DFA Lean In Network

DFA Lean In Network is a group of DFA staff who meet regularly providing opportunities for skills development, networking, inspiration, and support. Virtual sessions are held monthly to discuss pre-selected educational topics facilitated by DFA Lean In Champions.

This network offers resources as well as a collaborative and supportive space for all interested DFA staff to pursue opportunities for skills development, networking, and inspiration, with a special focus on women professional development.

The DFA Lean In Network adheres to UCI's Principles of Community and the Lean In fundamentals of

  • Confidentiality: What happens in the network stays in the network
  • Communication: Communicate openly, honestly, and with empathy
  • Commitment: Be fully present and invested in the success of all

Contact us with any questions or suggestions about this site at WithUForU@uci.edu.

DFA Lean In Champions

Each monthly topic is facilitated by a different DFA Lean In Champion. The DFA Lean In Champions are volunteers across our division who leaned in and raised their hand to prepare and facilitate a session. Featured below are DFA Lean In Champions for 2022:

  • Amie Chick, UCI Transportation & Distribution Services
  • Genevieve Yulo, Office of the CFO & Vice Chancellor
  • Griselda Duran, UCI Accounting & Fiscal Services
  • Isabella Ranck, UCI Facilities Management
  • Jeniffer DeLara Vallejo, UCI Police Department
  • Jessica Alvarez, Office of the CFO & Vice Chancellor
  • Lily Zaprianoff, UCI Procurement Services
  • Marie Rademaker-Alford, UCI UCPath
  • Sheila Nguyen, UCI Transportation & Distribution Services


DFA Lean In Champions commit to facilitating one session per year, for which they prepare a short presentation, attend a preparation session and facilitate the one-hour Lean In session on Zoom (5-7 hrs. total commitment for the year) In addition, DFA Lean In Champions are encouraged to attend the one-hour monthly preparation sessions and Lean In Sessions for their peers, if they are able to, as well as help popularize the Lean In Sessions among their coworkers and teams, as well as through the DFA Lean In Network SharePoint site. If you are interested in becoming a DFA Lean In Champion, email us at WithUForU@uci.edu.

Join DFA Lean In Network SharePoint site for additional information and to participate in the conversation.