Apply for VLE, new leadership development opportunity for managers, through Aug. 9

Applications are now being accepted for the Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment (VLE) program. 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 participants 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.

VLE was developed with significant input from Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Brett Sweet and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology John Lutz, with support from Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

“I am eager to see the VLE program launch and am confident both that it will have important developmental impact on the attendees and that it will take us to the next level of cross-team collaboration, which is so crucial for Vanderbilt’s evolution,” Lutz said.

VLE session topics include:

  • Overviews of higher education and of Vanderbilt
  • Leadership self-awareness
  • Basic project management
  • Presentation skills
  • Facilitation
  • Building team effectiveness
  • Coaching and delegation
  • Difficult conversations
  • Leading innovation and change
  • Unconscious bias

Leaders interested in VLE should apply online by Aug. 9. Complete this form to submit your application.

The inaugural cohort will consist of 24 participants selected from a breadth of departments across the institution.  Please direct inquiries to