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Thank you to our 2019 PREVAIL attendees!


PREVAIL is an annual FREE leadership, personal, and career development experience open to undergraduate students.

This year, we had a dynamic keynote speaker, one block of concurrent educational sessions (topics included imposter syndrome, strengths-based leadership, career development, and a panel of women who work in majority male careers), LUNCH, and an opportunity to take the CliftonStrengths assessment. If you have any questions about the event, please email or Brianna Nesbitt, Program Coordinator for The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at

Details for PREVAIL 2020 will come soon to this page!

Meet our 2019 Keynote Speaker, Adell Harris.

Adell Harris is an inspirational force dedicated to teaching people and organizations on how to ‘Refuse To Lose’. A best-selling author, speaker, entrepreneur and recently named, chief of staff for the Vanderbilt University Men’s Basketball program.

Adell is best known for her success as a basketball player and coach. Adell is a member of the T. Wingate Andrews High School athletics hall of fame, where she earned a full athletic scholarship to Wake Forest University. During her career as a Demon Deacon, she captured the Joel Coliseum single-game assist record for Women’s Basketball while finishing 10th all-time in career assist.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wake Forest, she went on to pursue a career in collegiate coaching. She began as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she spent six years and helped guide the program to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2007.

In May of 2012, Harris was hired as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she became one of the nation’s youngest NCAA Division I Head Coaches at the age of 31. She has amassed over 100 career wins as a head coach while also graduating every senior she’s coached.

In April 2017, after a 19-year coaching career, Harris decided to resign her position as Head Women’s Basketball Coach to begin a full-time career in public speaking, personal development, and all-out INSPIRATION. In June 2017, she founded Refuse to Lose LLC as a platform for her services. Her mission is to inspire the world to make adversity their advantage and challenge people to enlarge their vision of what’s possible in their lives.


Photos from PREVAIL 2019

If you’re a Vanderbilt student who identifies as a woman who is looking to learn, grow, develop, and be a part of positive personal and community change through a transformational and fun leadership experience then PREVAIL is for you and we strongly encourage you to apply next year!