SEG firmly believes that social entrepreneurs need access to skills-based volunteers’ expertise and experience to succeed. By working with entrepreneurs and sharing your expertise, you can help passionate social entrepreneurs navigate early-stage business development.
SEG firmly believes that social entrepreneurs need access to skills-based volunteers’ expertise and experience to succeed. By working with entrepreneurs and sharing your expertise, you can help passionate social entrepreneurs navigate early-stage business development.
Lauren Abda is the Founder and CEO of Branchfood, the largest community of food entrepreneurs and startups in New England, and Co-founder at Branch Venture Group, an angel network for investment in early-stage food startups. Prior to Branchfood, Lauren consulted for foodtech businesses in Boston and San Francisco, worked as an analyst for Salt Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm, focused on food startups, targeting content, commerce, and technology, and wrote reports on international food safety development initiatives on behalf of the Agriculture and Commodities division at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a Masters in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont.
Lorne has a national life insurance practice focused on estate planning and corporate applications. He has worked with entrepreneurs and businesses across the country. Mr. Adrain has also been an executive at AT&T and worked for ten years as an entrepreneur in the technology and environmental sectors. He was the founder of KindMark, a leader in the creation of software and technologies advancing philanthropy.
Mr. Adrain is an active philanthropic and community leader. He was appointed by Rhode Island’s Governor Chafee as Chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education and to the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. He was a candidate for Mayor of Providence. He served as vice president and director of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association and serves on the Boards of The Rhode Island Foundation, Big Picture Learning and The Business Innovation Factory. He is also founder of National Neighborhood Day and is co-founder of Social Venture Partners / Social Enterprise Greenhouse – Rhode Island and BetterProvidence. Mr. Adrain has served as Chairman of the Rhode Island Special Olympics and President of the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association. He has climbed Mounts Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Denali (McKinley) and other peaks in recent years to raise funds in support of women’s education, economic and health programs on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and to support aspiring inner-city students from Providence.
Mr. Adrain has twice received Northwestern Mutual Life’s national Community Service Award and was recognized as their Most Exceptional Volunteer in the Nation. He has also been honored with the Rhode Island Foundation Inspiring Partner Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Leadership Rhode Island’s David E. Sweet Leadership Award and the Providence Rotary’s 100th Anniversary Community Leadership Award. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Adrain earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BS from the University of Rhode Island. Mr. Adrain and his wife, novelist Ann Hood, live in Providence, RI and have four children.
Director, Business Start-up Clinic; Associate Clinical Professor of Law - Roger Williams University
I help fellow women lawyers by making it easier to get un-stuck, find time, feel balanced, avoid obstacles, dodge distractions, stay focused, build your confidence, and be the total rockstar we both know you are -- let's get started!
Allio Associates, LLC
Michael is a practical strategy, innovation, and social impact specialist, offering 30 years of diverse strategy and operating experience. His background includes serving as Deputy Director of Strategy & Management at the Gates Foundation, Chairman and CEO of a development-stage biotech firm, CEO of a product development firm, and CEO of an innovative food enterprise. As a consultant, he has designed and delivered business, corporate and innovation strategy programs to clients ranging from start-ups and non-profits to Fortune 1000 multinationals in a wide range of industries. His social impact and innovation work includes serving as an active Director at the $1B Rhode Island Foundation, where he also serves on the Impact Investment and Audit committees. Recent innovation work includes developing strategy for Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, and a large international private Foundation. Michael chaired the Strategy committee at Social Enterprise Greenhouse and was an active Director previously. Mr. Allio has published more than 20 articles on strategy and metrics, and one book: "Practical Strategy For Family Businesses" was released by Tata-McGraw Hill in 2005. His articles appear in the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership, and elsewhere. He has earned ten patents, is an honors graduate of Harvard (where he was a John Harvard Scholar).
Ezenwayi Amaechi Professor of Entrepreneurship - Johnson & Wales University
Kim Anderson Co-Founder - Plant City
Kim’s more than 30 years as a business leader and entrepreneur started in the Executive Training/Buying Departments of Jordan Marsh and Macy’s. She founded Teapots & Tassels, Co., which was awarded “Best of Rhode Island” repeatedly, and was featured in Southern Home Magazine. Kim has founded and led several significant community based programs, including the Barrington Business Task Force, and was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by the SBA in 1991 and “Citizen of the Year Award” in 2005 by the East Bay Chamber of Commerce. She founded and chairs Flower Power, a community beautification effort in Barrington, and has raised close to half million dollarsin twelve yearsfor this endowed effort. In 2009 Kim and her daughter, Ava, founded Ava Anderson Non Toxic, a direct sales company offering the safest full line of 90+ organic and natural personal care and home cleaning products, whose singular purpose was to reduce harmful chemicals linked to disease for humans and the environment.In 7 yearsshe and her daughter built the company to a $60M run rate, with 100 local employees, and 20,000 enrolled Independent Consultants across the country. The Andersons sold the business in 2016, and Kim is now dedicated to working with her family to impact invest for climate crisis solutions.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence – Brown University School of Engineering
Hamzah received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham in 2006, a Masters from King’s College London in 2008, and his PRIME Masters from Brown University in 2009. Hamzah co-founded Accelereach, an angel-funded developer of health and wellness coaching software, with fellow PRIME alum Adam Emrich in 2009. The company’s software has helped thousands of people around the country lead healthier and more fulfilled lives. Hamzah joined the Rhode Island Health Insurance Exchange as a Consultant soon after it’s establishment. While there, he developed new lines of business, growth strategies, and sources of revenue. In 2011, Hamzah was honored by the Rhode Island Tech Collective as one the top 10 IT entrepreneurs in the State. Finally, he has advised United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on legislative policy governing immigration reform, economic development and funding for small businesses. As the Entrepreneur-in-Residence he mentors, coaches and advises student ventures, and facilitates the commercialization of Brown technology and IP.
Scott Asadorian Consultant and Mentor - Endurance Strategy
Applying extensive experiences as a senior executive, strategic planner and mentor to the university classroom and boardroom.
Martin Baginski Director of Operations/Founder - Professional Ambulance RI
After graduating from Babson College in 2010, Martin founded Professional Ambulance, LLC located in Providence. Growing ProAm has offered a unique perspective into today's healthcare system, and the challenges facing the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. His perspective as both an entrepreneur and as a paramedic offered an understanding of reimbursement economics, clinical outcomes improvement, and healthcare policy. Sharing experiences and knowledge has allowed Martin to maintain Professional Ambulance's competitive position while also identifying entrepreneurial opportunities in healthcare services arena. Outside of his career, Martin is an avid skier, triathlete, and photographer.
Christa Baker Director, Alliance Management - Year Up
Christa currently serves as the Director, Alliance Management at Year Up. Year Up is a workforce development not for profit organization whose mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education. Her work with Year Up is focused on post-program employment for Year Up graduates across the country. Christa?s career is anchored in the world of work, she has worked extensively over the past two decades to understand job markets, trends and connect people to opportunity, with a focus on hiring, employability, and implications of culture on business results. Her focus on the talent ecosystem with an emphasis on sourcing and talent acquisition, talent management, and retention couples well with her experience in team development, project management, and planning, Christa has also led more traditional human resource functions including; employee relations, benefits, and succession planning. In addition, Christa is a business leader with experience managing P&L's of upwards of 50Mil for both private and publicly traded companies, she has led several highly successful, award-winning, technical talent acquisition and strategic sales teams. Christa received a BA in Psychology from the University of New Haven, studied organizational design at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and holds credentials in Human-Centered Design from +Acumen and IDEO.org.
