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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 Clifton Strengths 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.

Additional Resources

Below are some additional resources to learn about CliftonStrengths.

* CliftonStrengths Activity Workbook.pdf
Browse information about activities you can use to engage individuals and groups in dialogue about strengths.
* CliftonStrengths Career Activities.pdf
Browse information about activities you can use to engage individuals and groups in dialogue about the connection between strengths and careers.
* CliftonStrengths and College Students Technical Report.pdf
A report detailing the appropriate use of CliftonStrengths with college students and the psychometric properties of the assessment.
* CliftonStrengths Technical Report Update.pdf
A report about the development and validation of the CliftonStrengths assessment.
* CliftonStrengths and Student Strengths Development.pdf
A review of the research on CliftonStrengths and student development.


Ignite Your Strengths Initiative Steering Committee

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

  • Gabriele Bauer, VITAL
  • Kathy Byrnes, Student Life
  • Jennifer Derry, Human Resources
  • Alicia Dunphy-Culp, First & Second Year Initiatives
  • Kevin Grubb, Career Center & Office of the Provost
  • Liam Kavanagh, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Matthew Kerbel, Office of the Provost
  • Crystal Lucky, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Jennifer Wiess, Villanova School of Business

Ignite Your Strengths Initiative Trainers

Several Villanova faculty and staff members have engaged in training to learn in depth insights into the CliftonStrengths assessment and ideas about how to meaningfully discuss it with individuals and groups. These individuals are able to 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.

  • Stacy Andes, Office of Health Promotion
  • Eloise Berry, Office of Intercultural Affairs
  • Jennifer Brophy, Office of Academic Support for Athletics
  • Kathy Byrnes, Student Life
  • Beth Cahill, Career Center
  • Jennifer Derry, Human Resources
  • Sheila Doherty, Career Center & Alumni Relations
  • Susanne Donovan, Career Center
  • Alicia Dunphy-Culp, First & Second Year Initiatives
  • Anne Fink, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
  • Brian Galloway, Enrollment Management
  • Michele Gianforcaro, Villanova School of Business
  • Kevin Grubb, Career Center & Office of the Provost
  • Angela Heinbach, College of Professional Studies
  • Jennifer Henfey, Charles Widger School of Law
  • Jhaakira Jacobs, Career Center
  • Stephen Koch, Student Involvement
  • Jennifer Liberato, Residence Life
  • Crystal Lucky, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Victoria Minerva, College of Engineering
  • Charisma Presley, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Rebecca Rebalsky, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Danielle Ross, McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership
  • Stephen Sheridan, Office of Planning & Institutional Research
  • Maggie Songer, Career Center
  • Brenda Stover, Villanova School of Business
  • Kate Szumanski, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Nicholas Tumolo, Dean of Students’ Office
  • Christie Vuoto, Career Center
  • David Walsh, Campus Ministry
  • Randy Weinstein, Office of the Provost
  • Samantha Wheeler, Career Center
  • Jennifer Wiess, Villanova School of Business