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Defining Ourselves,

Inspiring Others

We believe that anyone, in any role, can be a leader. Management is a business skill, but leadership is a human skill. Becoming a leader is a journey that requires both the appetite and the proper tools and guidance to learn about oneself. Through DaVita University, our multi-tiered leadership-development program, and other initiatives, we have helped thousands of people—who had the drive—learn, grow and become stronger citizens within DaVita, at home and in their communities.

Leading by Example

Training Trainers

Training Trainers

In addition to management training courses, DaVita offers our clinical teammates multiple learning opportunities, such as the Preceptor program, that are guided by an expert who gives practical training and an immersion into adult learning concepts. Another example is our FAST class, which gives new Facility Administrators and clinic managers the mentoring necessary to lead their dialysis center or clinic successfully.

Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

One way we try to help our executives be better and more-compassionate leaders is through our Reality 101 clinic-immersion program. This full-day course exposes new executives to the broad range of challenges our clinical teammates face on a daily basis.

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The Redwoods Program

More than 470 DaVita teammates have grown within the company through the Redwoods Leadership Development Program. The program is recognized by top undergraduate and business schools around the country. We also hosted a school partner day and invited career centers from our targeted recruiting campuses to learn about the DaVita Village.

Redwoods Resident Program

The 12-month, post-MBA Redwoods Resident Program develops DaVita leaders in corporate and field roles across the enterprise. It consists of on-the-job training, business exposure across the Village, executive and peer mentorship and a leadership practicum, often in one of DaVita’s dialysis centers. Current DaVita teammates with similar qualifications to those we recruit from MBA schools can be nominated for this program.

In 2015, we hosted a ten-year reunion for the Redwoods Resident Program gathering alumni from each class to reflect on the past and plan for the future. The Resident Program continued to innovate and built specialized leadership practicums for HealthCare Partners, VillageHealth and DaVita Rx. In 2016, the Resident program will expand its placement to international markets.

Redwoods Analyst Development Program

The Redwoods Analyst Development Program trains post-undergraduate teammates to be entry-level analysts in various corporate functions across the enterprise. It starts with intense up-front training, and provides ongoing personal and professional development including opportunities to work cross-functionally. Current DaVita teammates with similar qualifications to those we recruit from undergrad schools can be nominated for this program.

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