Name: Janet T. Fortner
Leadership Charlotte Class: 14
Title/Company: Fortner Consulting
Education: MSW (Master of Social Work)
Current personal or leadership goals: To use my skills and experience to help others be successful on their professional and personal journeys.
What advice would you give to current Leadership Charlotte participants? Make time to fully participate in each session. Get to really know as many of your classmates as possible. Recognize that your LC experience does not end with graduation.
What’s a lesson that you learned through LC that has stuck with you and why? My ride-along with a female police officer left me with great respect for the way she conducted her patrol route. She made a point of personal positive interaction with the children in low income neighborhoods. She would bring them little things and call them by name. She became a trusted figure to them, someone they could call if in danger.
Favorite way to spend a weekend in Charlotte: Enjoying the bounty of arts offerings in the city from gallery crawls to museums, ballet and theater.
Greatest personal accomplishment and why: Growing Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR) from serving 12 hospice patients daily to serving 1000 adult and pediatric hospice patients and palliative medicine patients daily. Expanding HPCCR’s service area to multiple counties and building Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville.
What’re you doing in the community these days? I am a member of the Charlotte Merchants Foundation board and a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Charlotte. I facilitate a support group for executive women who are caregivers for their elderly family members. I am a member of the Leadership Charlotte Past President’s Council and the Women Executives Presidents Council.