Denise Barge Financial Portfolio Manager - RI Commerce Corporation
I have over 20 years experience and expertise in economic and community development with specialization in microlending and small business lending in leading a for- profit and not-for-profit. This experience reflects strong management and organizational skills and has resulted in attaining impressive fundraising and business development goals. Additionally, my strategic collaborations with community partners, local and state departments, and corporate entities, resulted in notable successful programming for low/moderate income and women entrepreneurs in the state of Rhode Island. Specialties: Non profit management Program Development Board Development Strategic Planning Fund Development Small business consultation
Kenneth Barrette Tiller Peak Group
Kenneth is a results-oriented executive with 20 years of experience in business operations and technology. Specializing in translating vision into actionable strategy, he consistently drives turnarounds of underperforming organizations, accelerates revenue growth and profitability for new business ventures and product launches, and improves velocity and value realization of strategic business investments and acquisitions. As a proven change leader, Kenneth has extensive experience in all aspects of designing business operations, including product development, marketing sales and distribution, consumer engagement and service, operations transacting and administration, technology enablement, and organizational structure and performance. Ken is a Managing Director in Alvarez and Marsal’s Healthcare Industry Group.
Manuel J. Batlle Director, Providence Center - RI Small Business Development Center
Manuel is the Director of the Providence Center with the Rhode Island SBDC. He is a serial entrepreneur, college professor and small business counselor. He holds a MBA from LSU, attended The Executive Program at the University of Virginia and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). He has C level managerial experience with Fortune 500 companies in the Wine & Spirit Industry and in Food Manufacturing. Manuel was the 2016 State Star for Rhode Island. His area of interest are Minority Owned Business, Food Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Wine, and Spirits. Manuel is a native of the Dominican Republic, and is responsible for the Providence Region, which includes Warren and Barrington. Manuel is the Director of the Providence Center with the Rhode Island SBDC. He is a serial entrepreneur, college professor and small business counselor. He holds a MBA from LSU, attended The Executive Program at the University of Virginia and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). He has C level managerial experience with Fortune 500 companies in the Wine & Spirit Industry and in Food Manufacturing. Manuel was the 2016 State Star for Rhode Island. His area of interest are Minority Owned Business, Food Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Wine, and Spirits. Manuel is a native of the Dominican Republic, and is responsible for the Providence Region, which includes Warren and Barrington
Allison Bebee Idea Community
Allison Bebee has worked as a Packaging Engineer at Ocean Spray Cranberries for the past 8 years, obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2007. This past year Allison left this field to pursue her passions in social enterprise and politics, with a specific interest in the foster care system. Allison has demonstrated her passion for social change through her involvement in leadership throughout her life, holding positions in college with student government, the Institute of Packaging Professionals Student Chapter, and Monroe Community College Board of Trustees. During her tenure at Ocean Spray, Allison was involved in committees to improve corporate culture and employee engagement, helping to give employees a bigger voice. Outside of her work Allison participates in several volunteer organizations, including mentoring through RISE and supporting the Greater Boston Food Bank financial goals as a kitchen cabinet member. Allison hopes to bring these experiences and apply them to social change within the RI community. Allison resides in Cranston, RI.
Ashley Belanger Owner & Principal - Sparkplug
Fundraising problems aren’t usually [just] fundraising problems. Fix your strategy, your governance, your operations, your ethos…and fix your fundraising.
Ashley is a bona fide nonprofit nerd. She delights in converting staff and board members from reluctant beggars (yuck) to ambitious peddlers of joy (insert glitter here). By applying research and theory from the worlds of fundraising, behavioral science, social science, marketing, design, and education she helps her awesome clients builds better systems to achieve greater impact.
Kathleen Bellicchi Owner/Founder - Bellicchi's Best Biscotti
If you're looking for a professional leadership and organizational development wizard (and trainer!), look no further. Over 30 years of experience -- in the U.S. and worldwide -- in training hundreds of employees, from line workers to managers to vice presidents, with a very strong record of success. Deliver training and provide coaching with an innovative style; team building a speciality. Always focused on my mission, always devising training that pinpoint matches the participants' needs, always excited about achieving results. Anyone can write and follow a standard lesson plan. I march to a different beat with an entirely different drummer. Accomplished runner, hence full of energy. Accomplished chef (host of a cooking show), so might "reward" goals met with homemade biscotti. Over 25 years experience working with individuals and groups to improve performance and achieve business goals. Strong food focus ? growing, writing, cooking, and coaching Specialties: Master Trainer: Professional Development; Service Delivery Systems -- enhance and reinforce; Effective Virtual Communication; Behavioral Coaching; Team Building; Executive Presentation -- organization and delivery;
Consultant – Impact for Education
Kathy Bendheim has a strong analytical and organizational development background that she uses to address social and educational issues. Her early career was spent in public accounting followed by business school and then management consulting with McKinsey & Co. where she focused on organizational and financial issues. However, her passion has consistently been the improvement of the public education system. Since leaving the for-profit world, she has worked in Bridgeport, CT for the YMCA where she started a summer and after-school program that won the Chairman’s Award for best new program and worked on the merger of the Bridgeport and New Haven YMCAs. She has also worked in New York City for Clearpool, Inc., an education reform initiative, in program operations and development of for-profit initiatives to generate sustainable funding. She also led the merger of the development departments of three education-based non-profits to create one more effective operation.Her most recent position was Executive Director of the White House Council for Community Solutions that focused on identifying best practices in successful community solutions with a focus on how to create more opportunity for disconnected youth. Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in business from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
John has been building and leading software development teams for over 20 years. He is currently Managing Director at Thoughtcap, a boutique consultancy based in Providence, RI. John’s areas of expertise include coaching high-performance teams, lean product development, DevOps and continuous delivery, large-scale distributed systems, and data-center-to-cloud migrations. Previously John led the engineering team at Huge, one of the world’s leading digital agencies, where he supervised the delivery of custom software , websites and mobile apps for clients such as AARP, Comcast, Mass Mutual, NYU Langone Medical Center and Sonic Automotive. As Principle Software Engineer at NBC News Digital, John designed and built the software and deployment systems underpinning nbcnews.com and today.com. John is a member of the Executive Leadership Council for NYC-based iMentor, which provides 1-to-1 mentoring focused on high-school graduation and college success to students in low income communities. He has also donated his time and expertise to non-profits including Malaika and Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood. John majored in Russian and Soviet Studies at Harvard College.
Jim Berson Non Profit Management Consultant - Fio Partners, LLC
Jim Berson has served in leadership roles at some of Rhode Island’s most respected non-profit organizations for nearly 25 years. A graduate of Brown University, Jim worked for over a decade at The Providence Center, the state’s leading community behavioral health care organization, including four years as COO. He served in similar leadership roles at Meeting Street for seven years, before becoming the CEO of the YMCA of Greater Providence from 2012 through 2016. During this period, Jim also earned his Masters of Public Health from Boston University. Throughout his career, Jim has been actively involved in community based collective impact work, most recently through his leadership of the South County Health Equity Zone and his involvement with the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet. Jim has also served on a variety of boards and commissions, ranging from the Quonset Development Corporation and Rhode Island Business Group on Health to the Rhode Island Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention, where he served as chair for 2 years. Jim joined Fio Partners earlier this year and has taken on wide range of consulting projects, ranging from executive coaching to developing quality improvement and risk management programs. Most recently, he has taken on the role of i, a non-profit organization in the City of Providence that is currently undergoing leadership transition. Jim lives in North Kingstown with his wife and two children, ages 12 and 17.
I am an assurance manager out of the Providence, RI office of Marcum LLP, focusing on Food, Beverage, and Healthcare clients. Rather than focus on just getting work done, I strive to provide personalized, proactive service and customized, timely and solutions that are consistently high in quality.
