MEP Overview and Session Descriptions

Program Summary

The Management Enrichment Program (MEP) is designed to provide a framework for enhancing decision-making and leadership skills, particularly in key areas such as strategic planning, financial management, and human resources, along with achieving an understanding of the context in which decisions are made at UCLA.  Ideally, participants have experience as chief administrative/financial managers of academic and administrative departments. Participants in the MEP are expected to occupy positions typically graded at the MSP1 level and above, although consideration will be given to positions at PSS 5 or equivalent.

Upon completion of the program, each participant will have gained an increased understanding of the theory and practice of high-level decision-making, the context within which decisions are made at UCLA, and membership in a broader cohort of UCLA problem solvers/decision-makers.

The MEP consists of 8 sessions, each of which will last approximately 3 - 4 hours. The sessions are intended to be interactive and will be facilitated. Included in each session will be a presentation by subject experts, case-studies and/or group work, presentation/discussion by a panel of UCLA senior managers, and time for Q&A throughout the session.

MEP Overview and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 8:30am – 12:00pm

Location: Carnesale Commons – Venice Room

MEP Overview

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with an overview of program objectives and opportunity to interact with the MEP Executive Sponsors.

Presented by:

 

  • Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck
  • Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Gregg Goldman

Effective Staffing and Compensation Practices

Date: Thursday, January 30, 8:30am – 12:00pm

Location: Covel Commons – West Coast Room

Through case studies, this session will reinforce the critical nature of effective staffing and selection decisions, related key success factors, and compensation strategies.

Presented by:

 

  • Director Linda Gaddie, Compensation, Benefits, & Employment Services,
    Campus Human Resources

Strategic Focus

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 1pm – 4:30pmpm

Location: Carnesale Commons – Hermosa Room

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of strategic planning, the opportunities and challenges facing UCLA, and the leadership skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to meet them. Examples of decision-making will be shared.

Panelists:

 

  • Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck
  • Senior Advisor to the Chancellor Yolanda Gorman
  • Dean Antonio Bernardo, Anderson School
  • Vice Chancellor Mary Osako, Strategic Communications

Leadership and Governance

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 8:30am - noon

Location: Carnesale Commons – Venice Room

This session will provide an overview of leadership principles, challenges faced by senior leaders, and UCLA’s leadership structure within the context of shared governance.

Panelists:

 

  • Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck
  • Academic Senate Chair Michael Meranze,
  • Vice Chancellor Monroe Gorden, Student Affairs
  • Vice Chancellor Louise Nelson, Legal Affairs

Operational to Financial Planning

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Location: Wilshire Center, Suite 1080

This session will help participants translate operational goals and objectives into financial plans that will facilitate achieving desired results.

Presented by:

 

  • Executive Director Sonia Luna, California NanoSystems Institute

Conflict Management and Communication

Date: Thursday, April 16, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Location: Carnesale Commons – Hermosa Room

This session provides an overview of the theory and practice of conflict management, along with practiced examples of employee relations challenges that arise in an academic environment.

Presented by:

 

  • Co-Director Jorge Cherbosque, Staff & Faculty Counseling Center
  • Director Anthony Solana, Employee & Labor Relations, Campus Human Resources

Diversity to Inclusion to Civility

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 8:30am - noon

Location: Carnesale Commons – Hermosa Room

This session will focus on the role of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and CHR Staff Diversity and Compliance. Participants will achieve an in-depth understanding of implicit bias and the manager’s role in ensuring an inclusive and respectful environment at UCLA.

Presented by:

 

  • Director Chandra Bhatnagar, Staff Diversity & Affirmative Action/EEO Compliance Office
  • Vice Chancellor Jerry Kang, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Problem Solving

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 8:30am – 12:00pm

Location: Carnesale Commons – Hermosa Room

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with key principles for problem-solving and a template to use for decision-making.

Presented by:

 

  • Administrative Vice Chancellor Emeritus Jack Powazek, one of the founding sponsors of MEP.

Closing Luncheon

Date: May 18, 11:45pm – 1:15pm

Location: Carnesale Commons – Hermosa Room

Senior leaders, along with participants’ supervisors and MEP presenters, will be invited to attend this culminating luncheon. Certificates of completion will be awarded.