Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County
Michelle Loranger’s career in child welfare spans 29 years, during which she’s held positions from social worker to executive leadership. “I am passionate about helping children who due to no fault of their own are not cared for in the manner they deserve,” says Michelle, who was recently featured in the Fall River Herald News series, “Women Making History.”
How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?
Appointed to Governor’s Council for Sexual and Domestic Violence; Southcoast Health Systems Community Benefits Committee Member; St. Anne’s Hospital/Steward Health Care Community Benefits Board; Saint Vincent’s Home, Human Rights Commission Board Member; New Bedford Department of Children and Families, Area Board Member; and Volunteer, Healing Little Hearts, Holiday Meal delivery to families living in hotels. I’m motivated by wanting to help those who are less fortunate (service population), motivated by wanting to grow and foster an emerging workforce that shares a desire for high standards in service and doing for others.
What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?
LSC was fantastic in exposing and sharing leadership in many disciplines (e.g. economic development, education, manufacturing). We can tend to be among those in our own field, yet sound leadership principles, as shared throughout the year, apply to most areas and disciplines. I really enjoyed exposure to various leaders in the area and the special presentations from external academic leadership development/training presentations.
Describe your leadership in one word.
Passionate. I feel so blessed and lucky to be in a leadership role now, and previously, with agencies with such compelling missions and to be able to help the staff in each of the organizations to foster their own growth as emerging leaders.