Todd Blount President & CEO – Blount Fine Foods
Todd serves as President and CEO of Blount Fine Foods, a 5th generation company headquartered in Fall River, MA, with other facilities in Rhode Island and Texas. The company produces gourmet refrigerated soups & sides for restaurants and retailers nation-wide. Todd began working for Blount Fine Foods after graduating with a MBA from Boston University, in 1994. Todd serves on the boards of Camp Brookwoods and Moose River Outpost. He also co-created a Christian leadership program called Rhode Trip which takes boys on a variety of outdoor adventure trips. He is currently on the Greater Fall River Development Board, and past president of the Fall River Industrial Park Association and past board member of Bristol County, MA Workforce Investment Board and Hope and Main Board [food business incubator]
Vanessa Boynton Account Manager – Matter Now
Public relations first captured my attention as a teenager. I’ve spent every year in the decades since pursuing any avenue that would teach me more about how the right word, the right image or the right story can change hearts, minds and identities. I’m an account manager with Matter Communications’ Precision group, where my world turns for both B2B and B2C brands and organizations. I’m a champion of highly focused scopes of work and the unique, measurable ways they can inspire growth. Outside of Matter, I’ve nurtured a holistic view of brand promotion by working with niche agencies, consulting for professionals at the executive level, managing print, web and social media campaigns, and guest lecturing on social media and sharing behavior for undergraduate and graduate classes. I spend my free time as an artist and gamer.
David Bradley Managing Director - The Bradley Business Group
David Bradley is an author and consultant with expertise in helping companies communicate with their customers via digital, mobile and social. David also works with consultants to start and grow their practices with personalized coaching and training. His first book published was "Getting Digital Marketing Right", a best-seller in Marketing & Sales. The sister-course has enrolled over 11,600 students from 136 countries. He continues to write on topics related to marketing, strategy, and consulting.
Manassah Bradley Senior Program Manager - Babson College
Manassah Bradley brings over 15 years of experience as a senior business advisor, educator and entrepreneur offering business planning and strategy services from startup through maturity. Highly regarded as an engaging facilitator and consultant, he has guided thousands of business owners, CEOs, students and entrepreneurs to success. A kid from the streets of Boston turned entrepreneurial business executive, Manassah draws on deep and wide-ranging knowledge of business disciplines and their interconnectedness to deliver bold, strategic solutions. He has helped clients think through business models, develop effective business plans, raise millions in capital and create strategic, pragmatic growth plans for long-term success. Through keen business and interpersonal insights and a passion for building businesses, he forges strong, lasting connections with his clients. Manassah holds an MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College and a B.S. in economics from Northeastern University.
Chandra Briggman President/CEO, Activation Capital
Chandra Briggman is President and CEO of Activation Capital, a leading innovation ecosystem development organization providing social, knowledge, and financial capital to tech clusters across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Before being named the CEO in May 2020, Chandra was Director of Venture Café Foundation located in Cambridge, MA, and was responsible for the strategy and operations of the global network’s flagship Venture Café Cambridge innovation hub. She played a key role in helping expand the revenue and the footprint in New England.
Before her work in ecosystem development in Massachusetts, she held innovation roles with the United States Postal Service in Washington, DC, culminating with her work as the Director of Digital Platforms and the Innovation Lab. Her prior experience comprised leadership roles with multiple startups, including Founder as a serial entrepreneur.
Chandra is an active member of the entrepreneurship and innovation community, including as a guest lecturer, coach/mentor, public speaker, and Chair of the Board for Youth CITIES - a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to youth entrepreneurship.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities from Columbia International University, a Master’s in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Brenda Brock Founder – Farmaesthetics
Brenda is the founder, formulator and CEO of Farmaesthetics, the award-winning green beauty brand she launched at an organic farmstand in 1999. Brock's fine herbal products blazed the trail for today's truly natural, luxury apothecary lines. Her products utilize organically grown herbs, flowers, oils and grains in traditional herbal recipes gleaned from her farming family heritage. Brock is a recognized leader in the industry, and unwavering in her commitment to "Sustainable Beauty", the term she created to describe her beauty beliefs and the 100% natural, fine herbal products that uphold them.
Rick Brooks RI Office of Health and Human Services (OHHS)
Tim Brown CEO – Ellie Kai
Tim Brown is an experienced brand building expert and leader, and has had extensive executive management experience and success in Direct Selling, Retail and Wholesale businesses with premium, well-known brands in many product categories (Clinique, Trifari, Christian Dior, Coach, Swarovski). Most recently he was part owner, President, and CEO of Princess House, Inc., a $130 million Direct Selling – Party Plan company. Over the past 30 years, Tim has grown, turned around or revitalized many of these brands. Perhaps the crowning achievement in Tim’s rich branding history was leading the Swarovski team that achieved, as noted by the Wall Street Journal, “the kind of product placement positioning marketers dream about – at the top of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Naming the 9-1/2 foot star, The Swarovski Star, was the first time in Rockefeller Center’s 70 year history that a corporate sponsor claimed this spot.” Most recently in 2006, Tim lead the Princess House team that, in 18 months, took a company which was highly leveraged to completely debt free, and then navigated the 2008 economic downturn to reach unprecedented levels of growth and profitability. He has also partnered with Jamie Oliver, the chef on the Food Network and has helped build his presence in media as well.
Roberta Butler Senior Vice President, Marketing and Enterprise Learning - FM Global
"As an accomplished, progressive business leader, my career has been shaped by a passion for mastering deep understanding and management of global marketing and brand strategy. Over the years I have accrued a stellar track record for spearheading large cross-functional initiatives, advising global boards on corporate reputation issues and implementing scalable marketing solutions to support responsible organizational growth.
By expertly refining marketing strategies and navigating increased demand for marketing capabilities to keep stride with the demands of a growing enterprise, I gained the trust and respect of global leadership executives and was selected in 2012 to serve on the mission critical planning committee, a position I maintain to this day."
Geoff Capraro Assistant Professor/Attending Physician - Brown University
Geoff Capraro, MD, MPH is a practicing Brown Emergency Medicine physician who wants to bring the power of emergency antidotes to the public. He is actively working on opioid overdose prevention through his founding of NaloxBox, his engagement in the naloxone work group of RI Governor Raimondo's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, and his research on the detection of impending overdose. He values his deep collaborations in these efforts, and gladly serves as a mentor for Brown and RI programs in entrepreneurship and innovation including Brown's Breakthrough Laboratory, Brown medical school's Scholarly Concentration Program, and the Social Enterprise Greenhouse. He is working with his department and Brown Physicians Inc. to build a more diverse health provider workforce.
Community Development Manager – HarborOne Bank
Claudia is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach with over 10 years of experience assisting small businesses; non-profit organizations and the private sector to improve employee engagement and economic growth. She brings a unique blend of experience in the private and public sectors, combined with a vast network and access to resources that she leverages to find customized solutions that best meets the needs of her clients. Her passion for helping others develop their full potential has its origins in her own story as a first-generation immigrant to the United States. Her constant pursue of personal and professional development allowed her to gain experience in a variety of industries, always pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone and striving for excellence.
Claudia is the Community Development Manager and HarborOne Bank, and a Strengths Coach at Leadership Rhode Island’s Make RI Stronger Initiative. Ms. Cardozo is in the board of directors of Academy for Career Exploration High School and the Providence/Cranston Workforce Board. She is also a Community Advisor at United Way of Rhode Island and Business Mentor at Venture Mentoring Services of Rhode Island. Claudia holds a certificate of Master Coach of Neuro-linguistic Programming.
