Taran Cardone serves as the Director for Learning Partnerships at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. In her role at the first official Gallup Strengths campus, Taran uses a strengths-based approach to help students, faculty and staff enact their strengths in their everyday lives. Previously, Taran served as the Director of Student Life Curriculum & Residential Staff Development at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, as well as a Leadership Coordinator at Miami University (Ohio) in Oxford, Ohio, USA. She graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, with a bachelor of arts in Spanish and Speech Communication. Her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education is from Miami University (Ohio).