When employees feel challenged, rewarded and able to advance in their careers, the entire organization benefits.
That’s why at Tufts Health Plan we’re strongly committed to our employees’ ongoing personal and professional development. A third of our hires come from within, and our executive ranks include people who began their Tufts Health Plan careers in entry-level positions. From educational and training programs, to affinity groups and networking opportunities, to the culture of support and recognition throughout the entire organization, Tufts Health Plan is a place to stay, grow and flourish.
Employee Development Programs
Business Resource Groups (BRG):
Our BRGs are forums for ongoing education and connection that promote an inclusive and open environment, help drive cultural awareness, and celebrate diversity. BRGs sponsor networking events, mentoring and leadership opportunities, and volunteering and community outreach. Currently we have five BRGs:
- Multicultural (Mosaic)
- Parallel—Disability Advocates
- Prism (LGBTQ and Allies)
- Veterans & Military
- Women Together
Career Mentoring Program:
Our formal mentoring program pairs individuals with leaders in the organization who align with their development goals. The program includes formal career development training as well as multiple networking opportunities.
Employees who apply and are selected for our Fellows Program work with a cross-section of other high potential employees to consider key challenges the organization faces, culminating in a presentation to the executive leadership team. Along the way, Fellows receive formal training to develop their leadership, collaboration and presentation skills. Twenty-five percent of people who do the Fellows Program are promoted within a year.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit global organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Tufts Health Plan has its own Toastmasters chapter; employees can join for free.
Tufts Health Plan also has a core learning curriculum for individual contributors and leaders. These live and virtual training opportunities, on topics including computer applications, business writing, management and presentation, help employees to enhance their current skills and develop new ones to carry them into the next stage of their careers.
Throughout my career at Tufts Health Plan, I’ve had wonderful managers and mentors who pushed me to pursue various opportunities, whether for education or networking. I was encouraged to spend time with senior leaders and get their advice and direction. Now that I'm in a senior position, I’m always looking for opportunities to mentor others. I’ve been asked many times to sit down with women in particular to talk about career advancement and work-family balance.
-Kristin Lewis, Senior VP, Chief Public Affairs Officer
The availability and accessibility of senior-level people to provide real-time, practical feedback, support and inspiration has always been part of the culture here at Tufts Health Plan—and still is, even with all the changes and growth the organization has experienced over the years.
Ms. Lewis began her career at Tufts Health Plan in 1993, in the call center.