UC Tech Academy: Digital Risk Leadership Program 

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The UC Tech Digital Risk Leadership Program strengthens the university’s digital defense by providing advanced leadership training for senior UC professionals in disciplines that collaborate on digital and cyber risk, including security, privacy, legal, audit, law enforcement, risk, compliance and public safety. This program is part of the UC Tech Academy, described below. 

Key facts

  • Program Name: UC Tech Academy: Digital Risk Leadership Program 
  • Target audience and nomination process: A UC-wide network whose work intersects with digital risk, cybersecurity, privacy, legal, audit, law enforcement, compliance and public safety, all of whom are nominated by their chief information officers each year, though self-nominations are accepted, and require manager and unit commitment of funding for tuition, travel and lodging expenses. 
  • Timing: The program occurs approximately every 18 months and consists of two, three-day sessions (for a total of six days), occurring several months apart.
  • Format and location: In-person at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Sponsors: Van Williams and the UC CIO Councils 
  • Contact: Kristin Cordova (see contact details, below) 

Program details

Target audience and nomination process 

UC Community members specializing in digital risk, cybersecurity, privacy, legal, audit, law enforcement, compliance or public safety. The process for candidate nomination is managed locally by each CIO Council representative. In addition, people may self-nominate, in which case they must verify that their department approves all costs, including tuition, as well as travel and lodging, as needed. 

Program learning objectives 

Participants will learn current and emerging digital risk issues, leadership skills including negotiation, conflict resolution, communications and strategic planning and change management techniques. 

Program format and location

Digital Risk Leadership program in 2024 took place in person at UC Berkeley over the course of six days, divided into two, three-day modules. The format includes interactive sessions and in-depth presentations. Courses are taught by faculty from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, UC leadership, and other experts from industry and the public sector.

About the UC Tech Academy 

This program is part of the UC Tech Academy, a suite of professional development programs for the UC Tech community. These programs support a range of job levels, and are generally open to the UC Tech community, which consists of professionals across the university who work in IT. Each program has specific nomination/application processes and criteria. Learn more about the programs that make up the UC Tech Academy by visiting UC Tech Academy Overview.


Kristin Cordova
Kristin Cordova 
Chief of Staff UC
Office of the President

UC Tech Academy Program Director