Vanderbilt Leadership Academy and Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment welcome new cohorts

Vanderbilt Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team announces the start of new sessions for Vanderbilt Leadership Academy (VLA) and Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment (VLE).

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 furthering the 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 leaders, how they effectively interact with others, and how they can prepare to lead the organization for the future.

The 11th VLA class is comprised of 30 leaders from 21 schools and departments. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver and the university vice chancellors helped kick off the new session.

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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 frontline supervisor and director. This university-wide program consists of multiple sessions currently offered in a virtual setting. 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.

This session of VLE welcomes 27 participants into its third class in partnership with Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain and Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer Cleo Rucker.

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