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Annual OoI Awards

Starting in 2022, the Office of Investments introduced two new awards for staff members. These awards are presented annually to employees who have been recommended by their peers and then selected by the OoI Leadership Team

OoI MVP Award

Vanderbilt is a community dedicated to the lifelong realization of our potential. The Office of Investments thrives on that spirit of perpetual growth and collectively striving to succeed. We are committed to protecting and growing the endowment assets to support the University and its mission in perpetuity. We do this by continuously looking for ways to improve our processes, challenging the status quo, and generating new ideas to advance our work. 

The OoI MVP Award is presented annually to a staff member who advanced this mission by making a significant impact on a process, investment, project, or initiative. This individual went the extra mile, problem-solved, or innovated in important ways, and thereby made a positive impact on our department, the university, and our endowment.

OoI Ultimate Team Player Award

A successful culture of teamwork can be characterized as an environment marked by the shared belief that the organization can move forward most effectively when collaboration and cooperation are at the heart of thinking, planning, and decision-making. At OoI, teamwork and collaboration are part of our core values.

The  OoI Team Player Award  is presented annually to a staff member who fosters collaboration, approaches his or her work with a team-based mentality, embodies a mindset of solutions and new ideas that help push the team forward, and helps shape and grow OoI culture. This individual positively influences the work environment, achieves goals, and overcomes obstacles.

2022 Recipients 


OoI Kudos & Employee of the Month

Each month, OoI collects Kudos from staff who want to spotlight their co-workers, managers, and direct reports. Kudos are a lighthearted way to give encouragement and thank others for their hard work. At the end of the month all employees who have received a kudo are eligible to win Employee of the Month.  Winners pass around the Employee of the Month trophy to display on their desk. 

2022 Employee of the Month Recipients

April - Danielle Thebeau
May - Roy Yum
June - LeAnne Huber
July - Cubbedge Snow
August - Max Chmelik
September - Ryan Miller
October - Roy Yum (2nd Win!) 
November - The Commodore Conference Room Mondopad
December - TBD