“Be An Anchor Leadership Program” Announces Partnership

Student-athlete initiative to couple with Growing Leaders for 2019-20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt student-athlete development has announced its newly-formed partnership between the department’s “Be An Anchor Leadership Program” and Growing Leaders, an international, non-profit organization with a mission to equip today’s young people to become the life-giving leaders of tomorrow.

Growing Leaders has joined the initiative by inviting one junior and one senior student-athlete from each Vanderbilt varsity program to “Have One, Be One, Grown One, Have an Anchor, Be An Anchor, Grow an Anchor.”

The “Be An Anchor Leadership Program” was created in 2018. One junior and one senior student-athlete from each of Vandy’s varsity teams patterned with leaders on campus, in the Nashville area and abroad.

Objective for members of the “Be An Anchor Leadership Program” develop leadership skills pertinent to themselves, their team and their community. Members are also asked who they are as a leader, how they effectively interact with others and how they prepare to lead their team and represent Vanderbilt to their best potential.

The program has continued into 2019-20 with an added focus on discussing mental health, all-in commitment, responsibility and ownership, emotional intelligence, handling conflict, teammate development and communication with clarity.

Growing Leaders founder and CEO Tim Elmore and his team provide schools, universities, organizations and corporations with the tools they need to help develop young leaders who can impact and transform society.

“We are honored to lock arms with Vanderbilt’s athletic department to grow leaders on their campus,” Growing Leaders said in a statement. “Katelen (Robertson) and Alison (Wenzel) have created a phenomenal process to prepare these incredible young men and women with the skills they need to lead in real life.

“Our research shows that teaching with images enhances learning by upward of 400 percent – and the next generation loves images. We are helping Vanderbilt leverage that to infuse imagery into their leadership programming.”

For a full list of participants in the program click here.