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The UC Women's Initiative (UC WI) is an experiential professional development program for women designed to elevate women in leadership, establish a pipeline for advancement, and contribute to women’s and UC's success. UC WI is sponsored by the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) and the UC Office of the President, and is delivered by CORO. The program was awarded the 2018 Brandon Hall Group Gold Excellence Award for Best Advance in Women’s Leadership Development in 2018.


Each year UC collaborates with CORO, a prestigious national non-profit leadership development organization, to provide two distinct systemwide development programs for UC faculty and staff – the UC Executive Leadership Collaborative, designed for direct reports to a Dean or Vice Chancellor, and the UC Women’s Initiative (UC WI), which is a targeted professional development program designed to prepare more women for advancement within UC.

There will be a total of two southern California cohorts in 2020, taking place as follows:

Cohort 1:  January – March, at UC Riverside (UCR)
Cohort 2:  April- June, at UC Los Angeles (UCLA)

Thank you for your interest. The nomination/application period has ended. Please check back for the next program dates.
Participant Nomination
Criteria and Program Requirements
The Program is open to the following:
  • Mid-career faculty, academic personnel and staff from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Office of the President
  • Someone who has demonstrated potential for advancement
Participants should expect the following 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 path
Participant criteria:
  • Women in mid-career who demonstrate the potential to advance in their careers at UC
  • Current faculty, academic personnel and staff
  • Represent the diversity at each UC location
  • Represent different functions and departments at each location
  • Able to commit to the program with full attendance and participation at all sessions
  • Able to complete intersession assignments which require up to two hours between seminars
  • Have the written support of their supervisor or Chancellor Cabinet Member
Program 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

Individuals may be nominated or may apply to participate in the program.

  • Program fee of $1,925 per participant plus participant
    • By nominating and selecting an individual, the location is agreeing to payment of the $1,925 participant fee and participant travel expenses
  • Two Southern California regional cohorts for 2020; each cohort will consist of 30 women from across Southern California locations
  • 4.5 days program per cohort
  • A single request for nominations to fill both cohorts
  • Nominations require commitment and support by a nominating sponsor that the nominee will attend all sessions, additional project work sessions, and graduation. 

If you have questions regarding this program, please review the 2020 WI Program FAQs or contact Human Resources.