In 2010, Claudia was named the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by RI Small Business Administration, and in 2013, RI Latino Public Radio recognized her with an Outstanding Achievement Award for her contributions to the Latino business community. She also received the Ronald McDonald House Community Service Award in 2014.
10+ years of professional experience in equity research and investments Authored detailed publications spanning industry, product, competitive position and valuation metrics. Published research quoted in Barrons, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and others. Professional accolades include recognition in Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Starmine. Presented to investment, industry and company executives ranging from one-on-one meetings to large groups. Specialties: Proven track record as successful equity analyst.
Deep understanding of business models, value drivers, industry and competitive landscape Advanced financial modeling, analysis, forecasting and reconciliation High level of written and verbal communication Excellent presentation skills Respected by peers, competitors, corporate clients, management and juniors.
Liana Cassar Strategy and Operations Consultant - Cassar Consulting
Liana is a healthcare operations and systems consultant who has worked in a range of organizations across the industry including overseeing operations at Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island and systems optimization for Enterprise Health Systems with athenaHealth. Additionally, Liana ran an online company she founded that focused on distribution of organic, medically safe personal care products.
Her interest in social entrepreneurship comes from her drive to see innovation solve the social problems that contribute to health issues, predominantly, but not exclusively, for women and girls.
Liana is committed to public service and is currently serving as a State Representative in the RI General Assembly. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Costa Rica on Community Development projects. Liana has also served on non-profit boards, including the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Simmons College.
Studio UX Lead/Design Strategist – Infosys Digital
Alicia currently is a UX Studio Lead and Design Strategist for a technology consulting company. She is passionate in using a variety of creative canvases and harnessing technology in delightful and inspiring ways to engage users with richly crafted storytelling and experiences. Being multilingual in design, technology and strategy, she’s able to balance creative integrity and emerging technology with business needs to problem solve through creative and innovative solutions.
Additionally, Alicia has lead creative direction in UX, branding, visual design, digital strategy and fashion design. Prior to a transition into technology, Alicia was head designer at a women’s and men’s apparel company.
Tino Chow Founder, Consultant – Giant Shoulders
Tino started Giant Shoulders after working in New York agencies and Bay area startups, believing that design plays an integral role in moving the world forward. He has worked with organizations and leaders from Mayo Clinic, GE Health, Proctor & Gamble, Marketwired, Sysomos, RISD and Waterfire.
Adjunct Professor of Business - Showa Boston Institute
Ms. Churchville had an accomplished career as a television executive. After retiring from broadcast, she joined the Office of the General Treasurer for the State of Rhode Island as the Director of College and Retirement Savings Plans. As Director of College and Retirement Savings Plans, Ms. Churchville is responsible for managing vendors (TIAA, Ascensus, Voya, Invesco and Fidelity) who provide record keeping and asset management for CollegeBound and the state's 529, 457, defined contribution and ABLE savings plans.
In her prior position as President and General Manager of NBC Owned Station, WJAR, Ms. Churchville was responsible for the station through a decade of turbulent and trans-formative times in media, news-gathering, technology and program distribution.
After earning her MBA from Harvard Business School, Ms. Churchville spent 15 years in sales and sales management for network owned television stations.
Trevor Storm Cobb Co-Founder - Bramble Outdoor
Trevor is a strategist and growth marketer who recently moved from San Francisco, California to Rhode Island. Trained in cultural anthropology, Trevor is passionate about the human side of marketing, product development, and innovation. He is an experiment-minded marketer who seeks to balance the subjectivity of strategy with the objectivity of data and validation. In 2015, Trevor co-founded Bramble Outdoor, an activist brand that creates products inspired by wild places, and contributes a portion of every purchase back to the preservation of those places. Months after founding the company, they launched in 42 REI stores across the west. They gained recognition over the summer as one of the “Five Best Startups of 2017” by Outside Magazine.
Prior to founding Bramble, Trevor worked with San Francisco based creative agency, CSpence Group, to develop and launch social action content and campaigns alongside organizations including: American Institute of Architects, AdCouncil, The US Army, Stonyfield Organic, Silk, Hyundai, Pepsi, and others. He and his team scaled a decentralized network of creative-activists from a pilot at Stanford to over 100 universities across the country. The program was a partnership with Participant Media and endeavored to connect millennial storytellers with professional development opportunities.
Trevor is a graduate of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center’s Milestone Makers program, Telluride Venture Accelerator, is an advisor for the Kaiser Permanente Biomedical Research Bank, and was part of a National Geographic Young Explorer team to be among the first to Ski the Sacred Headwaters of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Trevor is an avid surfer, cyclist, runner, skier, and mountaineer, and has an insatiable appetite for green chile grown in my native state, New Mexico.
Margo Crawford of Wave Productivity specializes in increasing the focus, organization and productivity of entrepreneurs, small business owners, telecommuters, and those working in home offices. Taking a caring and non-judgmental approach, she creates organized systems that fit the unique needs of her clients. She is a graduate of Emmanuel College, a small liberal arts college steps away from Fenway Park in Boston. Margo has worked in productivity and organizing for over 15 years in a variety of situations. In 2006, Margo collaborated with other productivity experts to publish the book Exploring Productivity. In 2016, Wave Productivity’s blog was awarded Top 100 Productivity Blogs on the internet.
She received her Specialist Certificate in Workplace Productivity through the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). A Specialist Certificate gives organizing and productivity professionals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a particular area of study, and demonstrates their commitment to professional development. In 2006, she was asked to speak at the NAPO Conference. This session allowed participants to share engaging ideas and develop innovative solutions to industry challenges.
Through the Institute of Applied Coaching, an accredited program through the International Coaching Federation, Margo received her certification as a C.O.C-Certified Organizer Coach. In 2015, Margo has been nominated for Emerging Entrepreneur and a Finalist for Women Business Owner of the Year in 2017. She is an avid surfer. She has traveled the world searching for the perfect waves and loves to catch them on her baby blue 7′ 8″ long board. When landlocked she enjoys creating art and visiting museums.
Global Strategy & Business Development Leader
Dan Crocker is a business leader with extensive experience in leading the strategy and driving the results of global businesses. His most recent roles have included serving as the COO of Daniele Foods, a third generation producer of specialty Italian charcuterie, and the SVP, Global Chief Customer Officer of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the iconic agricultural cooperative known for creating a broad portfolio of cranberry products sold to over 100 countries around the world. Holding a wide variety of leadership positions throughout his career, Dan has consistently demonstrated a relentless curiosity to discover creative solutions to complex business challenges, which is why working with SEG entrepreneurs is so inspiring to him. Dan’s background also includes working across a broad range of industries as an attorney in the public sector, in a corporate private practice, and as in-house counsel. Dan earned his law degree at the University of Iowa College of Law, and his undergraduate degree in economics and English from Drake University. Dan lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Erica, and their three children.
Founding Partner - Site Specific LLC
Peter Crump is the founding partner of Site Specific, a General Contractor and Construction Management company, located in Providence, RI. As leader of the company's vision, strategic focus, planning and implementation, he is responsible for driving operational excellence and maintaining Site Specific's client focused approach. Having served in all roles within the company, he has built Site Specific into the award-winning firm it is today. Since the inception of Site Specific in 2004, Crump has focused on recruiting an elite team of construction professionals. A designer and builder by trade, he studied at Parsons School of Design in New York City and received his BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Parsons, Paris. Working in the art world, he designed and built sculptures and art installations at museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. These days at Site Specific, Crump dedicates his time to business development and company vision and growth strategies. Mr. Crump has served on the New Urban Arts Board of Directors, currently he serves on the Providence Foundation Board of Directors and the Hope Club Board of Governors. He lives in Rumford, RI with his wife and three children.
