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Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment

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 nine full-day sessions, offered monthly from September through May. 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.

“At Vanderbilt, we are always looking to develop our leaders, pushing them to new heights,” said Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration. “VLE was crafted in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Divisions of Administration, Information Technology, and Finance. The program will serve as a valuable resource for managers across campus to enhance their leadership styles and increase their emotional intelligence to make better, more informed decisions not only for their teams, but for Vanderbilt as a whole.”

VLE was developed with significant input from Kopstain, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology John Lutz and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Brett Sweet and with support from Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. The program was established to serve and connect staff leaders from academic areas, departments and divisions across the university.

Leaders interested in Class 03 VLE cohort should apply online by Friday, July 9 at 5pm CST. If applying for the first time, please completed the following application form. For candidates who have applied before, please complete the following reapplication form.

The health and safety of our Vanderbilt community are our highest priority. In adherence with the Return to Campus guidelines, we anticipate on creating a hybrid experience for all participants, whether participating in-person or virtually. For more information on the university’s Return to Campus guidelines, please visit the following link.

Meet the Class 02 Cohort

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