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CliftonStrengths One-on-One Coaching for Students

Important Programming Update: for the Fall 2020 semester all programming opportunities, including CliftonStrengths coaching, will occur virtually. Your coach will provide you with a virtual access link. Any questions can be directed to

Everybody Needs a Coach! 

“Coaching is all about having someone believe in you and encourage you, about getting valuable feedback, about seeing things from new perspectives and setting your sights on new horizons.” – Author Unknown

The Office of Student Leadership Development offers in-depth one-on-one coaching experiences for students with Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths Coaches!

What is a coach? A coach is a person who invests in and interacts with an individual, partnership, or team for the primary purpose of stimulating, motivating, and facilitating the growth, development, and performance of that individual, partnership, or team.

One-on-One CliftonStrengths Coaching with the Office of Student Leadership Development focuses on five areas of  development:

  1. Self-Awareness: the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals.
  2. Self-Confidence: assurance in one’s personal judgment, ability, and power; the positive belief that in the future one can generally accomplish what one wishes to do.
  3. Self-Compassion: extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering – self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness.
  4. Self-Efficacy: belief in one’s innate ability to achieve goals – belief in one’s own ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task.
  5. Self-Esteem: personal evaluation of one’s own worth.

What’s Your Top 5? 

About CliftonStrengths for Students 

Several years ago, Donald Clifton, Ph.D., asked one question that sparked the birth of Strengths Psychology: “What would happen if we actually study what is right with people?” In partnership with Gallup, the CliftonStrengths assessment was created from the perspective of Positive Psychology. Strengths research was conducted over 3 decades, spanning 30+ cultures, leading to 430+ talents, which were condensed to 34 themes and 4 domains. Everyone may embody all 34 themes, but 5 rise to the top. 

Gallup studies indicate that people who have the opportunity to focus on their Strengths are 6x more likely to be engaged and 3x more likely to thrive on campus and beyond. Come learn about your Strengths and how to apply them in your daily life. Self-awareness is at the heart of good leadership and CliftonStrengths is a great way to develop this skill, while also gaining a deeper awareness of others.


“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you always knew you could be.” – Tom Landry

How to set-up a one-on-one coaching experience:

  1. Submit a CliftonStrengths Coaching Interest Form on Anchor Link
  2. Complete all necessary intake information
  3. Your Coach will send you an access code to complete the CliftonStrengths Assessment if you haven’t taken it previously
  4. Your Coach will set-up an appointment to begin your coaching experience!

Why do we need Coaches? 

  • A coach can help us gain clarity about the situation we are facing.
  • A coach can help us contemplate and think deeply about the situation (explore, experiment, and reflect).
  • A coach can provide the opening for illumination – a new understanding of ourselves and what we can do or become.
  • A coach can help us discover tangible ideas we can put into action.

CliftonStrengths Coaching Frequently Asked Questions

Coaching Request and Intake Form

Meet the Coaches! 

Chance R. Ryon, M.Ed. | Program Coordinator, Student Leadership Development

Chance’s Top 5 Talent Themes: Input | Intellection | Individualization | Adaptability | Empathy

Chance Ryon is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Leadership Development at Vanderbilt. Chance is from the small town of Kenansville, Florida. He received his Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. After graduation, Chance moved to Nashville, TN to pursue a Masters of Education in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Belmont University while serving as the Graduate Assistant for the Department of Fitness and Recreation.

Chance’s passion for leadership comes from his involvement in various leadership roles and experiences in student affairs and higher education, fitness and recreation facility management, non-profit leadership, and student engagement. He has also facilitated workshops for various organizations including the Belmont Office of Leadership Development and the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association. Outside of his work, Chance is often trying new restaurants in Nashville, going out for a run, or catching up on reality tv!

Sara Cope, M.Ed. | Senior Program Coordinator, Events at Vanderbilt

Sara’s Top 5 Talent Themes: Positivity | Harmony | Activator | Developer | Empathy

Hello! I am Sara Cope – a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, specializing in personal development, career coaching, team dynamics, and leadership through Strengths.  With an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, I specifically love working with college students and those pursuing education at all stages of life.  With my number one strength of Positivity, I provide a friendly, warm coaching experience where you can feel comfortable sharing challenges you or your team may be facing.  I believe strongly in the power of using Clifton Strengths in your work and everyday life to become the best version of ‘you.’  There is nobody else just like you in the world, and remembering that this gives you power can be a total game-changer.  If you are interested in having a Strengths coach and you think we would make a good pair, I’d love to offer an introductory consultation.

Nadine De La Rosa, M.Ed. | Assistant Director, Office of Housing and Residential Experience

Nadine’s Top 5 Talent Themes: Achiever | Activator | Relator | Context | Learner

Originally from Bronx, New York; Nadine De La Rosa graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Spanish. She continued to achieve her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University in 2013. Serving as a Student Affairs Professional, her passion lies in working with first-year students to ensure their matriculation through college. Throughout her higher education career, she has created co-curricular educational opportunities that engaged students in exploring Health & Wellness, Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Civic Responsibility, and Resiliency. Nadine believes that every student is unique and capable of leading and living their lives to their fullest potential through the utilization of strengths. She began her formal Clifton Strengths facilitator training in 2012 and attended the accelerators coaching training in 2018.

Nadine currently serves as the Assistant Director for First-Year Engagement & Community Development in the Office of Housing and Residential Experience at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. Also, she is a full-time doctoral student in the Leadership and Learning Organizations program at the Vanderbilt Peabody School of Education. In her academic pursuits, she seeks to enhance her leadership knowledge to lead meaningful and sustainable change across departmental and institutional efforts through innovation, assessment, scholarship, and authenticity that informs decision making.

Coaching Availability Preference: Friday, 9 AM-5 PM