Leadership Lounge

The Leadership Lounge is a co-mentoring program for the higher ed community featuring monthly group conversations with a panel of well-known college and university CIOs. The Lounge is open to all aspiring leaders seeking input from your higher ed peers and community leaders.

You’ll have the opportunity to discuss leadership questions and current issues in an informal setting while interacting with a small group of peers and mentors. This model offers additional depth and diversity to mentoring conversations while helping you expand your network and make meaningful connections in the community.

The Mentoring Team


Open to All, Free of Charge

Vantage proudly supports the Leadership Lounge program, which is offered free of charge. The mentoring team believes that current and aspiring leaders need varied opportunities to learn and grow. We know first-hand how valuable mentoring is for professional development and personal growth. We recognize and thank the CIOs on the team; they exemplify the spirit of giving back that inspired this program and make it possible.


How It Works

Three 90-minute mentoring sessions are offered each month through our Eventbrite registration platform. Upcoming dates, times, and registration links are provided below. Registration is free, but limited to 8 participants and 4 mentors per session. Between mentoring sessions, cohort participants are encouraged to continue discussions and share resources in our Slack workspace.

All Leadership Lounge mentoring sessions are hosted virtually using the Zoom platform. Once your Eventbrite registration is confirmed, each participant will receive a calendar invitation with connection details. Please note: Candid conversations are valuable for those learning about leadership, so these meetings will not be recorded.


Session Schedule

The September-November cohort sessions are full. Join the Leadership Lounge notification list to be contacted when the January – March 2022 cohort is open. Questions? Contact Valerie Vogel and Shannon Dunn

September – November 2021 Cohort

  • November 2021 – Managing Up, Down, and Across
  • October 2021 – Leadership Opportunities and Succession Planning
  • September 2021 – Career Path

April – June 2021 Cohort

  • June 2021 – Managing Up, Down, and Across
  • May 2021 – Building Relationships
  • April 2021 – Career Path

January  – March 2021 Cohort

  • March 2021 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • February 2021 – Transforming and Maturing Organizations
  • January 2021 – Career Path

For additional mentoring opportunities that support higher ed IT professionals, see EDUCAUSE Mentoring Programs and Resources.

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