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Ryan Leadbeater

United States Army
MBA Candidate, Class of 2023
Owen Graduate School of Management

“By collaborating with accomplished veterans across the Vanderbilt community, scholars can continue to serve a greater purpose while pursuing their studies at a prestigious academic institution.”

Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

I graduated from West Point in 2015 and served as a Field Artillery officer for 6 years at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA and Fort Campbell, KY. The most memorable parts of my Army career centered around the people I met. Whether leading soldiers or working as part of driven teams, I cherished the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with people from across America.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

I welcome the opportunity to share the lessons from my military career with the Vanderbilt community. I hope to lead by example and impart the importance of culture, character, and grit to my peers. In doing so, I hope to encourage insightful dialogue so we can grow together.

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

I plan to study finance and operations at Owen to pivot to a career in healthcare after graduation.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

The Bass Military Scholars Program is means of continued service after leaving the military. By collaborating with accomplished veterans across the Vanderbilt community, scholars can continue to serve a greater purpose while pursuing their studies at a prestigious academic institution.