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The Leadership Studio

The Leadership Studio is a space for students to acquire, practice, and exercise their leadership skills. Studio sessions will give participants the opportunity to learn about key elements of serving as a leader including motivation, communication, accountability, feedback, and prioritization. Students will leave with an action plan to implement practices into their leadership behavior. They will also receive a follow-up guide with relevant resources that will allow them to continue the work engaged in during the session.  Click here for more information.

Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence

This year, Student Leadership Development and Student Organizations have transitioned what was formerly known as the Magnolia Awards into the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence (VALE). The mission of VALE is to celebrate the work of student leaders and organizations that strengthens and fosters a diverse and transformative Vanderbilt community. These awards also recognize efforts that encourage members of this community to engage in a life-long pursuit of excellence in personal and social development.

Every spring, an award ceremony is held to celebrate award recipients and their work on behalf of the campus community. Currently, this event is open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff members. Whether you are an award recipient, a student organization member showing support, or just a spectator, we invite you to be a part of this memorable experience. Students who complete My Vanderbilt Experience will also be recognized at the awards ceremony. The 2019 Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence Ceremony will be held on April 3 in the Student Life Center. Please check back for more details.  Learn more.


We are looking for social influencers, leaders of all types, change agents, positive personas, advocates, allies, activists, servants, compassionate critics, bosses, feminists, dreamers, doers, observers, skeptics, survivors, people who motivate others, those who need to be motivated, people who get stuff done and those who are trying to figure out how to get stuff done.  Learn more


spark*sessions are an opportunity for DOS Staff Members and Campus Partners to engage in personal and professional development in a relaxed environment. We’ll explore a popular book that aims to help you become your best self in all areas of your life. Learn more


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxVanderbilt University, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxVanderbiltUniversity event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Learn more about TEDxVanderbiltUniversity.

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 Clifton StrengthsFinder 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. If you are wondering what your Top 5 Strengths are and how to utilize them in your daily life, join us for a StrengthsQuest Workshop or request a personalized workshop to benefit your student organization, staff, or executive team! We ask that requests are made at least 3 weeks prior to your preferred workshop date. Please contact Chance Ryon,, for more information.