Everette Fortner is Executive Director for Professional
Development and adjunct faculty member at the Darden School of Business,
University of Virginia. Everette joined Darden in 2003 after a twenty-year
career in consumer products marketing and management. He is a 1987 graduate of
the Darden School.
Fortner is a leader in the career
management field, having joined Darden as Director of the Career Development
Center. During his tenure, Fortner focused on student outcomes, reaching and
sustaining industry-leading placement rates for students. Fortner wrote and
introduced new career management curriculum for both the full-time and executive
format programs. In 2004, Fortner created and built curriculum for a second-year
student career coaching course, which teaches second year students valuable
coaching skills while giving them hands-on practical experience coaching
first-year students. The course has grown from a pilot of twelve to over 60
today. For the past year, Fortner has sponsored and led another rewrite of the
MBA full-time career education curriculum building on the millennial needs for
personalization, flexibility, and hands on activity, while leveraging the
flipped classroom approach.
In 2012, Fortner launched a new
career course entitled Business Development for Career and Personal
Success, which helps MBA students link the necessary skills of business
development to their career management and career success.
In addition to his work with students in their career pursuits, Fortner
has focused much of his career at Darden expanding and building corporate
relationships. In 2005, Fortner re-launched the Darden Corporate Advisory Board;
increasing membership to 40+ companies and focusing their engagement beyond
recruiting to all aspects of the program. The Darden Leadership Speaker Series,
led by Fortner for the past five years, has engaged 30+ CEOs at Darden, helping
align their business interests with the interests of Darden. In 2008, Fortner
led the launch of the University of Virginia Investing Conference which now
annually attracts 500+ investment professionals to the Darden grounds each
In 2012, Fortner partnered with Johnson &
Johnson’s subsidiary, the Human Performance Institute, to launch a new program
for the full-time program called the Corporate Athlete. Fortner taught the
inaugural course and subsequent offerings to both students and staff.
A native of Georgia, Fortner received a B.E. from Vanderbilt University
School of Engineering in 1984 and a Master in Business from Darden in 1987.
Fortner worked as a sales manager with Frito Lay prior to business school. Post
business school, Fortner spent sixteen years in consumer products marketing and
general management with Kraft, Nabisco and Dun & Bradstreet, including a
two-year stint with Nabisco in Singapore. Fortner and his wife Sally have three
children and reside in Crozet, Virginia.
Fortner can be found
on his blog site, where he enjoys tweeting and blogging about the whacky worlds
of careers and running.
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