President/CEO – Edgewood Holdings
Meredith A. Curren is the president/CEO of Edgewood Holdings, a private investment company. She was previously an owner and CEO of Pease & Curren, a refiner of precious metals. She is currently a board member and chair of the audit committee of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She also serves on the board of a number of other non-profit organizations. In addition, from 2000 to 2007, Ms. Curren served on the board of trustees of Ocean State Tax-Exempt Fund, a registered open-end registered investment company. Ms. Curren has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2002 and serves on our Executive Committee. Ms. Curren graduated from Smith College with a BA in English and Columbia University with an MBA in Finance, Marketing. She and her husband, Gary Frishman, live in Cranston, RI with their 3 children. In her free time, she enjoys squash, sailing, and skiing.
President – Eat Drink RI
David Dadekian is: President and primary writer/editor of Eat Drink RI ( eatdrinkri.com ); Outreach chairperson and member of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council ( rifoodcouncil.org ); cooking instructor and private chef; photographer of people, places and things ( dadekianphoto.com ); PR Director for Blackbird Farm ( blackbirdfarmri.com ); husband and father of two girls; he also dislikes writing in the third person.
Josh Daly Director, Southern Region – RI Small Business Development Center
I help small business owners start and grow their businesses. In my time with the RI Small Business Development Center, I have worked with 300+ clients, helping launch 35+ new businesses, create 200+ jobs, and secure $12 MM in capital.Some people study and practice public interest law. For me, it’s public interest business. My passion is helping institutions – universities, businesses, nonprofits – build and use their assets for community benefit and social change.
Tuan Dang is currently Senior Manager, Strategic Planning & Competitive Financial Benchmarking at International Game Technology (IGT). In addition to IGT, Tuan is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Luminous Development Group, a technology start-up based in Tallahassee, Florida. Throughout his career, he has developed expertise in all facets of corporate finance ranging from M&A, capital markets, strategic planning and investor relations. A native Rhode Islander, Tuan graduated from Bryant University with a degree in Finance is currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Executive Chairman – ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC.
Bill Daugherty is Executive Chairman of ANC Sports, the leading arena and signage digital signage company in the United States. He currently serves on the boards of ConnectEDU, Tickets-For-Charity and Creative Circle Media. Prior to launching DMI, Bill founded and served as co-CEO of Interactive Search Holdings, Inc. (ISH) until the company was sold to Ask Jeeves in May 2004. ISH was Google’s 2nd largest domestic distribution partner behind AOL. Prior to starting ISH, Bill served as Sr. Vice President of Business Development for the National Basketball Association where he worked from 1991-1999. Bill also served as the Managing Director of the NBA Consumer Products Division. Bill chairs the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Met Center, a charter high school in Providence and is Founder & Executive Chair of NBA Math Hoops. Bill received an MBA from the Harvard Business School (1991) and a BBA from the University of Georgia (1985). He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Bill and his wife, Tracy, live in Rhode Island with their three children.
Partner – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC
I have a core legal background in Equity Financing and Mergers & Acquisitions, but a best description is arguably "Outside General Counsel," under which I hat I provide an array of business and legal services across a broad spectrum of market needs to start-up, mid-cap and large business clients.
Kas is a Partner in Corporate & Business group at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC. His practice is best described as “Outside General Counsel,” but his particular skill sets are in corporate and transactional law, financing and mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, intellectual property, international business ethics and compliance, and arts and entertainment law, which he uses to help steer private for-profit and non-profit businesses and individuals. When he’s not wearing a tie, he’s a manic dabbler in product development and licensing, and an avid martial artist. Kas has been an active community volunteer on numerous fronts, including the Quonset Development Corporation, the Providence Economic Development Partnership, United Way of Rhode Island, the Greater Providence YMCA, Providence Athenaeum, Progresso Latino, The Met School. He’s also a member of the Rhode Island Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline, the Rhode Island Commodores and is a recent chair of the Thurgood Marshall Law Society. Kas received both his bachelor degree and J.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was named a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2010, and was twice named to Providence Business News’ Forty under Forty, Class of 2006 and 2007. Word has it that he’s no longer under Forty. His children believe that he is Batman—ask him about his comic book collection.
Founder – SIXCIA Business Development, LLC.
Sixcia Devine is a Google national speaker for Grow with Google. She is an entrepreneurship expert, Hispanic/Latina Media Communication, and Latin American Hispanic Marketing Specialist. She is author of "Tapping into The Hispanic Market". Offering keynote speeches and with a street-wise, college smart perspective on growing businesses.
She runs a Hispanic Marketing, Multicultural Communications and International business planning consulting firm and is a leading advisor on creating action-focused business strategies, partnering with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in Latin American, Caribbean and Europe.
She is also the founder of Caritas Smile (www.caritasmile.org), a charity focused on educating, inspiring and empowering women and children
Neurocoach – NeuroCoaching Training
Dedicated, motivated and hardworking professional, well-developed knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, administration, motivational speaking, organizational skills, team worker and therapeutic counseling. Passionate about educating others and giving the best to strengthen their well-being. I am always willing to learn new skills and expand my knowledge to provide the best to my employer and the community.
Strategic Initiative Officer - Bank Newport
Carmen Diaz-Jusino has been with the Center for Women & Enterprise, for the past eight years. She has a diverse array of professional experience - educator, community resources representative, job developer, counselor for teenagers, Spanish interpreter and manager. Diaz-Jusino is also an entrepreneur having started a learning center in her home country, the Dominican Republic. Today she is the director of New Enterprise and WBC, for CWE's four locations in New England. She holds degrees in Social Studies and Psychology and a Master in Science-Concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership.
CEO – The Capacity Group
I have extensive experience creating measurable, sustainable, positive change. My primary expertise is in team process, decision making, and evaluation. I am the CEO and founder of The Capacity Group (www.thecapacitygroup.com). I have also taught in the MBA program at Providence College for the past six years and I have twice been a visiting lecturer at Brown University's Social Enterprise Fellows Program. I am very involved in the social impact sector and was recognized in the Boston Business Journal for the tools I created to advance corporate philanthropy. I received Adoption Rhode Island's Beacon of Hope Award and I developed a program that received recognition from both Ashoka Changemakers and Harvard University's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Recently I have spoken on effective partnering, team decision making and evaluation at the Newport Chamber of Commerce, The Rhode Island Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island and the Grant Makers Council of Rhode Island. I am also an ongoing Mentor, Advisor, and Accelerator Applicant Reviewer with Social Enterprise Greenhouse, helping to build the next generation of innovative local businesses.
President & Founder, Rhode to Health, Inc.
As a nutrition educator and researcher, Kathleen has dedicated her work to increasing the public’s knowledge about the connection between nutrition and patterns of disease. Her practices aim to address the health of the whole by taking into account the physiology and biochemistry of the human body and our connection to our nature. Kathleen is a Functional Nutrition Practitioner, BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach and Author of the bestselling book, The Hidden Connection, and soon-to-be released Resilience. Her incredible story of recovery and hope is featured in the documentary film Secret Ingredients. Kathleen is the President and Founder of Rhode to Health, Inc, a corporation dedicated to teaching and empowering others to embrace the self-care model to dig us out of the healthcare crisis. She is the Founder of a grassroots organization called Nourished2Learn™ that bridges the gap between the foundation of nutrition and academic performance by teaching children, parents and administrators the importance of nutrition in public schools. She also serves as a Board member on the Rhode Island Department of Health’s, Board of Chiropractic Examiners, as well as, the Board of the Bionutrient Food Association as the Nutrition Advisor.
