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Apply today for the UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development

Nominations are now open for the UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI), a systemwide experiential professional development program for mid-career woman-identified professionals and those who support the advancement of woman-identified professionals. Participants include faculty, academic personnel and staff — both people managers and individual contributors. (See below for criteria).

UC WI seeks participants who have demonstrated the potential to advance their careers at UC. The cohort teaches them to fully participate, succeed and advance at the university, with the goal of employee retention.

UC WI will be offered virtually for the 2024/2025 program year. Otherwise, the format will be similar to prior years.

Benefits of participating 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.

2024-25 UCOP nomination process: Open Feb. 26- March 22, 2024

  • Program applicants 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 provide names of two recommenders, one of whom must be the applicant’s supervisor. Recommendation 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 March 22, 2024.
  • 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).
  • The UCOP WI Nomination Committee includes past UC WI participants in partnership with UCOP UC WI leads — Talent and Organizational Development Manager Annie Prozan and PACSW Chair Kari Stewart. This committee determines the final participants using the criteria listed below.
  • Applicants will be notified of their selection status the week of April 15, 2024.
  • Systemwide UC WI leads will communicate selected participants and alternates by April 23, 2024

UCOP participant criteria

Each applicant must:

  • Be a woman-identified professional or someone who supports the advancement of woman-identified professionals at UCOP
  • Be a UCOP policy-covered or represented staff, in a career or contract appointment
  • Have at least five years of service with UC, including at least one year at UCOP
  • Be a mid-career professional with demonstrated potential for career growth
  • Have a “meet expectations” or above on their last performance evaluation
  • Fully commit to participate in all sessions and complete all required intersession assignments
  • Represent the diversity of UCOP
  • Demonstrate commitment to UC’s mission and vision
  • Demonstrate commitment to self-development
  • Have commitment and support from their manager/supervisor

Participant costs

By nominating an individual, the nominee’s department is agreeing to cover all fees. This year’s participant fee is $1,287.50, which covers virtual program delivery and all program resources, tools and support. This reflects a 3% increase from last year’s program participant fee to cover program related vendor increases.

Upon return to the preferred, in-person delivery method, fees will increase to its original or higher 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 Annie Prozan, talent and organizational development manager.

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

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