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UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development (UCWI)

The UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development is an experiential program designed to cultivate connections across the UC

2024 Nominations/Applications will open in February 2024
All UC Davis and UC Davis Health employees are eligible

The Ideal Participant:

  • Is a mid-career woman employee - academic or staff - or supports women professionals.
  • Has demonstrated potential for advancement or career growth, though this is not a focused management development program.
  • Supports women professionals at UC Davis and seeks to learn concepts that improve their effectiveness at work.
  • Understands this is not a management development program.


Participants will strengthen skills and confidence through hands-on practice with a range of tools, that could be applied to leadership roles, including:

  • Self-awareness and reflection
  • Professional development and impact
  • Strategic relationship building
  • Developing and delivering a compelling narrative regarding one’s professional accomplishments and vision
  • Negotiating for yourself at work

Selection Process:

Participants are selected from across UC Davis Campus and Health through a nomination process and then attend one of the three northern California cohorts. Scheduling of the selected participants into cohorts will be coordinated by UC Office of the President.

  • The $1,250 registration fee for each participant will be paid by the Office of the Chancellor.
  • Time Commitment: Each cohort is made up of four sessions. The first and last sessions are each one and a half days, the remaining sessions are one day each.
  • Timeline: Multiple cohorts will be scheduled during the 2023-24 academic year to accommodate participants' schedules.  

About UCWI:

UCWI is administered by Systemwide Talent Management and sponsored by the President's Office and the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW).