Power of Ten

Leadership Academy

Power of Ten Leadership Academy is a TVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates* develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. 

“The Power Ten helps foster a sense of community among young veterinarians in the program while developing skills in leadership, communication, and business,” said 2019-2021 Mentor and 2018 Power of 10 program graduate, Julie Buford, DVM.


Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership academy.  Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commences each year during the Music City Veterinary Conference and continues throughout the year.

Power of Ten is a pathway to help recent graduates answer questions like:

  • I emerged from veterinary school and I’m in practice – but how can I get a better grasp on what makes me tick?
  • Now that I have a technical staff, how can I form, manage and lead an effective team?
  • Who am I in the bigger picture, and what can I give to my family, my community, and my profession that will be my legacy?”

We anticipate that the Power of Ten class will also create a sense of community and participants will likely build lasting bonds with other members of the leadership academy class.

In-person learning experiences are scheduled to minimize the impact on working hours – and the entire program is designed to garner support from practice owners who recognize their key responsibility in developing human resources.  Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a listserv, webinars, and other special offerings exclusive to the Power of Ten.

*This program is intended for veterinarians who graduated within the last ten years; other candidates may be considered based on their level of interest.


Through the Power of Ten, participants will:

  • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills and emotional intelligence
  • Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills
  • Acquire critical skills to intensify business acumen
  • Gain the competency to utilize these skills within one’s life, practice, and community
  • Heighten awareness of one’s self and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you
  • Develop a vision of the leader you can be – and what it takes to become that leader
  • Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interactions


Hannah Lanter, DVM

Dr. Hannah Lanter is a 2018 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Southern Illinois and attended Murray State University in Kentucky for her undergraduate degree. Since graduation, Dr. Hannah has worked in both mixed and small animal general practice; She currently practices small animal medicine at Pet Vet in Franklin, TN. In her free time, Hannah loves riding her horse, Rudy (who she has had since she was in 8th grade!), creating wheel thrown pottery, and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. Hannah is rarely seen without her wonderful dog, Delilah, and also has a playful cat named Nellie. Dr. Hannah is particularly passionate about certain areas of veterinary medicine such as leadership, client communication, and mental health. She will be a 2022 Power of Ten Leadership Academy graduate. Hannah is grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the TVMA Power of 10 to strengthen her skills and knowledge, and to get more involved in the TVMA community.


Paige Underwood, DVM

Dr. Paige Underwood graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. She is currently practicing small animal medicine in Memphis, TN. Dr. Underwood’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery and dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys all things outdoors, fitness, traveling, reading, and spending time with her English Bulldog, Butter. Dr. Paige Underwood will be a 2022 Power of Ten Leadership Academy graduate.


  1. Read through the Program Information to get a better understanding of the program and the commitment involved.
  2. Talk with your practice owner about the program and gain their commitment to supporting your involvement. You can also download this letter from Dr. Forrest Reynolds, TVMA President, which introduces the program to practice owners and explains the benefits the program provides.
  3.  Complete the application form and submit it to TVMA. The application period closes January 15, 2024.
  4. Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If chosen, the applicant is expected to make every effort to attend all events.

Contact Staci Corder at 931.438.0070 or via email at staci@tvmanet.com.