 UCOP nomination process

  • Participants can self-nominate or be nominated by a supervisor or other leader. Please use this Smartsheet UCOP UC WI nomination form for self-nomination or to nominate someone.
  • The application requires each applicant to submit answers to three questions and two recommendations, one of which must be from the applicant’s supervisor. The forms are automatically sent to the necessary people once an applicant self-nominates or is nominated. All parts of the application must be complete by April 30, 2021.
  • All supervisors should meet with nominees to ensure they can attend the program dates. The exact dates are listed on the UC WI website.
  • UC WI holds three regional cohorts in Northern California and Southern California, with 120 total participants. UCOP can send 12 participants (six to each region). We expect to get many applications.
  • The UCOP WI Nomination Committee includes past UC WI participants in partnership with UCOP UC WI leads — Learning and Development Manager Annie Prozan, PACSW Cochairs Aimee Chang and Kate Glassman and UCOP Human Resources Executive Director Nancy Pluzdrak. This committee determines the final participants using the criteria listed below.
  • Systemwide UC WI leads will communicate selected participants and alternates by May 7, 2021.

Participant criteria

Each applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • A UCOP staff member (career or contract) with a minimum of five years of service at UC, with at least one year being at UCOP
  • A women-identified professional, or one who supports the advancement of women-identified professionals, at UC
  • A mid-career-level staff member with demonstrated potential for career advancement
  • Has a “meet expectations” or above on the last performance evaluation
  • Can commit fully to participating in all sessions and completing all intersession assignments
  • Represents the diversity of OP, including different functions and departments
  • Has demonstrated commitment to UC’s mission and vision
  • Has demonstrated commitment to self-development
  • Has the commitment and support of their manager

Participant costs

By nominating an individual, their department is agreeing to cover all fees. This year’s participant fee is $1,050 and covers virtual program delivery and all program resources, tools and support. (This is a reduction from the previous years’ participant fee of $1,950.) When we return to in-person sessions, fees will once again increase to cover costs. Travel and other expenses for in-person programming will be paid by the participant’s location.

For more details and information, please visit the UC WI page or contact the UCOP UC WI leads, Annie ProzanAimee ChangKate Glassman or Nancy Pluzdrak.

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