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Emily Sauder

Class of: 2016
Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
School: Peabody
Major(s): Human and Organizational Development

Always passionate about serving others, Emily’s understanding of true need increased dramatically when she took several trips overseas during early high school to serve in the poor areas of Johannesburg, South Africa and Tijuana, Mexico. Taken aback by her experiences, Emily and a friend wrote “Three Minutes”, a drama designed to influence others towards a life of service and ministry. After performing it to a local audience, a large non-profit that runs service trips abroad asked for the rights to the script. “Three Minutes” has now been performed as an advertisement for service trips to audiences all across North America. Emily, amazed to see how a simple idea could spread wildly in impact, was inspired to continue finding ways to build her life around teaching and practicing a life of service.

Towards the end of high school, Emily's path was directed even more specifically. Interested in business, she started listening to Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership podcast, which taught highly practical lessons applicable to every type of organization. Emily, a natural analyzer and research lover, was fascinated with how these theories could be applied to help increase the effectiveness of many of the nonprofits she was or had previously worked with. She has since then been propelled to further study organizational theory, hoping to some day be able to help service groups fully maximize their ability to meet the needs of others.

Freshman year at Vanderbilt strengthened and honed her interests in this area. Not only did classes continue to increase her understanding, but she also received hands-on learning through involvement in several service organizations. Two of her favorites were teaching a class of Pakistani boys through Vanderbilt-Pakistan Connection and mentoring an elementary-aged girl through The After-School Program. Emily has a gluten allergy and is excited to serve on the board of Gluten Free at Vandy, a new organization aimed to help fully unite student dietary needs with campus offerings. She is also extremely excited to work with several other Ingram Scholars on the board of Vanderbilt Grassroots, helping students get matched up and committed to service opportunities in the Nashville community. 

Emily is unbelievably honored to become a part of the Ingram community this year. She continues striving to learn about effective service and looks forward to the opportunities Ingram provides in this area. This year, Emily plans to minimize other responsibilities so she can focus even more on her service pursuits and on the learning and research that she hopes will one day allow her to fulfill a core passion in her life: helping others help others.