Rose is a New Bedford native who credits Leadership SouthCoast with helping her learn more about where she grew up: “Through LSC, I was able to see aspects of the community I had never been exposed to.” In addition to her new role as co-owner of Sylvia Group, she is a Marine veteran and currently serves as the President of the Board at the Veterans Transition House.
What do you do professionally?
As a Sylvia Group co-owner and manager of our Financial Services and Benefits department, I work with businesses and individuals to design programs that meet their specific needs and goals. For business clients, that means customizing employee benefits programs based on factors such as the organization’s industry and number of employees. For individuals, that means protecting their family’s future with products including life, disability, and long-term care insurance.
How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?
I try to focus on things I’m passionate about. When my boys were in elementary school, I enjoyed working in their classrooms with Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts. I’m currently a member of the Citizens Review Team for the United Way of Greater New Bedford, whose relationship with Sylvia Group is as old as the agency itself. As a Marine veteran, I know firsthand the importance of the work the Veterans Transition House does; I consider it a great honor to serve as president of that organization’s board of directors.
What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?
I was born and raised in New Bedford and thought I knew the area I grew up in. Through LSC, I was able to see aspects of the community I had never been exposed to. It gave me a better understanding of the challenges our school systems face, and it broadened my perspective on economic development in Greater New Bedford and other areas of the SouthCoast.
Describe your leadership in one word.