The first “UC Leadership Impact Award” was awarded to Jennifer Aaron, Assistant Dean in the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL), at the inaugural UC People Management Conference on August 3, 2017. The award recognizes a leader who has demonstrated significant success in developing people. Nominations were solicited from leaders at each UC campus.
Selected from over 320 conference attendees to receive the award, Jennifer is a model of a manager who exhibits her considerable leadership qualities in her everyday work as well as in her activities at the UC system level. Over the years, she has participated in many UC and UCI development opportunities to hone her skills.
“The mark of a great leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Jennifer has always set her standards very high,” says Iain Grainger, Director for UCI Media and OVPTL Communications. “Ultimately, her leadership keeps the team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve that goal; Jennifer translates vision into a reality.”
As a graduate of the UC-CORO Leadership Collaborative, Jennifer continues to meet with the graduates from each cohort to engage in networking and mentoring. As a supervisory coaching skills program facilitator since 2013, she has dedicated herself to helping UCI managers better coach their employees to higher levels of engagement and performance.
“Jennifer is an amazing leader,” says her manager Michael Dennin. “She has a deep understanding of our organization’s mission, but she’s also very tuned in to the wider issues on campus and across the system. Her relationship skills also enable her to plug into what our staff is thinking. She keeps the vision and mission of the organization in front of every decision.”
Jennifer views developing her employees as one of her key responsibilities. So it’s no surprise that her staff nominated her for the 2017 UCI Staff Assembly Excellence in Leadership award.
Jennifer truly exemplifies the leadership qualities that the UC Leadership Impact Award was intended to honor. On behalf of the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, we congratulate Jennifer for this prestigious award.