No longer concerned about offending, Rhode Island Foundation has become a community leader

SELLING SUCCESS: Soren Ryherd, center, founder of The Retail Project RI LLC, an initiative launched through the Innovation Fellowship program at the Rhode Island Foundation, looks over products with Lindsay Stickel, brand development manager, left, and Paige Snyder, project manager, at their Wayland Square office in March. / PBN PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN
SELLING SUCCESS: Soren Ryherd, center, founder of The Retail Project RI LLC, an initiative launched through the Innovation Fellowship program at the Rhode Island Foundation, looks over products with Lindsay Stickel, brand development manager, left, and Paige Snyder, project manager, at their Wayland Square office in March. / PBN PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN
On a fall Saturday four years ago, 330 people mingled and brainstormed at the R.I. Convention Center, floating ideas to boost a sluggish Rhode Island economy – envisioning paths to growth that would “make it happen” here. The “Make It Happen Rhode Island” initiative, conceived of and launched by the Rhode Island Foundation on Sept.…

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