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Leaders Heart Lunch

About Leaders Heart Lunch

Do you wonder what the greatest minds in Nashville think and say about leadership?  Are you curious about the way they build leaders and impact their communities?  Would you like to know how they became leaders in their field? Get your questions answered at Leaders Heart Lunch (LHL).

This monthly lunch series will give you the opportunity to learn about the experiences of leaders at Vanderbilt and in the Nashville community.  It will provide you with the chance to connect with knowledgeable people that are passionate about their work and can offer you valuable insight on becoming an impactful student leader.


During the lunch the speaker delivers a dynamic 15-minute talk on their leadership journey.  This will be followed by 45 minutes of question-and-answer, guided by you – the students.  This will be your chance to have all of your burning questions answered and gain valuable leadership insight.

Benefits of Leaders Heart Lunch

In addition to a wonderful lunch and access to great advice, you will also have the opportunity to connect with people who can help you make the most out of your leadership experience.

Who Can Attend These Lunches

Leaders Heart Lunch is open to all undergraduate students who are genuinely interested in attending.  Please note that this event is limited to 20 students per lunch.

How Do I Sign Up?

If you would like to attend a Lunch, you must complete a “Intent To Attend ” form on Anchor Link.  You will be asked to share about your interest in the discussion topic and how attending will enrich your experience at Vanderbilt.

You will be asked to login with your VUNetID and password.  Please note that we will have a speaker once per month.  Therefore we ask that you return to this page for updates. Once the speaker is announced on this page, you will have access to complete the ‘Intent To Attend” form for the corresponding lunch.

What If I Cannot Make It For Lunch?

You are expected to be part of the entire engagement. Therefore, we ask that you plan for this event in advance.  However, if you will not be able to stay or realize that you cannot be present for this entire event, we kindly request that you let us know as soon as possible so that we may reach out to one of our alternate applicants.  You can send an email to wil.delossantos@vanderbilt.edu

Who Do I Contact If I have Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact wil.delossantos@vanderbilt.eduor visit us in Sarratt 339.


Scheduled Lunches Fall 2014






“Blazing A Trail In Leadership”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Marisa Richmond

Marisa served as a Delegate in the 2008 National Democratic Convention.  Elected as the first openly transgender Delegate ever from the state of Tennessee and the first African American transgender Delegate in the United States, she has valuable leadership insight and a passion for leadership in politics and the LGBT community.  We invite you to have lunch with us and learn about her work as a leader in the Nashville community.

Date: Tuesday, November 11
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Location: Sarratt 331

If you are interested in attending, please complete the “Intent To Attend ” form. Please note that acceptance to this lunch will be based on the quality of your completed form. Questions may be addressed to wil.delossantos@vanderbilt.edu .


“Servant Leadership”
Guest Speaker: Tom Ward, President and CEO, Oasis Center

Ever wonder what it means to serve others? Why is servant leadership so important when it comes to inspiring others? Join us and find out what servant leadership looks like from the experience of our guest.

Date: Monday, October 6
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Location: Sarratt 189

Read Tom’s bio here.





“Being A Young Professional In A Thriving City”
Guest Speaker: Corey Davis, Director of Business Growth Initiatives, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

The city of Nashville is rapidly growing and has a lot to offer Vanderbilt students. Join us to find out how you can get involved and learn about the resources that exist in music city.  Learn about the life of a young professional and how you can thrive in this city.

Read Corey’s bio here.

Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Sarratt 189