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keith-gravelineFinancial Advisor, RDA Financial Group

How are you engaged in the community and what motivates you to be involved?

I currently serve on a number of local boards and committees: The Women’s Fund’s Life Work Project Advisory Board (my engagement began through my LSC class project); the United Way of Fall River’s Allocation Committee; the Bristol County Estate Planning Council; Access Easton Committee Member; and the Town of Easton’s Municipal Building Committee.

Being involved in the community and volunteering on boards/committees helps me understand my value to my clients. The folks you volunteer with all have the same common goal – to make life better for others. Over the last twenty years, I’ve spent the bulk of my time raising a family and growing a business. At this time in my life, I have the freedom to give back. I’m motivated by the successful completion of a project and I take tremendous pride in seeing the work we do lead to successful outcomes.

Did you value your LSC experience? How did it contribute to your community leadership?

LSC was great for someone like me just starting to work in the SouthCoast area.  Living in Easton (near Brockton) I did not have a true connection to the area. By participating in LSC, I was able to learn about the challenges and also the great things happening in the Fall River/New Bedford corridor. The most important benefit to me were the relationships that I developed with other participants. It is interesting that since the class, I have maintained at least ten solid business/personal contacts from my 2013 cohort! I never would have made these connections without the LSC experience.

Describe your leadership in one word.

Passion

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