Regional Vice President of Higher Ed Sales - Salesforce
Over 15 years of experience in sales and sales leadership higher education. Currently the regional lead for Salesforce in the higher education space, leading a team of 7 to work with higher education institutions to provide optimal value to students across their entire student journey; from enrollment to proud alum. I am an education enabler. I educate current and future high performers on the key to sustained excellence: resilience. I believe that adversity creates opportunity, and through my book and podcast (The Sweet Adversity Podcast), I work to provide the stories, strategies, and tactics to help people achieve success and fulfillment in their lives. I am an active board member on two nonprofit boards: The Gary DiNardo Memorial Foundation, and Argosy Collegiate Charter School. I am a lifelong learner, husband, sometimes good (but mostly bad) golfer, curious, and all out good, hard working dude who is fascinated with how we develop resilience and use it to accomplish great things for the world and ourselves. I believe in continuing to seek growth, to seek understanding, to be curious about the people and things around you. If we do this, and cultivate this in our students and clients, we can create a more entrepreneurial, driven mindset and make a difference.
Director, Digital Solutions at PlatformQ Health
Coach and Consultant - Brittany Drozd Life & Business Coaching
MY MISSION IS TO LIGHT YOUR FIRE, SHAKE UP YOUR VIEW ON THE WORLD, AND HELP YOU CREATE THE LEGACY YOU REALLY WANT FOR YOUR LIFE. I help high-performing CEOs and entrepreneurs (like you) make more money, create a culture that attracts and retains top talent, and build a business that leaves you feeling happier and more fulfilled. I do that by helping you see your business through a different lens, implement proven strategies for success, and grow into the leader you've always wanted to be. What does that look like? I work 1:1 with entrepreneurs, leaders, and their teams to expose your blind spots, improve engagement, and build greater legacies. Who am I? I'm a mix of the following: a driven achiever, an enthusiastic cheerleader, and a superhero who can see exactly what you cannot see about your life.
Quentin du Plessix
Quentin is passionate about business,solving problems and food. He has a strong track record of setting up processes and systems for businesses in the restaurant / food area across different countries. Originally from France, where he graduated from Kedge Business School in Marseille, he has worked and lived in India, Peru, Italy and Mexico. In India he managed a French restaurant, and later he started his own Indian restaurant in Lyon, France. He created a unique concept of regional Indian food served in a casual bistro atmosphere. In 2019 he worked for a food delivery start-up in Mexico City and reorganized the company?s operations to improve productivity and drive growth. Now based in NYC, Quentin keeps exploring the food scene and shares his recipes on his trilingual food blog http://yesrecipeplease.com/
Consultant - Oria Mindful
Robyn Earley is a Speech-Language Pathologist and health care administrator who received her BA in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Florida and her MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from San Diego State University. She has over 20 years of experience as a healthcare leader in a variety of settings including long-term acute care, subacute rehab, outpatient, home health, hospice, long-term care and senior housing. Robyn served as the founder and head of a large Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology team at a Harvard Medical School affiliated health care continuum. As part of that experience, she established, directed and served as the clinical specialist for a Videoflouroscopy program. In addition to her speech pathology experience, Robyn is a certified LEAN/Six-Sigma green belt. Robyn also developed and successfully pitched the adoption of an employee wellness plan to her healthcare organization as part of an executive training program. Professionally, Robyn was active in both institutional and organizational ethics boards including serving as a consultant within her institution. Most recently, Robyn worked in business development and as a clinical specialist for an established mobile healthcare company. Within the community, Robyn was active in the Junior League of Boston, sponsoring and then chairing their partnership with Dress for Success Boston. In her spare time, Robyn is a competitive sailboat racer, avid snowboarder and overall outdoor enthusiast.
Design Strategist - RISD
Vice President of Investor Relations - Capital Good Fund
Kevin Egolf is an impact investing professional focusing his efforts on socially responsible farmland investing. His passion for sustainable agriculture and extensive finance background naturally led him into the growing impact investing field and towards agriculture. Through Iroquois Valley Farms, a leader in triple bottom line impact farmland investing, and Local Farms Fund, an early stage farmer land access venture in the NY Foodshed, Kevin helps investors achieve financial returns while providing social and environmental benefits alongside the investment gains. As the Chief Financial Officer of Iroquois Valley Farms, Mr. Egolf focuses his efforts on raising money and managing the money spent. He manages and leads the Company’s private offerings as well as keeps the books and records associated with the investors and corporate financials. Additionally, given his East Coast location is often the Company representative for East Coast activity. As a Co-Founder and Manager of Local Farms Fund, Kevin is bringing the Iroquois Valley Farms investment model on a small scale to local early stage farmers. Local Farms Fund is opening the doors of private investments to all investors, including non-accredited, following the principles of Slow Money. Prior to his work in socially responsible farmland investing, Kevin spent several years in investment banking and private equity developing extensive experience in corporate valuation, transaction management and fundraising. Kevin is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Computer Science. At Wesleyan University, he was Academic All-American, All-New England, 4-time varsity letter recipient and senior captain in the sport of wrestling. He continues to promote and teach the sport of wrestling as a wrestling coach, currently as coach of Nathan Bishop Middle School a 6-8 public school in Providence, Rhode Island.
Vice President of Branding and Communications – United Natural Foods
20+years successfully leveraging brand strategy & design as a business driver for global multi-million dollar companies. Recognized for her leadership, creative talent, and development of innovative solutions, Josephine’s expertise in brand strategy and the product development lifecycle has allowed her to lead cross-functional teams at Schering-Plough, Estée Lauder, Mattel, Hasbro & United Natural Foods. Jo has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MBA in Global Business & Innovation from Northeastern University and has taught at FIT, RISD & in the Masters of Branding program at SVA.
Associate Professor of Sociology – Bryant University
Sandra Enos, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology at Bryant University where she coordinates the service learning program and the social entrepreneurship concentration. Dr. Enos is the author of several articles on community-university partnerships and the pedagogy of service-learning. Dr. Enos has taught courses in philanthropy and serves on several boards in Rhode Island. She is currently researching the history of child welfare in the state and working with several agencies to bring that history to the public.
Attorney at Law - Law Office of Dawn Euer
Dawn is a licensed Rhode Island Attorney and dynamic strategic thinker with extensive experience mobilizing non-profits. She has used her government relations, law, and policy background to win multiple successful political campaigns and helps organizations bridge the gap from concept to implementation. Dawn is able to employ her deep understanding of political and legal processes to deliver meaningful results - increasing public awareness, advancing social causes and managing multi-party negotiations. She focuses her law practice on employment & labor law, nonprofit, and social entrepreneurs - including benefit corporations and impact investing.
Antonieta is an experienced business professional committed to supporting social enterprise. Her work has spanned a variety of industries in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She most recently served as CFO for Social Enterprise Greenhouse, and her prior experience included a position as Small Business Coach for the Latino Economic Development Center in Washington DC, assisting entrepreneurs to start businesses and develop management skills. Her nonprofit work followed her initial career in management consulting with Accenture in Boston and five years as General Manager of Ocean Rodeo, a Canadian company that designs and distributes kiteboarding equipment. Antonieta’s education includes a BS in Engineering, an MBA with specialization in Entrepreneurship. She is an impact-focused business leader with financial and operations expertise and executive leadership experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Antonieta is committed to developing and supporting enterprises whose primary goal is achieving a positive social impact while maintaining financial self-sustainability. Specialties: Small business development and entrepreneurship, business and non profit management, financial management and consulting. Also have experience in ERP system implementations, supply chain management and global distribution. Have worked in the telecommunications, IT & management consulting, sports equipment and nonprofit industries. Native fluency in English and Spanish, conversational Portuguese and Italian.
