IT Leaders Program (ITLP)

About the Program

Since 2006, 84 IT professionals from across campus have graduated from the IT Leaders Program (ITLP), a keystone offering from MOR Associates (MOR), a company that has been supporting, advising, and developing leaders since 1983. Targeted for senior managers and directors, ITLP is one of several leadership programs offered by MOR. This multi-track program is based on bringing small cohorts of leaders together across multiple institutions for intensive workshops over a ten-month period. Berkeley has participated with many other higher education institutions over time, including Stanford, NYU, Columbia, Rice, UT Austin, to name a few.

The investment Berkeley has made in people through the IT Leaders Program through so many years has brought numerous benefits to the campus, both through the strong leadership of our many alumni in units across UC Berkeley, as well as the contributions our alumni have made together. The alumni group came up with the idea of building community across campus IT staff, an effort that ultimately became the One IT initiative. Alumni have also provided collaborative leadership in the development and execution of the IT Strategic Plan. Individual alumni cohorts have been involved in bringing learnings from the program back to the campus community through work with the IT Managers’ Forum (ITMF), and more.

Program Objectives

  • To enhance the professional and personal development of senior staff who will play increasingly important management and leadership roles.
  • To explore opportunities for each individual to make sustainable improvements in their effectiveness. 
  • To gain a heightened perspective on strategic issues facing higher education institutions post-pandemic.
  • To evolve each individual’s capabilities to build a diverse workforce and create an inclusive work environment.
  • To strengthen relationships and foster collaboration within and across the participating universities.

Program Design

The program provides a variety of learning opportunities encompassed in the following four tracks starting with the individual track which will span over ten months. Some workshops will meet in person at host universities and others will meet virtually.

The Individual Development Track

Each participant will create and pursue an individual development plan. The process includes 360° feedback, a self-assessment, and establishing personal goals. Individuals will work with an executive coach and receive a number of one-to-one coaching sessions. This component supports participants in doing the individual “work on self” which is a critical dimension of the program. To best meet each individual where they are and give them a running start into this development experience, this track will be the primary focus of the initial three months and include the following activities:

  • Jan. 2022: Orientation prior to program launch. Registration and 360° survey.
  • Feb. 2022: MOR coach 360° debrief with the participant with guidance on creating a development plan with goals and applied practices.
  • Feb. - March 2022: Participants begin working on their development plans, joining affinity groups with a similar focus to exchange insights, and start working with learning teams on Workshop I presentations.
  • March - Oct. 2022: Coaches continue to meet with each participant and with affinity groups and learning teams.

The Applied Learning Track

Because this engagement is spaced over ten months and integrates real-life challenges, client cases, and application assignments, participants have the
opportunity to immediately put into practice what they learn and the opportunity to expand on their learning when they convene in affinity groups and in
the later workshops.

The Leadership Community Track

The program puts considerable emphasis on building a leadership community. Workshops are interactive; affinity groups are charged with work between sessions; participants are assigned peer coaches. The bonds formed during the program become currency for getting things done across the organization. Participants learn from each other, rely on each other, and sustain their relationships well beyond the program.

The Workshop Track

Intensive workshop sessions, focused on providing conceptual frameworks, building selected competencies, and introducing tools needed to fulfill the leadership and management roles particular to universities. The workshops are spaced across six months, each with application assignments to be completed between the sessions. Leaders from sponsoring organizations will be presenting to the cohort as well.

  • March 8-10, 2022 at University of Arizona - Workshop I: Becoming an Agile, Strategic Leader
    • Defining Leadership
    • Distinguishing Between Leading-ManagingDoing
    • Leaders Create an Inclusive Environment
    • Strategic Thinking in a Higher Ed IT
    • Environment
    • A Strategic Planning Process
    • Strategic Issues for Your Area
    • Your Leadership Journey
  • May 4-5, 2022 Virtually - Workshop II: Leading Change
    • The Leader’s Role in Bringing About the Needed Evolution
    • Leadership Involves Exercising Influence
    • What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Making Sustainable Changes
    • Strategies for Leading Changes in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Your University
  • June 28-30, 2022 at Notre Dame - Workshop III: Your Leadership Foundation
    • Emotional Intelligence, How Is Your EQ?
    • Mental Models and How They Can Lead to Bias
    • Reflections on Identity, Authenticity and Inclusion
    • Leadership as Performance Art
  • Sept. 14-15, 2022 Virtually - Workshop IV: Strategic Talent Development
    • Attracting and Developing Talent: Your Most Strategic Asset
    • Building a Diverse Workforce
    • Addressing Workplace Bias
    • Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Everyone’s Leadership Imperative
    • Leading in a Hybrid Workplace

2022 UC Berkeley ITLP Program 

Workshop Dates

  • Jan.-March 2022 - Individual Development Track: 360, Coaching, Work-on-Self, and Group Work
  • March 8-10, 2022 at University of ArizonaWorkshop I: Becoming an Agile, Strategic Leader
  • April TBD, 2022 Virtually - Applied Learning Meet Up *
  • May 4-5, 2022 Virtually - Workshop II: Leading Change
  • May TBD, 2022 VirtuallyApplied Learning Meet Up *
  • June 28-30, 2022 at Notre DameWorkshop III: Your Leadership Foundation
  • July TBD, 2022 VirtuallyApplied Learning Meet Up *
  • Sept. 14-15, 2022 VirtuallyWorkshop IV: Strategic Talent Development
* Applied Learning Meet Ups allow participants to do a deeper exploration on topics of interest from the workshops.

Functional Sponsor

Liz Marsh, Executive Director for Strategy & Partnerships and Chief of Staff

group of people working at table during an ITLP workshop