"At DaVita we think about ourselves as being a Community first and a Company second. We take this very seriously. Decisions we make for our teammates (employees) are based around the thinking; “What would a community do?” We further believe we have a responsibility to affect the communities we live and work in as well in a productive way. By taking this active role, we talk about the effect it creates as sending ripples beyond our community and impacting human beings well outside our company.
I think that is what Jessica does when she shares her story. Her story, one of a humanitarian focused on helping others and then inexplicably finding herself suddenly in an unbelievably awful situation. She then summons up courage, resourcefulness and the unwillingness to give in. Her gift 9 in telling it is the raw emotion she is willing to bring you in to. Jessica's humility shines through as she tells it and draws you further and further in.
Our audience of 100 senior leaders and their spouses were mesmerized. They could not stop talking about the emotional impact it had on them. Her story gave them pause to reflect on all they have and to cherish it, and not forget the fragility that may lie beneath it. So while we all feel for her and would never wish this to happen to anyone, by Jessica being willing to share her story she creates a beautiful example of what it means to send ripples outside of her community and favorably impact the lives of other human beings. Thank you Jessica."