Director - PricewaterhouseCoopers
Laurence is an experience Director in PwC's Deals practice in New York specializing in providing complex accounting, capital markets transactions and financial reporting advisory services to public and private companies. She is accompanying small firms and multinationals through successful domestic and cross borders capital market transactions such as IPO, acquisitions, divestitures and debt and equity capital raising. She has guided companies from day one through the intricacies of their new market with functional and industry knowledge that helps build solid roots and sustainable future. Laurence is an experience deal professional possessing a unique blend of business and technical savvy and partners with key stakeholders to align on business priorities and drive effective solutions. She has proven to be a key advisor for finance and business team providing guidance to ensure complex business transactions are accounted and reported properly. She has more than 18 years of experience working with companies in the U.S. and internationally in solving complex business transactions around accounting, financial reporting and financial operations in a variety of industries including, pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail and consumer, technology and media & entertainment. Laurence operates with curiosity, creativity and agility and an ability to work in a fast paced and/or complex environment. She leads and mentors high performing teams and drives a culture of positivity and opportunities for growth. She is well known for positive outlook and ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to achieve common goals. Her primary passion is people, touching other lives, helping individuals and communities fully actualize their true potential. Laurence has a B.B.A. from the EDHEC Business School (Finance and Accounting) and Master Degree in Economics from the University of Nice, France and is a certified public accountant licensed by the State of New York.
Founder, Brand Strategist, Copywriter – Big Picture Branding
An action-oriented creative strategist with 10 years of experience building brand and marketing strategies for both consumer and B2B brands. Acutely skilled in audience engagement strategies, Courtney has a passion for constructing and communicating brand narratives. She helps companies and brands tell their story, create a unique culture around shared goals, showcase the things that drive us, and make people feel inspired and connected to something outside of themselves.
President – HEYMB Food Enterprises, LLC.
John Farber has over 25 years experience in developing and managing brands in the food and housewares sector. He is currently the president of HEYMB Food Enterprises LLC which manages the food and housewares businesses of renowned chef Mario Batali. Mr. Farber was also an owner/founder of OXO International, the iconic housewares brand. Prior to OXO, Mr. Farber spent 6 years on Wall Street in the Mergers and Acquisitions Business. Mr. Farber has an MBA from Yale University and a AB from Oberlin College.
Founder – Feeney Law Group
Mr. Alan Feeney is the Founder of Feeney Law Group, a U.S. law firm specializing in intellectual property law. He served as the Senior Patent Counsel for a major biopharmaceutical company and was responsible for the development of the pharmaceutical portfolio for all research conducted in the United States, Ireland and Spain. Serving as both in-house counsel and in private practice, Mr. Feeney has practiced law for over twenty-five years with more than twenty years specializing in intellectual property law. In his practice, Alan’s background allows him to provide unique insight using a 360 view of patent law, including strategy, development, drafting, prosecution, and protection of biopharmaceutical patents. He has notable accomplishments in the development of partnerships and collaborations. Mr. Feeney has a specialized, advanced law degree in Intellectual Property. As part of the Feeney Law Group, Mr. Feeney was a subcontracted examiner in the biotech unit of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. From 2014-June 2015 he was a Patent Contractor to CPA Global Limited, a private company. Alan is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida, District of Columbia and the federal courts for New York as well as being registered to practice before the U.S. and Canadian patent offices.
Head of Field and Partner Marketing LATAM – UiPath
Innovative marketing leader with demonstrated success in leading cross-functional initiatives to drive demand, grow revenue and deliver stellar customer experiences. Accomplished in creating and aligning go-to-market strategies that achieve sales goals.
Expertise in developing and executing field and channel marketing programs, integrated marketing campaigns, digital marketing, content development and websites—across the US and Latin America. Extensive experience setting, tracking and reporting on pipeline metrics—adjusting programs to improve lead quality as well as lead-to-opportunity and opportunity-to-close rates.
Adept at transforming operations and processes to streamline workflows and improve efficiencies. Quickly grasps complex problems, identifies core issues and develops creative solutions. Adjusts swiftly and effectively to changing business needs.
Skilled in driving consensus up and down the organization and rallying people around a common goal. Highly effective relationship builder and communicator with C-level executives, marketing and sales leaders, colleagues, direct reports, partners, suppliers and customers. Collaborative leader who builds, develops and motivates high performing teams to achieve individual and team objectives.
COO - Phoenix Bulkus
Mr. Filanowski serves as Chief Operating Officer and is a director of the Company. Mr. Filanowski formed Intrepid Shipping LLC with Richard du Moulin in 2002. He started his career at Ernst & Young from 1976 to 1984, where he worked as a certified pulic accountant. Subsequently, Mr. Filanowski spent 4 years at Armtek Corporation, where he served as Vice President and Controller. From 1989 to 2002, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at Marine Transport Corporation, which he helped take private from NASDAQ. He is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping. He earned a BS from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from New York University.
CEO – Aquanis, Inc
I earned a PhD in Marine Engineering at MIT, and have had a 23 year career in a variety of managerial and technical roles supporting the marine, defense, aeronautical and energy industries. My passion is bridging technology innovation with business development in the renewable energy and clean technology space. I am currently founder and CEO of Aquanis, Inc., where we are developing a new technology that will help to lower the cost of wind energy.
Antonio E Fonseca
Co-Owner – Packaging & More
Antonio E. Fonseca is the other second generation family member currently directing Packaging & More. A graduate of the Film Department at the University of Notre Dame, Tony joined Packaging & More full time in 2005. Tony principally oversees the sales side of the business, personally handling many of the outstanding relationships Packaging & More has with its customers. He lives in Rumford with his wife, children, and aging golden retriever
Sex & Life Coach
My name is Angie Forigua. I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Four years ago I decided to start a new journey. Since then, I’ve learned compassion, which gave me courage that I didn’t know I had, I’ve fallen, but got back up. And from that, I learned patience, respect for my body and self-care, which helped me not only empower myself, but the women in my life as well. To this day I still wonder why I decided to enter this world of sexuality. Like most of us, my sexual education was basic. But sexuality is the engine of emotions, the flow and exchange of energies between people. Sexuality is in everything we do in our daily lives. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience-based Professional Coaching. I understand that our brain, although simple as it may seem, is very complex. With work, it can be guided to help people in their personal, social, sexual and spiritual growth. I am here because I want to share my energy and knowledge with you. To help empower you from the base that is the brain. I’m opening the doors of my heart and mind, hoping to accompany you on your journey. My approach is to educate you through sexual health, and emotional management without taboos, so that you recognize and nourish yourself. Are you ready?
Success Coach - RBF Fitness and Nutrition
I have been owner of RBF Fitness and Nutrition since 2009.
I started Robert B. Foster, LLC in 2017 for my speaking and business coaching business.
I spent 15 years as a restaurant manager (front of house, kitchen, and general manager.)
I have formal training as a professional speaker
Certified facilitator of True Colors Personality Assessment.
I have had a business coach since 2013.
5 year's experience in sales/marketing.
Michael recently retired from the YMCA after a 39 year career that spanned three Y associations (North Attleboro Mass, Manchester NH and the YMCA of Greater Providence). Michael served in numerous capacities, including VP=Leadership Development, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Michael has been engaged as a community volunteer with Girls Rock RI, First Works RI, College Visions, Youth Pride and Young Voices. Michael served on the NUA Board from 1997-2003 and served as Board Chair 2000-2002. Since 2014, Michael has engaged as a Consulting Partner with over 25 small to mid-sized nonprofits in the areas of Strategic Planning, Board Development and Fund Development. Since 2016, Michael has led an Executive Director Learning Circle at the United Way of RI and has also Coached two Collective Impact Alliances in the city of Attleboro, Mass.
