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Employee Learning & Engagement

Welcome to the website for HR's Employee Learning & Engagement team. 

The Employee Learning and Engagement (ELE) team unlocks the potential of every Vanderbilt employee by offering innovative and meaningful learning experiences, creating space to foster conversations and connections, and encouraging a culture of learning and growth.

Our vision is for every employee to feel connected and integral to Vanderbilt’s mission, empowered to invest in themselves and succeed in their role, engaged in the campus community, and inspired to design their best future.

We invite you to explore our site for more information.

We serve and support employees, leaders, and teams across the university through offering:

  • Leadership and professional development opportunities
  • Team and individual coaching
  • Team building
  • Training workshops
  • Customized learning opportunities and facilitation services
  • New Staff Orientation
  • New Leader Orientation
  • Employee appreciation & recognition

We invite you to meet our team and connect with us.

Contact us

Employee Learning and Engagement Team

Vanderbilt University Human Resources
110 21st Ave South, Ste. 1000
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 322-8320

Campus Mail
PMB 407700
2301 Vanderbilt Place

We believe that every member of the Vanderbilt community can grow and lead, regardless of their title or position. Our goal is to provide you with opportunities and resources that equip you to be your best self while succeeding in your role and as a member of the larger Vanderbilt University community. Whether you hope to develop a new skill for your current role, advance your skills to progress in your career journey or connect with fellow employees who are focused on professional growth, we are here to support you.

We invite you to engage with us during our new, live virtual learning experiences, designed exclusively for our Vanderbilt community and led by our ELE team.

Our learning experiences feature three participation levels, which will guide you in selecting learning opportunities that are a good fit for you, your schedule and your energy. We want you to have the opportunity to participate in the way that is most meaningful, valuable and growth-focused yet comfortable for you.

ELE participant levels

To register for any learning experience, please visit our workshop descriptions, or search for “ELE” in Oracle(navigate to the Learning tile)


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Established in 2019, Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment (VLE) is designed to develop key leadership skills and competencies for staff who are managers or operational leaders demonstrating high potential, and whose leadership position is between front-line supervisor and director. This university-wide program consists of eight full-day sessions, offered monthly from September through April. The program aims to help participants enhance their leadership self-awareness and increase their institutional knowledge. VLE will help develop their ability to work effectively with a team, lead during times of change, manage both complex and simple projects, deal with conflict and set departmental goals and direction.


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Established by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in 2011, Vanderbilt Leadership Academy (VLA) is a learning experience that brings together a diverse group of university leaders from both academic and administrative areas to increase their knowledge in leading at Vanderbilt as well as their passion for furtheringthe institution’s values and mission. The program is designed to sharpen awareness of personal performance as a leader, promote behaviors that reflect learning and leading agility, demonstrate composure and presence both internally and externally and consider stakeholders’ interests, core values and data in decision-making. The program focuses on helping the participants discover who they are as a leader, how they effectively interact with others and how they can prepare to lead the organization for the future. The sessions feature speakers from both internal and external to Vanderbilt, specialized workshops, behavioral assessments and lunch connectors with senior leaders. Each year, approximately 25 to 30 participants are nominated by Vice Chancellors and formally selected by the Chancellor. Since its inception, 245 leaders have participated within the program.

If you would like to learn more about VLE or VLA, please visit our Leadership Development page. Direct all inquiries to

Organizational effectiveness & development is a planned effort - through process, planning and systems - for a work group and/or the organization, managed by leadership and supported by employees. Employee Learning & Engagement offers the following services to support you, your team and your department, as we work together as One Vanderbilt in support of the University:

  • Coaching
  • Retreats and team building
  • Customized learning and development

To begin a request for a departmental experience, we invite you to complete the departmental request form. If you questions, please contact us by email.

Additional resources:

  • The HR Consulting, Employee and Labor Relations team helps to foster supervisor and employee relationships and providing guidance to employees and leaders on strategic people initiatives, workforce analysis, policy creation, interpretation and guidance, leave management, employee and labor relations, workers' compensation, discipline and performance management, leader and employee training
  • The Wond’ry offers an Innovation and Design Workshop, designed for any business or work unit on the campus who are looking to solve their problems creatively. For more information on The Wond’ry Innovation and Design Workshop, please see this flyer 


Our Employee Learning and Engagement team has selected resources on a variety of relevant topics, including career growth, communication, leadership, mentorship and teamwork, to share with you.

These resources –from TED talks and self-paced courses to infographics and books- offer you an opportunity to learn and grow at your own pace, as you have time, energy and interest.

We invite you to engage with these resources and connect with us to share your experience and takeaways.

Leading at VU is a flexible, self-paced learning experience, open to any employee who would like

  1. to build or enhance their knowledge of managerial policies at VU, and
  2. to develop or enhance their leadership skills.      

Self-paced modules in Leading at VU include: Compliance and Supervisory Fundamentals, FMLA, Title IX, Protection of Minors and more.

For more information, visit the Leading at VU page.

Please direct all inquries to