I was excited and nervous when I found out I was selected as this year’s Leadership Mohawk Valley participant on behalf of First Source. I wanted my experience to be meaningful, and to make my team proud. The only exposure to LMV I’d had was through First Source, and other employees who had gone through the program. My basic understanding was that I would be part of a diverse group that would learn and grow together while working on a project to help our community.
My biggest goal as I go through the program is to find my passion, and discover a new way to serve within the community. I have volunteered in the past, but I tend to be a behind-the-scenes girl, always on the periphery. I would like to learn what’s out there, and be more proactive in seeking out opportunities to connect with my community.
I also want to challenge my thinking. I tend to be agreeable and go with the flow. I want to make sure I truly contribute something meaningful. I want to find that undiscovered interest, find that new community connection, and carry that passion forward.
– Brenda Rogowski, Loan and Deposit Operations Manager, LMV Participant