Director of Sales & Leasing at Paolino Properties
Michael Friedman is Vice President at Clubhouse Capital LLC, a corporate finance advisory firm located in Providence, RI with a focus on raising corporate and real estate debt. Previously, Michael spent four years at Gerber Finance Inc., an Asset Based Lender to lower middle market companies. He is also the managing partner of Mulligan's Island, LLC, operator of a golf and family entertainment center in Cranston, RI. He was formerly President/CEO of Paramount Restaurant Supply Corp., Monarch Industries, Inc., and of MMF Realty, LLC, which owned industrial real estate in and around Rhode Island. Michael is currently a Member of the Corporation for Johnson & Wales University. Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a BS in Economics and a concentration in Accounting and Entrepreneurial Management. He is a native of Providence and now lives in East Greenwich where he currently resides with his wife and three children.
Executive Director - Feeney Law Group
Mr. Frugé specializes in Life Sciences IP, Tech Startups, Global Business Development, and the growth of early to mid-stage companies. He has over 25 years of operations and executive management experience and has successfully developed three healthcare delivery companies. Mr. Frugé is currently the co-founder and Executive Director for Feeney Law Group, a global intellectual property law firm dedicated to the advancement of life sciences and technology R & D. Mr. Frugé developed two privately held companies that worked exclusively with the U.S. Government. For over 14 years, he worked in partnership with multiple VA Medical Centers across the U.S. assuring federal contract compliance, clinical operations standards, and health information security. As co-founder of Valor Healthcare and Senior Vice President of MedMark Services, he was responsible for the startup and operations of 28
Moriah Garcia Nelson
Program Manager - Compass Working Capital
Bilingual professional in International Studies, emphasis in Latin America, with MBA from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Experience in design and implementation of social projects focused on economic, community and personal development. Skills in strategic management of a wide variety of stakeholders including government, society and private sector. Innovative leader, passionate about optimizing processes and practices in organizations in order to create value for both companies and the society. Motivated by working in diverse teams on projects that require creative problem solving.
Co-President – Cause & Effect Inc.
Gayle L. Gifford, MS, ACFRE, co-President of Cause & Effect Inc., is a nationally known consultant, author and trainer providing strategic consultation to nonprofit and public sector organizations. Gayle's 30+ years of experience include public engagement design and facilitation, board development, strategic and business planning and fund development. Her clients have included foundations, coalitions and advocacy organizations, government agencies and an array of nonprofits from the grassroots to international.
Prior to consulting, Gayle served in senior management roles at Plan USA (nee Fosters Parents Plan) and Save The Bay. Gayle is one of just over 100 fundraisers worldwide who hold the advanced credential ACFRE awarded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Gayle is an adjunct instructor in the Masters in Public Humanities program at Brown University. Gayle is co-researcher on the Alliance for Nonprofit Management's study "Voices of Board Chairs" and a soon to be released study on board leadership. She is member of the Alliance's Governance Affinity Group and the Terry McAdam Book Award Committee. Gayle is author of two books and a contributor to four others on nonprofit management and governance.
Gayle is an active community volunteer and chairs the board of Blackstone Academy Charter School. She holds an MS in management from Antioch University New England and a A.B. from Clark University.
Supervisory Research Biologist – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Tim Gleason has over twenty five years of experience in marine and coastal environmental research. He currently serves as a supervisory research biologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Tim is interested in the business solutions to environmental challenges and has considerable experience in leadership and organizational development. Tim holds a BS in Biology from Bates College, MS in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and an MBA from University of Rhode Island. Tim is an avid sea kayaker and an active volunteer with the Rhode Island Canoe and Kayak Association.
Care Transformation Collaborative RI
Jill Glickman has over 20 years of experience in community outreach, project management, program & organizational development, group/meeting facilitation, and communication. For the last 17 years, she has worked as a consultant locally, regionally and nationally for non-profit organizations, government agencies, higher education institutions, K-12 schools and cross-sector public/private collaborations. Starting in 2013, Ms. Glickman has worked on several large-scale healthcare reform efforts in Rhode Island. Jill was part of the statewide team that launched HealthSource RI (HSRI), Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange in Fall 2013. At HSRI, she was lead consultant and project manager for community-based enrollment assistance programs and related outreach efforts across the state. Currently, she is part of the consultant team working on Rhode Island’s State Innovation Model (SIM) Test grant. Jill’s work focuses on SIM’s Integrated Population Health planning process, Sustainability planning, Strategic Partnership development and other related initiatives. From 2013 -2016, Ms. Glickman was also project consultant and facilitator for The Providence Plan’s Information Group (now called DataSpark and housed within the University of Rhode Island). In this role, she worked in collaboration with data analysts and lead state partners to facilitate cross- agency dialogue and analysis of linked, aggregated statewide data in order to address some of the most pressing issues facing Rhode Island today. She is a trained, experienced group facilitator and has completed basic mediation training. Prior to her consulting career, Ms. Glickman worked as a teacher, program director, and executive director. She holds a BA in history from Brown University and a MA in Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Rhode Island Quality Institute
Owner - Xzito Creative Solutions, LLC
We're still waiting for a design challenge Jairo can't solve. From print ads to logo design to complex package design, Jairo draws from his varied range of experience. Before founding Xzito, Jairo laid out creative and publication work for Providence en Español, and worked as a jewelry designer and illustrator for Herff Jones. At Franklin Sports he designed packages for brand name giants like Nickelodeon, the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. As Creative Director he understands both print and web design, and the printing process. He's currently working on ways to implement new technology like Augmented Reality into clients' communications strategies. For fun, Jairo loves playing basketball year round and some occasional skiing during the winter season. And if he's not at work or on another outdoor adventure, he's probably spending time with family and friends.
Start-up Founder – SquadLocker
Todd is a growth-focused start up executive who excels at launching disruptive tech-innovations. His most recent project, SquadLocker, a Warwick-RI based company, is launching new digital experiences making it easier for teams to manage decorated apparel purchasing.
Tereann is an experienced executive and advocate skilled in assisting nonprofit enterprises with tailored capacity building to advance their mission and achieve their next level of organizational maturity and sustainability. She is effective in developing institutional vision, strategic opportunities, and custom solutions that build collaborations, maximize resources, and expand community engagement. She has held senior positions with cultural sector venue, music, theater, opera, arts education, and arts council organizations, and as a cause advocate her work in Rhode Island has assisted in the recognition and strengthening of the state’s creative economy and the impact of cultural assets as a central component in the economic revitalization of Providence.
Founder/CEO - Business Inside Out
I'm Nikki Groom, a business and brand strategist on a mission to help business owners and executives to amplify their impact and their income by owning their purpose and their power. I help them clarify their vision and uncover their calling so that they can create a life that is meaningful and fulfilling. And I help them align their core values with the way that they lead so that they can build their business and their brand from the inside out and from the outside in.
Clinical Assistant Professor - Brown University
Nicholas, a native New Yorker, has been in Rhode Island since 1996. He attended Bowdoin College in Maine and then medical school at Mt. Sinai in NYC. He is a primary care physician who is double boarded in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, seeing patients of all ages. He was the Physician Chief of Anchor Medical Associates’ Warwick office, a private practice where he saw patients for 18 years. He has also been treating patients at the Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care Center since 1996 where he teaches residents and medical students as a member of the Brown faculty. This is an inner-city clinic which is a