UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI)

The UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is an experiential professional development program designed to help women advance in their UC Careers and retain women who have demonstrated potential for advancement. UC WI is sponsored by Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) and the UC Office of the President. Systemwide Talent Management administers and coordinates the program and nomination process. 

2020 Program Overview

  • Participation in the 2020 program is limited to 8 participants from UC Berkeley (4 faculty/academic personnel and 4 staff)
  • The 2020 program will consist of 4 regional cohorts (2 in the North and 2 in the South). Berkeley nominees will participate in the 2 northern cohorts
    • Cohort 1: Jan-March, 2020
    • Cohort 2: April-June, 2020
  • Each cohort includes 30 participants from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Office of the President
  • One nomination request for participants and alternates will be made for all 2020 programs

  • Upon nomination confirmation, participants will be asked to select which program they would like to attend

  • Each session will be led by a Coro Facilitator and a UC Facilitator who has graduated from a prior UCWI program

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

For more information regarding the UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) Systemwide Leadership Collaborative visit: http://ucop.edu/human-resources/womens-initiative/

Target Audience

  • Mid-career women currently in a faculty, academic personnel, or full-time staff position at UC Berkeley who have demonstrated commitment to advancing UC's mission, as well as the potential for advancement in their UC careers.
    • NOTE: For staff employees, you are requested to include your Primary Title as part of your application. This can be found in the top, left box on your UCPath dashboard. 
    • Eligible staff employees are those who meet the requirements for the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) program. This includes PPSM (PSS or MSP) employees and Teamsters (CX) employees.
  • If you do not fall into the target audience listed above, you may still apply for this program, but may not fully benefit from the program curriculum.

Participant Nomination Criteria

  • Nominees must have worked for UC Berkeley for at least 2 years,

  • be able to commit to the program with full attendance and participation at all sessions, and,

  • be able to complete intersession assignments, which require up to two hours between seminars.

Nomination Form Details

The nomination form will ask for the following information:

  • Nominee Name, Title, Department, Classification (Faculty, Staff, or Academic Personnel), Title Code, and Years of Service
  • Are you self nominating? (If no, the form will ask for nominator information) 
  • "In 500 words or less, please describe why you think you or your nominee should participate, how you/your nominee might benefit from the program, and how UC Berkeley would benefit if you/your nominee is selected to participate."
  • "Optional: Please upload any other information that you feel will help the selection committee make their decision (letter of support, etc.) here."

Please prepare this information before filling out the form to avoid any accidental incomplete submissions! 

UC Berkeley Nomination/Program Timeline

August 19, 2019

Nomination process opens (click here for nomination form)

September 30, 2019

Nomination process for UC Berkeley closes

October 15, 2019

Nominees notified of selection status

*Reminder: All nominations must be submitted by 

Participation Expectations

  • Participants commit to attend all program sessions in their entirety
  • Pre-Work and Pre-Program Survey must be completed before the first day of the program
  • Up to 2 hours of additional work will be assigned and completed between the program sessions

Selection Process

This year's selection committee will consist of graduates from the 2018 UC WI program. The committee will meet to review all nominations. Selection criteria will be based off of the following questions: 

  • Does the nominator make a compelling case for why their nominee should participate, including why now?
  • Is it clear how the nominee would benefit from participation, including whether the individual seems ready to quickly integrate lessons learned into career growth or change?
  • Does the nominator make a compelling case for how our campus might benefit from the nominee's participation in the program?

Note: People who were nominated for the program previously and not chosen can be re-nominated using the current nomination form.

Participant Costs

  • $1925/participant program fee covers all program materials and facilitation fees.
  • The cost of participation in this program is covered by a joint effort from UC Berkeley Central HR, UC Berkeley's EVCP office and the Vice Provost for the Faculty. 
  • Participants manage their own travel arrangements and submit travel reimbursements to their location/department using the established location Travel & Entertainment procedures.

Past Programs

Program Contact

Terry Barton

Director, Systemwide Career and Development Programs


(510) 587-6297

Internal Contact

Angela Stopper

Chief Learning Officer, Director of Learning & Development


Maddy Irwin

Project/Policy Analyst