Pearl Farquharson Owner, Creative Director Delsie Catering and Events @Delsiecatering
As Owner and Creative Director of Delsie Catering and Events, Pearl combines her passion for fine dining,innovative design and fashion to create a unique concept called "Food Art", marrying the craftsmanship of local artists with fresh organic ingredients from local farms.
Featured in industry leading magazines, such as Bizbash, Rhode Island Monthly and Providence Monthly, Pearl has earned the name of the go-to cater when trendsetting cuisine, unparalleled service and innovative design matters the most. She has also been recognized nationally by her unconventional approach to food design.
In May 2016, Pearl was chosen to give the 2016 Culinary Arts Commencement Speech at Johnson and Wales University. Four weeks later in June 2016, she was the recipient of the University’s 10 Under 10 Award. This honor was given to distinguished alumni, who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and achieved a career of noteworthy accomplishment within 10 years of graduating. Recipients were selected from thousands of candidate’s on the basis of excellence in career achievements and contributions to the community.
Other noteworthy accomplishments include her recent acceptance to Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses Program, a highly selective program designed to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity for the State of Rhode Island.
Above all, Pearl is most proud of her mission to give back to her community through Delsie Catering and Events' campaign, #Delsiegivesback. To date, the Delsie team has volunteered and supported many community initiatives such as Year Up's mentorship program, cooking for residents of Crossroads, and Building parks and teaching about food sustainability with the Partnership for Providence Parks.
Devienna moved Providence to pursue her MFA at Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. As she graduated from grad school, her first job was being Craftland's first hire (ever), managing the pop-up store and its' artists volunteers in 2006. Devienna is a mother of two, living in Providence, making her jewelry line (DA Metals Jewelry) out of her studio in Pawtucket, and is a co-owner of Craftland. Her jewelry is sold in hundreds of retail stores and museum shops nationally, since 2009.
Katryn McIntosh graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Painting, and discovered her passion for programming by way of a colorful career in communications strategy and fashion.
As a lifelong maker, she enjoys the blend of analytical and creative thinking requisite in web development. She is currently a software engineer at Upserve and an active member of Girl Develop It.
Beyond the screen, her hobbies include reading, spending time with her dog Cowboy, and pushing paint around in her studio.
Emily Crowell Director of Communications City of Providence @maleeward
Emily Crowell is a born and raised Rhode Islander. She attended St. Mary’s Academy Bay View and went on to graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Political Science and Natural Resource Conservation and minors in Art and English. After college she worked for U.S. Senator Jack Reed as a Field Representative before leaving the federal office to work as Field and Outreach Manager for his successful 2014 campaign.
As of January 2015, Emily has worked for Mayor Jorge Elorza and currently serves as his Acting Director of Communications. Specializing in strategic communications and outreach, Emily spends all of her free time studying the Huffington Post, social media and people.
Stephanie Gonzalez Associate Director of Partnerships Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy @steph_gonzalez_
Stephanie was born and raised in Central Falls, attended Boston College as an undergrad, but inspired by the changes in her hometown, she returned home in hopes of playing a role in the City's transformation. Seeing education as one of the most important needs in the community, Stephanie was appointed to the Central Falls School Board of Trustees in 2011 and is currently the Associate Director of Partnerships at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy.
Stephanie sits on numerous boards and commissions across the state including Girls on the Run Rhode Island, RI Commission on Women, Sophia Academy, and Central Falls City Council.
Jessica is a RISD grad living and working in Providence. After many years as a freelance illustrator, Jessica decided to launch her own wedding stationery business with the help of her husband Robin, and their faithful dog Biscuit.
She combines her love of hand lettering, illustration and color to create invitations that truly reflect the personalities and tastes of the couples she works with. Next year, she is planning to launch the wholesale portion of her business at the National Stationery Show in New York.
LeeAnn Byrne Policy Director; Owner RI Coalition for the Homeless; Good for You Consulting @leeannbyrne
LeeAnn Byrne is the Policy Director at the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, leading the organization’s effort in policy advocacy and government relations. She has successfully advocated for a dedicated funding stream for housing vouchers for people experiencing homelessness, the passage of the nation’s first Homeless Bill of Rights, and the recent $50 million Housing Opportunity Bond (Question 7), all in direct collaboration with the Coalition's constituents and member agencies.
LeeAnn received her Masters in Social Work, with a focus on policy and administration, from Rhode Island College and her Bachelors in Social Work from Providence College. Recently, she started her own political consulting firm, Good for You Consulting, specializing in campaign management, fundraising, Get Out the Vote efforts and volunteer management for campaigns for state legislative campaigns.
