Academy for Diverse Aspiring Nurse Leaders

July 15 - 17, 2024

Nashville, TN

Are you a nurse interested in expanding and supporting diversity and growing your skills to lead? 

Take part in a three-day career planning program to develop your toolkit for success in future leadership roles.  

The Academy for Diverse Aspiring Nurse Leaders was developed by Vanderbilt School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University Medical Center for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, case managers and nurse informaticists with at least three years' experience but not yet in a leadership role.  

The unique, immersive experience is led by recognized local and national leaders with diverse backgrounds in health care and higher education. 

Students in the classroom


What Makes This Program Different?

  • It explores the challenges of being a diverse leader both personally and institutionally.
  • It will provide or enhance your knowledge of  essential leadership principles.  
  • Speakers include local, regional and national leaders.
  • You will begin your personal career planning and mapping.
  • You will learn from—and build —a network of peer aspiring leaders from organizations and experiences all over the country for continued support and community  
  • You’ll benefit from two assigned mentors who will check on your progress toward goal attainment at 6 months and 12 months.
  • You will connect with leaders and peers from underrepresented groups (nurses and non-nurses) and those committed to expanding and supporting diversity in nursing leadership.
  • At each step of the way, you’ll benefit from the authentic stories and experiences of real-life, working leaders who share their hard-earned knowledge and skills with you.    

What You’ll Learn

Over the course of the program, you and your peer aspiring nurse leaders will be empowered through ongoing mentorship, strategic planning and self- discovery where you’ll learn:

  • Theories of leadership and people management
  • Fundamental managerial competencies and finance structure
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Personality assessment 


  • Influences of racism and discrimination on the leadership path and health care
  • How your experiences shape your leadership or instructional style
  • Strategies on how—and why it’s necessary—to build your community of supporters and mentors