Michelle J. Keating

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Keating_MichelleMichelle J. Keating

Alder Foods, Inc.

Years with company:  14 years




Education degrees and professional volunteer organizations:

  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications, Emerson College
  • Chair Woman, Capital Campaign, Fisher House Boston
  • Board of Directors, President, Fisher House Boston
  • Board Member, Emerson College Dean’s Advisory Council

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
I have had some amazing mentors in my career. One in particular worked with me to identify the core values of not only myself, but of Alder Foods, Inc.  These core values – integrity, trust and respect – speak volumes on how we operate our business and who we are as a company.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?  Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
In 2007, I was asked to be the fund raising Chair Woman for Fisher House Boston.  There are over 50 Fisher Houses throughout the world.  Fisher Houses are comfort homes that welcome our military families to stay for free while their loved one is being cared for at the VA Hospital.

We were challenged to raise $3 million of the $6 million cost to build the house.  We not only raised the $3 plus Million, but we continue to raise tens of thousands of dollars a year to support the house in so many special ways.  Working for years in the military industry, you see what our men and woman do every day to protect our freedom.  The day we cut the ribbon to open the 20-room suite, Fisher House Boston, was one of my proudest moments.  Giving back to our military families, in their time of need, has been an honor.

Most challenging part of your job?
Hiring people.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
If you can imagine it, you can do it.  Work hard, and then work harder. Believe in yourself.  If better is possible, good is not enough.  Give back.