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

The UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is a unique, experiential, systemwide professional development program for mid-career woman-identified professionals that brings together participants from every UC location. Participants represent faculty, academic personnel and staff, people managers and non-people managers.

The program 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.

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.

2020-2021 Program Overview

Starting this year, the UC WI schedule coincides with UC’s academic/fiscal calendar. Six cohorts of 30 participants each with representatives from every UC location, come together for four in-person, interactive, all-day sessions, jointly led by a Coro Northern California facilitator and a UC Facilitator. UC facilitators are past graduates of the program who share their experience and expertise and add a UC perspective.

The program is planned to be offered completely virtually at this time.

Participant Outcomes

The program has been designed to:

  • Cultivate a professional network that spans the UC system
  • Provide access to top UC leaders — women and men — to learn about their diverse leadership approaches and journeys
  • Strengthen skills and confidence through hands-on practice with a range of tools in the areas of:
    • Professional development and impact
    • Strategic relationship building
    • Developing and delivering a compelling narrative regarding one’s professional accomplishments and vision
    • Negotiating at work
    • Peer coaching

Participant Criteria

  • Is a current mid-career faculty, academic personnel or staff from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Office of the President
  • Demonstrated potential for advancement
  • Is a woman-identified professional or supports woman-identified professionals and seeks to learn concepts that improve their effectiveness at work and hear about the career journeys of established UC leaders
  • Represents the diversity at each UC location
  • Represents different functions and departments at each location
  • Is able to commit to the program with full attendance and participation at all sessions
  • Is able to complete intersession assignments which require up to two hours between seminars
  • Has the written support of their supervisor

NOTE: 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.

Participation Expectations

  • Participate fully - The UC Women’s Initiative is experiential and relies heavily on full participant contribution
  • Attend all program sessions in their entirety - Locations will be charged for participants who do not complete the program
  • Complete Pre-Work and Pre-Program Survey before the first day of their assigned cohort
  • Complete up to 2 hours of additional work assigned between program sessions

Target Audience

The ideal candidate for this initiative: 

  • Is mid-career faculty, academic personnel or staff from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Office of the President
  • Has demonstrated potential for advancement
  • Supports woman-identified professionals and seeks to learn concepts that improve their effectiveness at work and hear about the career journeys of established UC leaders
  • Has worked at UC Berkeley for a minimum of 2 years

Note: 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.

Program Costs

  • The participant program fee is $1,050. This fee covers all program materials and facilitation fees.
  • The cost of participation in this program is covered by a joint effort from UC Berkeley People & Culture, UC Berkeley's EVCP office and the Vice Provost for the Faculty. 
  • This year's program is virtual, so there should be no fees associated with travel arrangements

Program Timeline

September 9, 2020 UC Berkeley nomination process opens (click here for nomination form)
October 4, 2020 UC Berkeley nomination process closes
October 19, 2020 Nominees will be notified of their selection status
September - November 2020

Cohort 1

Note: Due to the systemwide COVID-19 response and ongoing shelter in place orders, Cohort 2 of the 2020 program and the 2020/2021 program nomination process have been postponed to fall 2020.

January - March 2021 Cohort 2
April - June 2021 Cohort 3

UC Berkeley Nomination Process

In order to be considered as a UC Berkeley candidate for UC WI, all nominees must follow UC Berkeley's nomination process. Please review information below before submitting your nomination. 

Each UC location is allotted a specific number of seats in each cohort to ensure systemwide representation. Each UC location manages their own nomination process to align with the systemwide nomination timeline. UC Berkeley has been allotted 8 participants: 2 faculty, 2 academic personnel and 4 staff.

Access the nomination form here. Nominations are due on Sunday October 4th, 2020.

Nomination Criteria

Nominee's 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.

  • NOTE: 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.

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."

Review the "Nomination Selection Process" section below to view the criteria that the selection committee bases their review process on. We encourage you to address the questions listed below in your nomination. 

Note: If you are nominating someone other than yourself, you are required to include a personal statement from your nominee in your nomination form.

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

Nomination Selection Process

This year's selection committee will consist of graduates from the 2019/2020 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.

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

Internal Contacts

Maddy Irwin

Learning & Development Program Manager

maddyirwin@berkeley.edu

Angela Stopper

Chief Learning Officer & Director of People and Organization Development

astopper@berkeley.edu

Program Contact

Terry Barton

Director, Systemwide Career and Development Programs

teresa.barton@ucop.edu

(510) 587-6297