Lisa Fougere Principal Business Analyst FM Global
Lisa Fougere is a seasoned IT professional with a background in business application development in support of many fields of industry, including computer, health care and insurance. She has developed proven skills in both the project management and business analysis disciplines.
As a role model to two daughters, she has developed a passion for the advancement of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She has put this passion to good use by becoming involved in numerous organizations aimed at coaching women to achieve their goals and breakdown barriers to success. Lisa is chair of the Women in Technology committee with the Tech Collective.
She is currently a Principal Business Analyst at FM Global in Johnston, RI and earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Designer and owner of Cleverhood, a US made high performance outerwear company.
Lisa Ranglin President & CEO Ranglin and Associates LLC @LisaRangling
Lisa Ranglin, President & CEO at Ranglin and Associates. Ranglin & Associates is a multidisciplinary consulting firm designed to provide integrated Program and Project Management services to our clients. We work with clients to plan, manage projects and program from start to implementation while delivering their scope of work in a cost effective manner. Our work is delivered with the highest quality and we provide our clients transformation and focused services. Service offerings include formal, yet tailored approaches to meet the needs of our diverse clients.
Lisa has worked in the financial industry for over 15 years. Lisa has strong change management experience with a consistent track record of delivering solutions that enable new capabilities and improve current business operations. Proven ability to manage staff, negotiating agreements, financial management and managing vendor relationships. Demonstrates ability to lead teams to improve performance and adapt to rapidly changing environment and shifting priorities.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Programming Technology. In addition, she is a certified Project Management Professional and also holds Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Green Belt Certification, awarded by Bank of America and holds a Real Estate Salesperson license.
Lisa has received many accolades for her work such as: Named one of Rhode Island’s most powerful and Influential women by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine; “16 To Watch” for 2016 by GoLocalProv.
Also, Community Person of Year by RI Affirmative Acton Professionals, Rosa Parks Award from NAACP and Woman of Achievement Award from YWCA
Brandie Leach is the self-taught designer, owner and maker of RetroStitch; an eclectic collection of handbags with repurposing at the heart. She created her brand in 2013 and draws inspiration from everyday women and the beauty they exemplify. Brandie served 8 years in the active duty Army and resides in Cumberland with her husband and four children.
Champagne & Ink is a creative event design and styling team run by two friends, Ellen PJ Kelly and Danielle McCarthy. Ellen and Danielle took their career experiences in art, design, management, and events and combined them to create a new, unique company specializing in high-end one-of-a-kind and handmade work.
Clients find Champagne & Ink for custom designed wedding and event stationery, letterpress, prop building, photo shoot styling and direction, decor sourcing and creation, vendor curating and much more.
Dawn Euer Attorney Law Office of Dawn Euer @euer_law
Dawn Euer has been an organizer and activist all her life. She helped lead the efforts at Marriage Equality Rhode Island from 2011 through the passage of the marriage equality bill in 2013. She has worked on countless high profile political and issue campaigns and currently runs her own law firm. Dawn founded the Law Office of Dawn Euer because she believes involvement in the legislative and judicial systems are essential to advance social justice.
Jeanette Palmer Head of Client Services NAIL Communications @jeanettepalmer
Jeanette Palmer is the Head of Client Services for NAIL Communications, a strategically minded advertising agency where no two challenges are ever the same. Current clients range from national and regional brands, including: Stonyfield Farms, New Balance, Brown University and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
Kaitlyn Vicente Community Manager NAIL Communications @kaitvmaim
Kaitlyn grew up on the Internet—her awkward adolescent years safely entombed in the torment servers of AIM, Live journal, and MySpace. As a community manager at NAIL, she charms trolls and maintains the brand’s voice and tone across nuanced platforms, while staying culturally relevant, authentic, and timely. Her goal is to build up the brand’s reputation through a collection of fast, short-term relationships and consumer conversations.
To describe Kaitlyn in three fictional characters, she’d be April Ludgate from Parks and Recreations, Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, and Abbi’s alter ego Val from Broad City.
Lizzi Weinberg came to advertising by way of filmmaking as she spent the early part of her career in the San Francisco Bay Area at Pixar Animation Studios. Since 2007, she has been at NAIL Communications, an advertising agency in Providence, Rhode Island, where she serves as Head of Production.
At NAIL, Lizzi has produced campaigns that have won some of the industry's most prestigious advertising awards, including Clio, Effie, Jay Chiat, One Show, FWA, and Webby. But she is probably most proud that, unprompted and without being paid, one of NAIL's campaigns was a Jon Stewart bit on the Daily Show.
