Director, Leadership Development Programs
Forté Corporate Partner
As Director of Leadership Development Programs at DaVita, Kelly Raulino believes what sets Forté apart among organizations is its relentless focus on what its members need and want - and delivering it.
What is it about Forté’s mission that you think is so important?
I think it all boils down to Forté’s tagline: more women leading. Companies, projects, and teams benefit from diversity of thought, and Forté’s commitment to women with different experiences and perspectives is very important.
How do you see Forté as unique or different?
In all the years I’ve been involved in campus recruiting, the way that Forté prioritizes the needs of its members is unique. When Forté hosts events or creates content, they focus on how to best support their members rather than allowing companies that spend a certain amount as sponsors to speak about whatever they want.
Each year companies make decisions about where to invest their time and money, and DaVita has been a partner since 2014. Why has DaVita continued saying “yes” each year to renewing the partnership?
Since partnering with Forté, we have hired 10 MBA interns, and 90 percent converted to full-time hires. Given how small our class sizes are, this is a strong accomplishment. Forté has also offered speaking opportunities for our female leadership. At DaVita, we talk a lot about ways to “fill your cup” and finding fulfillment in your role. One of our divisional vice presidents gave the example of being a keynote speaker at a Forté event as something that “filled her cup.” Forté’s members are inspiring, and our interactions with them have impact.