Career Development and Mentorship Committee

Career Development and Mentorship Committee

If you have any questions or would like to join the BSA Career Development Committee, please send an email to sends e-mail).

Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesday - in-person and online. Please contact for meeting locations and to be added to our listserv.


Sarah Gaugler (Sr. Co-Chair), Contracts and Grants Supervisor, CRA RACC, ERSO / BRS Region 1
Jolie Lam (Jr. Co-Chair), Surgical Robotics / Digital Health Program Manager, CITRIS Health

Committee Members: 

Anna Bellows Meister, Business Intelligence Analyst, Financial Planning and Analysis
Jeremy Brooks, Assistant Director for L&S, Social Impact Lead, Career Center
Angela Chang, Director of Finance, School of Information
Mark Davis, Director of Facilities, Division of Biological Sciences
Angelica Gonzalez, Financial Analyst, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Devin Jones, Manager of Software Development, Berkeley Law
Sanchita Pal, Contracts and Grants Supervisor, CRA RACC, ERSO / BRS Region 1


We understand that deadlines get missed or you’re looking for something different and still want to develop yourself professionally, so here is a list of other helpful staff professional development resources and opportunities: 

  1. Join BSA and/or otherstaff organizations -- to meet and connect informally with peers and those taking on leadership roles. This can be a great way to find informal mentors.

  2. Consider applying to the Management Skills Assessment Program as an Assessee. An additional benefit of this program is that you will develop close connections with other Assessees who may become helpful peer mentors.

  3. Berkeley People Management (BPM) Parts 1, 2, and 3, Career and Professional Development, Technology and Systems Training -  all courses are open and going strong online.

  4. BPM Part 4 - is actively looking for participants for the next cohort. Contact Kathy Mendonca.

  5. Explore the 10+ offerings to grow your supervisory, management and leadership skills, which include training cohorts, manager mastermind groups and communities of practice.

  6. Complete theUC Systemwide People Management certificate program and then you will be eligible to attend theUC People Management Conference

  7. UC Women’s Initiative nomination announcement is coming in the Spring - stay tuned!

  8. BPM Executive Coaching - applications are open, but filling fast.

  9. Ask the Experts - Managers, are you looking to level-up your learning from BPM Part 1: Grow Today, join us for one of these new discussion group sessions.

  10. NOW Conference - focused on supporting staff with their next opportunity at work. This annual conference (typically held in June or July) provides inspiring keynotes, workshops and opportunities to network with attendees, presenters, coaches and recruiters. If July is far away, check out theNOW archives to view workshop recordings online.

  11. 1:1 Career Coaching - appointments now expanded to 45 min. Meet with a UC Berkeley Career Coach for 1:1 private, confidential support to explore additional resources and actions to support your mentoring and career goals.

  12. Sponsored Tuition - one of the truly great perks of working at UC Berkeley. Use the Sponsored Tuition program to earn a Berkeley Extension Certificate and build community through a common skills development experience.

  13. New Grow on the Go Library with additional content coming every week.

  14. Staff Career Fellowship Program - a new way to enhance your career growth.

  15. Wisdom Café Wednesdays will be back! Tell your friends to sign up on the Wisdom Café site, so they too will get this great learning content in their inbox each week. Missed a previous issue of the Wisdom Café, click here to find past newsletters.

  16. Attend the regular staff career development workshop offerings to plan out your career goals and meet/network with colleagues. Workshop topics that can lead to ideas for identifying informal mentorship opportunities include networking, informational interviewing, LinkedIn Basics, and more.

  17. LinkedIn Learning has thousands of courses to help you fulfill your stretch goals and more!

  18. Create your own informal mentorship experience. Identify someone you would like to learn from and schedule an informal meeting/coffee/phone chat. Develop the relationship and continue to stay in touch. Many people can become informal mentors to us without having to be part of any formal program. We, in turn, can also do the same for others. Check out these resources on how to cultivate mentor relationships: