Team lady Project
CEO + Co-Founder, PVD Lady Project City Manager, Board of Directors President
Sierra Barter is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Lady Project. Ms. Barter serves on the Board of Directors for The Lady Project as board chair, mentor with Year Up, adviser to the Millennial Professional Group, a TEDxProvidence speaker and volunteers with Friends of Homeless Animals, fostering rescue dogs. She has previously served on boards for Girls on the Run RI, Summit Neighborhood Association and StyleWeek Northeast.
Sierra Barter has been honored as one of Providence Monthly's "10 to Watch", listed as Rhode Island Monthly's "Most Powerful Women" and the YWCA "Woman of Achievement in 2014, one of Glamour's 'Hometown Heroes" in 2015 and as "Leading Women" by Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. In 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Jorge Elorza to serve on the City of Providence's "Millennial Task Force."
A Wisconsin native, Ms. Barter moved to Providence in 2005 to attend Johnson & Wales University. She graduated in 2009 with her BS in Marketing & Advertising Communications. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Johnson & Wales University.
Sierra lives on the East Side of Providence with her two dogs, Lucy & Dee Dee and enjoys practicing yoga, a good craft beer and eating Mexican food whenever possible.
Co-Founder + Managing Partner
Julie Sygiel is an entrepreneur and freelance consultant. She consults in the areas of Public Relations, Fundraising, Kickstarter Campaigns, Branding, and Community Engagement. Julie is the founder of Dear Kate, a startup that makes high performance underwear and yoga pants. While under Julie’s leadership, Dear Kate was recognized as a leader in the body-positive movement and a pioneer in developing functional garments for women. In 2014 Dear Kate launched a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its goal by almost 1000%, ranking in the top 1% of all campaigns ever published.
She is a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors and has a special place in her heart for Girl Scout Cookies given that she sold 10,000 boxes while growing up. Julie graduated in 2009 from Brown University with a degree in chemical engineering.
Creative Director, PVD Lady Project Creative Manager
Sarah grew up in a small beach town by the pine barrens of New Jersey. Her passion for computers and graphic design started at a young age when she chose to attend vocational school for computer science and flourished as she attended Johnson & Wales University for Graphic Design & New Media. She loves color, playful design and striking style. Currently Sarah serves as Graphic Designer at Fenton Glass Jewelry and Creative Director at The Lady Project. She is in charge of our each chapter's branding, our bi-annual Lady Project Gift Guides, social media graphics and more. Sarah's interest include movies and comics, women and girls in technology and her labradoodle Daisy.
Special Projects Manager
Born and raised in Providence, Kate knows the ins and outs of the Ocean State. After graduating from Rhode Island College, she started her career as a Graphic Designer. With a passion for design, events, and fitness, Kate is in charge of our active nights, book clubs, and an array of special projects in between, including our pop-up member shop at the 2014 and 2015 Summits. You can find Kate running the Blackstone Boulevard, Instagramming the hottest new restaurants, or beaching it in the summer. She has a deep love for the city of Providence, and she prefers her lobster rolls hot and buttered.
Director of Communications
Cathrine Nelson is a social media strategist with a passion for inspiration. She just graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Sports/ Entertainment/ Event Management. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Cathrine has decided to make Providence her new home. She strives to grow her personal brand and make a positive difference in her community. In her freetime, Cathrine loves to try a new restaurant and spend time with her friends + family.
Director of Development
Corinne Barber is a fundraising professional hailing from Massachusetts, but having found her home in Providence, RI. Currently, she works for the Rhode Island Historical Society as their development officer and helping to connect Rhode Islanders with their history (It's pretty amazing). Outside of work, Corinne loves to cook, practice bodhran, read and try her hand at home brew. She also believes that every lady should know how to change her own tire.
Editor in Chief, Lady Project Blog, PVD Lady Project Photographer
Brittanny Taylor is a fashion and lifestyle photographer and social media branding consultant working in New England and New York. She was born and raised in Providence. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA in Film Studies. She also co-founded The Insta Edit, a workshop on how to leverage social media for your brand.
Read Brittanny's posts here.
Membership + Development Associate
Originally from Upstate New York, Mikey came to Providence to attend Johnson & Wales University where he studied Liberal Studies. He began his involvement with the Lady Project as a volunteer and intern. After graduating from college, and falling in love with the New England area, Mikey became a Member and Development Associate for The Lady Project.
Mikey is currently the Development Assistant for Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) where he enjoys working with animals and people to further the cause of animal welfare in the Rhode Island area. Outside of work, Mikey enjoys reading, exploring the historic parts of Rhode Island, and beer. Lots of beer.
Director of Travel
Bethany grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts which instilled a love and appreciation of the benefits of sustainable tourism. After receiving her graduate degree in Intercultural Communication and living in Alicante, Spain, Bethany has worked in product, sales and marketing within the travel industry for the last nine years. Her vocation has brought her to almost 30 countries, including Israel, Jordan, Colombia and Antarctica in 2017. She has a dedication to negotiating her way to equality; a love for puns, her cats, and passport stamps; and is co-captain of The Rolling Stones, a competitive Downtown Providence bocce team.
Carolyn V. Marsden is an art director and visual artist currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the Art Director for Rhode Island Monthly magazine. Carolyn completed a Master's in Fine Arts with distinction at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM). Before completing her MFA, she earned a B.A. at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and worked for Boston magazine as a graphic designer. She is the editor of Noted*, the Lady Project newsletter.
Social Media Coordinator, Lady Project Blog
Bethany Caliaro is a recent Johnson & Wales University Graduate working in the Providence restaurant scene. She loves connecting with the Providence community through her work with The Lady Project and her Instagram. In her spare time, she tries to grow plants and eats out with her friends.
Read Bethany's posts here.
Summit Event Manager
A transfer to the Ocean State, Emily has resided in Rhode Island since 2009 when she began at Johnson & Wales University. After graduation Emily decided to stay in Rhode Island; taking opportunities in the event industry at the Hope Club, Brown University and Teespring Inc. She is currently the Social Event Sales Coordinator with Pranzi Catering and Events. In her free time, when she is not planning events for the Providence Preservation Society and the Lady Project, she plays for the Providence Roller Derby Travel Team. She is a member of the Board of Directors as the Operations Manager and is helping lead Recruitment. Watch her rock out with her glock out as Goldie Glocks at any of the home season bouts.
Splitting her time up down the East Coast from Providence to Tampa, Grace started at Johnson & Wales University Providence campus as an Early Enrollment Student to study International Business. From there, she took on experiential education by working on communication projects and strategies for nonprofits and local government officials to stay abreast of her two passions for public policy and communications. After earning a B.S. with concentrations in Business Communications and World Languages in May 2015, she hopes to pursue a dual law and public policy degree within the next two years. Grace is an analyzer, a learner, and someone who believes in making a difference and getting stuff done.
Creative & Social Media Intern
Taryn was born in the heart of Pennsylvania and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and then Harmony, New Jersey. She is a passionate, artistic, and rather strange Southern/Jersey girl who loves making friends and new memories everywhere she goes. She attended a Technical High School where she graduated with a certification in Graphic and Commercial Design and is currently a senior at Johnson & Wales University studying Graphic Design. She currently works at the Johnson & Wales Entrepreneurship Center as the lead graphic designer who's responsibility is to create promotional items and full branding for student ventures. Her dream is to graduate JWU with honors and become an illustrator and typography specialist for a book publishing company.
Director of Membership, BOS Outreach & Membership Coordinator
Brandee was born in Kansas, raised in Arkansas, and relocated to Boston. She got involved with The Lady Project after she managed BUST magazine's subscription table at the first Lady Project Summit in 2013. She has since become not only the Manager of Membership and Outreach in the Boston City Chapter, but has also been appointed as the Director of Membership of The Lady Project Organization. In addition to her Lady Project duties, she coordinates events for BUST Magazine, manages her husband's magic business, and knits hats for Caps for Kids (a Boston Metro area non-profit). In what spare time she can carve out, she enjoys photography, pen-paling, crafting, cooking, dancing, zumba, reading fiction, and traveling. Also, she's a huge Doctor Who fan. Huge!