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The Ignite Your Strengths Program

As part of the Ignite Your Strengths Initiative, CliftonStrengths assessments will be offered to incoming first-year undergraduate students, first-year law students and select graduate students at no cost. Teams and units will build activities and reflections to start and continue the conversation about developing strengths throughout the academic year for students who take the assessment.

Our goals for the Ignite Your Strengths Initiative are to:  

  1. Engage students in the process of self-discovery and create a stronger sense of appreciation for others.
  2. Enable conversations to improve individual well-being, developing students to their full potential.
  3. Provide units across campus with a common language of strengths to build our sense of community.

A limited number of no cost assessments will be available for faculty and staff to take the assessment. If you are interested in taking the CliftonStrengths assessment, look to Campus Currents for upcoming dates for training and debrief sessions about this initiative and our work. This is where you can sign up and receive access to take CliftonStrengths. We also schedule “Meetups” for faculty and staff each month to engage in deeper conversations about strengths-based development after they have taken the assessment.

If you and your department are interested in engaging in strengths-based conversations as a team, the Human Resources office is able to partner with you to develop a training using the CliftonStrengths assessment. Please reach out to Jennifer Derry, Director of Talent Management, for further information.

The CliftonStrengths Assessment

The CliftonStrengths assessment—rooted in psychological theory, literature and research—identifies an individuals’ top 5 Signature Themes from Gallup’s developed list of 34 most common talents. Individuals who complete the assessment will be able to identify their talents, develop those talents into strengths, and apply those strengths in experiences in the classroom, in leadership opportunities, in their relationships and in their careers. CliftonStrengths has been used and studied across the world in a wide range of organizations and with people from a variety of backgrounds. CliftonStrengths for students is used by hundreds of colleges and universities, including University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Creighton University, Providence College and more.

Below, you can download research and reports on CliftonStrengths as well as activity workbooks and guides for incorporating CliftonStrengths into student experiences.

The Ignite Your Strengths Initiative is guided by a steering committee representing the Villanova community. The membership of the committee includes:

  • Gabriele Bauer, VITAL
  • Jennifer Derry, Human Resources
  • Alicia Dunphy-Culp, First & Second Year Initiatives
  • Dillon Eppenstein, Residence Life
  • Tracy Fry, Career Center
  • Kevin Grubb, Career Center & Office of the Provost
  • Liam Kavanagh, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Crystal Lucky, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Randy Weinstein, Office of the Provost
  • Jennifer Wiess, Villanova School of Business

Several Villanova faculty and staff members have engaged in training to learn in-depth insights into strengths-based development, the CliftonStrengths assessment and ideas about how to meaningfully discuss this with individuals and groups. These individuals serve as resources to the University community about the Ignite Your Strengths Initiative, the CliftonStrengths assessment and how to empower individuals and groups in strengths-based development.

  • Todd Aagaard, Charles Widger School of Law
  • Stacy Andes, Health Promotion
  • Eloise Berry, Intercultural Affairs
  • Linda Boettcher, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Jennifer Brophy,  Athletics
  • Jeffrey Brown, Student Involvement
  • Christina Butler, Career Center
  • Kathy Byrnes, Student Life
  • Beth Cahill, Career Center
  • Marquis Coates, Center for Access, Success & Achievement
  • Kevin Covington, Center for Access, Success & Achievement
  • Charles Davis, Athletics
  • Kirstin DeFusco Houtz, College of Professional Studies
  • Jennifer Derry, Human Resources
  • Sheila Doherty, Career Center & Alumni Relations
  • Susanne Donovan, Career Center
  • Kelly Dougherty, Residence Life
  • Gayle Doyle, College of Engineering
  • Alicia Dunphy-Culp, First & Second Year Initiatives
  • Anne Fink, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
  • Brian Galloway, Enrollment Management
  • Michele Gianforcaro, Villanova School of Business
  • Kelly Gregg, Villanova School of Business
  • Gregory Grimes, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Kevin Grubb, Career Center & Office of the Provost
  • Emily Harris, Learning Support Services
  • Jennifer Henfey, Charles Widger School of Law
  • Marylu Hill, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Gregory Hoskins, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Kathleen Iacocca, Villanova School of Business
  • Vikram Iyengar, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Jhaakira Jacobs, Career Center
  • Jennifer Joyce, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Stephen Koch, Student Involvement
  • Taylor Landon-Freeman, Career Center
  • Jennifer Liberato, Residence Life
  • Crystal Lucky, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Lael McGann, First & Second Year Initiatives
  • Colleen Meakim, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
  • Victoria Minerva, College of Engineering
  • Meredith Okenquist, Career Center & Alumni Relations
  • Jeanette Paulsen, Career Center
  • Charisma Presley, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Rebecca Rebalsky, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Danielle Ross, McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership
  • Anna Salvati, College of Engineering
  • Stephen Sheridan, Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
  • Michelle Sherman, Campus Ministry
  • Maggie Songer, Career Center
  • Brenda Stover, Villanova School of Business
  • Brigitte Strother, Human Resources
  • Kate Szumanski, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Ann Trail, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Nicholas Tumolo, Dean of Students’ Office
  • Christie Vuoto, Career Center
  • Bridget Wadzuk, College of Engineering
  • David Walsh, Campus Ministry
  • Randy Weinstein, Office of the Provost
  • Jennifer Wiess, Villanova School of Business
  • Mia Wittels, Career Center


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