Google Partners with UCI’s Merage School to Advance the Future Leaders Initiative

September 20, 2022 • By The UCI Paul Merage School of Business

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UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business has partnered with Google for the next phase of its Future Leaders Initiative (“FLI”) program, providing relevant and critical content to support the development of leaders in today’s digitally driven world. In addition to sessions involving Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Innovation, Real Estate, and Health Care, Merage School FLI students will now gain access to a suite of professional certificates from Google ranging from Data Analytics, Digital Marketing, UX Design, IT Automation, and Project Management.

Google has funded 500 scholarships to their professional certificate programs to sponsor this year’s current Future Leaders Initiative (FLI) cohort as well as future cohorts. These Google certificates will equip FLI students with job-ready skills and enable them to access over 1,500,000 in-demand job openings across these certificate fields with the median salary ranging at $66,000 (USD). These certificates allow our students to complete at their own pace with approximated 10 hours of flexible study per week. Upon completion, 75% of program graduates report an improvement in their career within 6-months of their program completion.

“Our premise is simple. The program is based around three ideas: awareness, access and ambition,” said UCI Merage School Dean Ian Williamson. “Give them the means by which they can unleash the potential they have inside themselves. And that’s the future leaders we are trying to create.”

FLI is a community outreach and certificate program that fosters social mobility and socioeconomic growth through a focused, six-week learning model. UCI partnered with local high schools and community colleges in underserved areas to invite students seeking advanced professional training and mentorship in the realms of entrepreneurship, business and technology to take part in this Summer’s inaugural workshop series. FLI attracts talent by leveraging UCI’s leading-edge curriculum and globally renowned faculty to provide a tailored business education to an ambitious cohort of future leaders.



Through targeted lectures, real-world simulations and group activities, students explore careers at the intersection of technology and business while gaining the necessary personal and financial skills needed to thrive in a digitally driven work environment. At the core of the program, FLI intends to address the underrepresentation of communities historically overlooked in the business sector by preparing students from low-income areas to attend a four-year university, graduate with a degree in Business and feel confident in commanding space for themselves within the industry of their choosing.

"Student success is built through learning and mentorship that embraces diverse backgrounds,” says Dean Ian O. Williamson. “With this in mind, The Paul Merage School of Business provides opportunities that enhance the social and economic well-being of our students’ diverse communities. This can only be done by harnessing technology and attracting innovative researchers and top international faculty, in partnership with leading global and local businesses.”

To learn more about how FLI provides underserved students exposure to business career options and early college preparation, thus creating an essential foundation for this pipeline, please visit


About the Future Leaders Initiative

The Merage School Future Leaders Initiative (FLI) guides, inspires, and empowers high school and community college students from Southern California’s underserved communities. A community outreach and certificate program consisting of remote and in person courses, FLI focuses on delivering a tailored business education, providing access to financial literacy courses, with the goal of encouraging university enrollment, increasing college readiness and preparing students for careers at the intersection of business, technology and entrepreneurship. The Future Leaders Initiative leverages UCI’s state-of-the-art educational resources, the expertise of globally renowned faculty and leading-edge curricula to offer hands-on mentorship and professional training in these crucial academic areas.


About The Paul Merage School of Business

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers three dynamic MBA programs—PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees—that prepare business leaders for our digitally driven world. Through our programs, students acquire the exceptional ability to grow their organizations through strategic innovation, analytical decision-making, digital information technology, and collaborative execution. The Merage School ranks consistently among the top five percent of all business programs worldwide through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network, and close relationships with individual business executives and global corporations. To learn more, please visit


About Grow with Google

We are always inspired to see what people do when they have access to technology. We know that people are changing the world through their own creativity and passion and that sometimes technology lends a hand. So we wanted to do our part to make sure that technology brings opportunity to everyone.

Now more than ever, Americans need digital skills to land the jobs they want, advance their careers, and grow their businesses. Grow with Google aims to help by providing training, tools and expertise.

Since 2017, more than eight million Americans1 have grown their businesses and careers with help from Grow with Google’s trainings and in-person workshops. And through a network of more than 8,000 partner organizations1 - including local libraries, schools, and nonprofits—more people across the country have access to our online tools and flexible programs.

We believe that technology has the power to unlock new opportunities for growth. When those opportunities are available to everyone, communities across the country can achieve their full potential. To learn more, please visit: