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The Strategy and Innovation Office provides services that facilitate VUMC customers towards achieving their strategic goals.

These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitated workshops and work sessions
  • Use of the Collaboration Space (3401 West End Ave, Ste 290) for collaborative work

Requests for services should be sent to the Strategy and Innovation email ( and include the following information:

1.    Executive sponsor of the work: name and title

2.    Objective(s) of the work: what you hope to accomplish

3.    Services requested: facilitation, meeting space, access to the Innovation Center, etc.

4.    Estimated logistics: number of participants, number of days, rough calendar dates

Requests are reviewed for approval by the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Getting to the Collaboration Space at 3401 West End

The Collaboration Space is located in Suite 290 at 3401 West End Ave.

Campus Shuttle: The Purple Route stops at 3401 West End. Find detailed schedules online.

Some helpful tips for utilizing the purple route:

  • Shuttles run every 15 minutes.

  • From the round wing, trips are 9 minutes to 3401WE, and 21 minutes from 3401WE.

  • If you miss a shuttle pickup at 3401WE, you may be able to catch the shuttle at the front entrance to Crystal Terrace before it leaves the area. The shuttle departs Crystal Terrace on the quarter hour (0, 15, 30, 45).

  • The last shuttle of the day departs 3401WE at 6:24 pm and Crystal Terrace at 6:30 pm with a final drop-off at 6:40 pm at Childrens Hospital.

Visitor parking: Visitor parking validation is not available to all VUMC & VU faculty, staff, and students while VUMC shuttle services are active. Parking is limited and on a first come, first serve basis in the building. The parking garage located in the back of the building is open from 6:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. Visitors may park on Level B, 3rd floor. Bring your parking ticket in to be validated.

Walk & Cab: Please also use the visitors entrance from the parking garage in the back of the building. You will enter on Level B, 3rd floor. The front entrance is not accessible to visitors.

Biking: Please lock your bike on the rack in the parking garage and use the visitors entrance. You will enter on Level B, 3rd floor. The building management does not allow bikes in the building.

Our team

Carol Aronson
Administrative Officer

Herschel Pollard, MSIS
Strategy and Innovation Consultant

Krista Chavarria
Executive Assistant
Scheduling for William Stead, Nancy Lorenzi, and
Kristy Sinkfield

Trina Taglialavore
Lead Administrative Assistant

Kristy Sinkfield, MEd

Megan Youngblood

Nancy Lorenzi, PhD
Vice President for
Strategic Change Management

Steven J. Weissenburger, MEd
Senior Strategy and Innovation Consultant

Taylor Avery
Program Manager
Point of contact for the Collaboration Space

William W. Stead, MD
Chief Strategy Officer