Olivia is a Providence-based stylist who lives for helping her clients go through personal transformations by falling in love with their wardrobes, and enhancing their signature styles. As a style expert, Olivia works with companies, and professional photographers to bring their vision for fashion spreads and videos to life with sheer creativity and passion.
When she's not spending time with her family of four (dog included), she is either interviewing designers and shops for her Style Stops Facebook Live series, or scouting for vintage finds!
Nora Meah Talent Business Partner Upserve @norameah
Talent hacker, public education reformer, adaptive + lifelong learner. Nora is a career changer who spent 16+ years forging change in public education policy from the classroom to the board room. Now, she is helping to prove the potential of Rhode Island's economy by attracting the very best talent to fuel Upserve, a software startup focused on helping local restaurateurs grow their business.
Michaela is a young designer living in Somerset, MA and working in Providence for MOO's amazing business design team. Pre-MOO, she worked at Gordon College's design center as a photography assistant and production artist. Outside of work, Michela steps away from the computer and spend time in the ceramics studio, usually building homes for all the plants I keep acquiring. Her favorite color is cerulean (though mainly because the word itself is great), and contrary to popular belief, she doesn't live with any cats.
Norelys Consuegra Program Coordinator RI Latina Leadership Institute @LLIRhodeIsland
Norelys R. Consuegra, a native Rhode Islander, daughter of Colombian parents, Norelys is fluent in Spanish and began a new career as Deputy Director of Elections for RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea in March. Prior to her new position, she was a former Senate Aide for US Senator Jack Reed, close to 20 years.
Norelys received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1996 and completed her Masters Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University in 2012. During her tenure as a Senate Aide, she wasrecognized as the recipient of the Ralph Gabellieri Service Award by Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island, been recognized as a Diversity Ambassador by the State of Rhode Island, awarded the Extraordinary Women Award for community work, received recognition from RI Latino Public Radio and the National Archives and Records Administration for her collaborated work between offices. She has received numerous letters from Rhode Islanders thanking her for her service.
In addition to her full-time employment, she is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University and has worked over ten years, during the summer for the Special Programs for Talent Development (TD) at the University of Rhode Island, the same program she participated as an undergraduate.
She has been very involved in community service being a member of the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund and the Political Action Committee (RILCF/RILPAC) and currently is the Program Coordinator of RI Latina Leadership Institute (LLI) among volunteering with many Rhode Island organizations. She makes her home in Warwick with her husband Salvador and two sons, Gabriel and Ashten.
Catherine moved to Rhode Island after college to start her career in software. She now works as a Platform Engineer at Upserve. Since relocating to the Ocean State, she has become passionate about involving women in technology. As a chapter leader of Girl Develop It, Catherine enjoys showing the ladies of Providence that software development can be fun, rewarding and a great career choice.
Ms. Cano was born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the United States with her family in 2000. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Economics at Bryant University in 2007. She completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Rhode Island in 2012 then went To Harvard University where she finished couple of executive leadership programs in 2016.
Sandra is the Assistant VP Community Development at Navigant Credit Union, she is responsible for developing strategic business sector and community based partnerships and developing financial education campaigns. Sandra is also a City Councilor in the City of Pawtucket. Additionally, Sandra has developed a strong track record of volunteerism and community engagement, Sandra was awarded the “Credit Union Rising Start” recognition in 2012 by the Massachusetts Credit Union League, New Hampshire Credit Union League, Credit Union Association of Rhode Island and Center Point Magazine for being an outstanding employee and business leader, also for making a notable impact on her credit union and within the industry. Sandra was recognized with the mission award 2012 by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Campaigning for a Cure. Sandra received the Collaborator of the year award 2013 by the Central Falls Community Collaborative and has been recognized by her community involvement and positive impact for her work to improve the lives of the underserved communities in Rhode Island (Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket).
Sandra was chosen as one of 14 people in Rhode Island who made a difference in 2014 by Golocal Prov. She was nominated as a CU Hero 2015 and was recognized as one of the three CU Heroes by The Credit Union National Association and the Credit Union Magazine. Sandra was awarded the 2015 Financial Services Champion Award by the US Small Business Administration, the 2015 Extraordinary Women Award by the Women Development Institute, The 2015 John Coen Award for Community Service and Social Justice from the Pawtucket and Central Falls Development Corporation and the 2015 Paul E. Moura Leadership Award by the Institute for Labor Studies and Research of Rhode Island