February 22, 2017
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If you were to combine the toughness of a sturdy pair of boots with the feeling you have when you catch up with an old friend over many smiles and laughs, you'd essentially have Keith White, Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention and Corporate Administration at Gap Inc., who is equal parts no nonsense and unendingly warm. We spent some time with Keith to talk about community, first jobs, epiphany moments, and the boots that got him through all four years of college.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR GAP INC.?
I lead Loss Prevention and Corporate Administration.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The opportunity to make a difference every single day!
Cool as the other side of the pillow.
A pair of Gap straight fit jeans, my BR half zip Cashmere sweater and my brown or black leather blazer! Are you still doubting if I'm cool?
ALL-TIME FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING:
A pair of non-branded boots that I wore all four years in college. They saved me from the snow, ice and rain many a day. I retired them as soon as I could afford a new pair and they have a coveted, warm dry spot in my garage. They'll have a chapter in my book for sure, between each line of pain and glory…
Kuna; it's a home security system built into an outdoor light that you can control from your phone. Did I mention I was in Loss Prevention?
WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER?
I think volunteering has a connotation that it's extra, that it's not a part of your normal routine — it's what you do when you have extra time, extra energy. But for me, it's essential to share my gifts and talents with people and in places that wouldn't ordinarily have access to it.
WHAT DOES COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
Everything! It's like oxygen, it can sustain and produce life when it's good, but it can do the exact opposite when it's bad.
WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED FROM CUSTOMERS:
You have to really love serving others or you're in the wrong business.
FAVORITE GAP INC. MOMENT:
Attending Don and Doris Fisher's 50th wedding anniversary in the 7th floor Cafeteria at 2 Folsom and it was wonderful!
Realizing that you can never ever let anyone define how you feel about yourself!
ALWAYS PUTS YOU IN A GOOD MOOD:
Music and hanging out with my family. (They are so funny.)
"Aint No Stoppin' Us Now" by Mcfadden and Whitehead
SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU:
I'm heavily involved in the Youth Ministry at my church.
WHY WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED IN COMMUNITIES?
If life can be better for us all collectively, then it's maximized individually.