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Bristol County Savings Bank’s Michele Roberts Receives Distinguished Leadership Award from New England Women in Banking

Photo of Michele Roberts, Executive Vice President, Communty Relations OfficerTAUNTON, MA, November 16, 2017 — Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), headquartered in Taunton, Massachusetts, announces that Michele Roberts, Executive Vice President & Community Affairs Officer at the Bank, received the Sandra J. Pattie Distinguished Leadership Award at the sixth annual New England Women in Banking Conference held recently at the Gurney Resort & Marina in Newport, Rhode Island.  The Conference’s focus is on providing women in the banking and credit union professions with a leadership forum.  Roberts received the award in recognition of her role as a business leader and community advocate, fostering Bristol County Savings Bank’s strong support of non-profit organizations within the neighborhoods the Bank serves and its engagement of the communities’ engines of economic growth.

“Every year we look across the region’s financial landscape to honor women who’ve made an extraordinary contribution,” said Vincent M. Valvo, CEO, the New England Women in Banking Conference.  “This year we were delighted to choose Michele Roberts for the Sandra J. Pattie Distinguished Leadership Award.  She is someone who has been a role model for women in finance not only because of her career success at Bristol County Savings Bank but also due to her consistent efforts to give back to the community and to help others succeed in their careers.”

A 25-year veteran of the banking industry, Roberts has excelled at numerous positions at the Bank and is currently a valued member of the Executive Team.  She has also served as the Clerk and the real face of the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF) for the past 20 years, meeting with organizations to discuss funding and then helping to launch approved initiatives.  The Foundation has distributed more the $18 million to hundreds of non-profit organizations since its inception in 1996.

“For decades now, Michele’s leadership and dedication has been a key component to helping the Bank make a positive impact within the communities we serve through the partnerships we form, the volunteerism of our employees and the investments we make,” said Patrick Murray, President & CEO, Bristol County Savings Bank.  “The work she has done on behalf of our Foundation has truly made a difference to hundreds of non-profit organizations and those they serve and we continue to donate more grant money each year, with over $1.7 million being awarded in 2016 alone.”

Roberts has immersed herself in the local community throughout her career.  Her current involvement includes: Board Member & Governance Committee Member for the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Vice Chair & Executive Committee and Marketing Committee Member with the Pawtucket Foundation, Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Board Member & Development Committee Co-Chair for Meeting Street/Schwartz Center for Children, Providence, Rhode Island and New Bedford, Massachusetts; Board Member for the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement at UMass Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts; and a member of the Greater New Bedford Funders Group and the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts – Task Force on Pathways for Women to a Living Wage.

Roberts attended Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada.  She also graduated with high honors from the New England School for Financial Studies at Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts and the National School of Banking at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut.  Roberts resides in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

The New England Women in Banking Conference attracts leaders from banks, credit unions and mortgage companies to hear a strong mix of compelling presentations from inspirational women in the financial services industry.  The Conference’s goal is to foster free and honest discussion among women in finance and to inspire attendees to reach their goals and to share actionable ideas.