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CliftonStrengths Coaching

The Office of Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service (SOLS) offers personalized coaching sessions for both individual students and groups. All of our coaches are certified by Gallup to utilize strengths-based development techniques and interpret CliftonStrengths assessments. 

Coaching Session Categories 

CliftonStrengths Assessment Interpretation 

The CliftonStrengths assessment identifies where an individual or team’s greatest potential for building strengths exists. This online assessment takes about an hour to complete. You’ll receive a personalized report that identifies your top five talent themes. A coach will assist you in understanding and developing these talents and forming them into your greatest strengths. To learn more about the CliftonStrengths assessment, click here 

Campus Involvement 
Connect to involvement opportunities that match your interests and goals. Develop an understanding of how Anchor Link can aid in searching for opportunities.

Leadership Development
Gain an understanding of the various techniques and tools that can enhance leadership skills and outcomes. Consult about specific situations and challenges in your leadership role(s). 

Organization and Team Success
Identify your organization’s needs and discuss possibilities to further your organization’s growth, including funding, financial management, team building, and event planning/management. 

Service and Community Engagement
Learn how to be an active citizen in our community. Various volunteer and philanthropy opportunities that align with your values can be explored. 

Scheduling Appointments and Workshops 

Individual Coaching Sessions 

Read more about our coaches and their areas of focus, listed below. After you’ve selected the coach you’d like to meet with, select their Calendar link to schedule your session with them. Please complete this coaching intake form at least a week prior to your coaching session. 

Group Workshops 

If your organization, team, or group within a department would like to schedule one or more group workshops, please complete this Anchor Link form at least 3 weeks in advance of your preferred workshop date(s). 

CliftonStrengths Assessment Access

If you would like to schedule a CliftonStrenghts coaching individual appointment, you will need to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment prior to meeting with your coach. To learn more about the CliftonStrengths assessment, click here. 

For any individual students seeking Strengths coaching, the CliftonStrengths assessment code will be provided free of cost. For any groups, organizations, or departments, codes will need to be purchased. Please contact DeAnte’ Smith for pricing or any questions regarding codes. 

Meet the Coaches 

Students can schedule an individual coaching session with any member of our Strengths coaching team. Each coach has topical areas in which they focus, but they welcome all students to engage on the aforementioned coaching categories. To learn more about each coach, visit the SOLS Meet the Staff webpage.  

Click on your preferred coach’s Calendar link to schedule an individual appointment. Please complete a coaching intake form and submit it to your coach at least one week prior to your appointment. 

DeAnte’ Smith 

DeAnte’ serves as the Director of SOLS. He has a passion for student engagement, student development, and working with student organizations. He is committed to developing students and building relationships at Vanderbilt.

Areas of focus: professional preparation; specialized student populations (Black, first-generation, first-year); transition to college/graduate school

Schedule a coaching appointment with DeAnte’ here.

If you have any questions regarding Strengths coaching, please contact DeAnte’ Smith at