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HELPING WITH CHANGES: Mary Jo “MJ” Kaplan and her firm, Kaplan Consulting LLC, specialize in executive leadership, strategy and the future of work, which is a significant focus brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Mary Jo Kaplan, Kaplan Consulting LLC founder and CEO

Leaders & Achievers 2022 MARY JO “MJ” KAPLAN Founder and CEO, Kaplan Consulting LLC MARY JO “MJ” KAPLAN, founder and CEO of Narragansett-based Kaplan Consulting...
TREADING ALONG: CVS Health Corp. employee Diana Balavender works out on a treadmill at one of the company’s on-site fitness centers. 

Taking care of employees allows CVS to best serve customers

PBN Healthiest Employers Awards 2022 5,000+ EMPLOYEES 1. CVS Health Corp. CEO (or equivalent): Karen S. Lynch, CEO and president Number of employees: 325,000 As a diversified health services...
PASSIONATE PURSUIT: Sylvia C. Spears gets much job satisfaction as vice president of administration and innovation at Providence-based College Unbound, where women of color make up a lot of the student body. Spears is a member of the Narragansett Tribal Nation. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Spears committed to helping students succeed at College Unbound

2022 C-Suite Awards: Nonprofit/Social Service Agency | Sylvia C. Spears, College Unbound vice president for administration and innovation For more than 25 years, Sylvia C....
CLEAN ENVIRONMENT: An Amgen employee works inside the next-generation biomanufacturing plant built in West Greenwich in 2020. / COURTESY AMGEN RHODE ISLAND/AL WEEMS

Building on the promise of biotech

TECHNOLOGY With help from companies ranging from global corporations to local startups, Rhode Island has had its share of victories in the biotech sector in...
COLLABORATIVE MEETING: Staff and members at Direct Action for Rights and Equality collaborate at the office. Clockwise from left, Jordan Jace, Behind The Walls member; Debra Harris, outreach coordinator; Christopher V. Samih-­Rotondo, interim director; and Anusha Alles, staff organizer for Behind The Walls. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

More focus on racial justice causes

It’s been a trying year-plus for Rhode Island-based nonprofits whose missions center around diversity, equity and racial inclusion. The murders of George Floyd and other...
SWITCHING GEARS: Felis Franco, left, and Juan Arrojo load a sealer at Eco Global Manufacturing LLC in Providence. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the product design company switched gears to produce face shields and isolation gowns. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Custom machines allow Eco Global to bring PPE production back to...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Excellence at a Family-Owned Business: Eco Global Manufacturing LLC Eco Global ManufacturinG LLC is a third-generation product design and manufacturing company in...
PUMPED UP: ALCOR Scientific Inc. employee Jeinmy Veloz assembles the main miniiSED pumps prior to packaging at the Smithfield-based medical equipment manufacturer. / COURTESY ALCOR SCIENTIFIC INC.

ALCOR’s medical equipment assisting in the fight against COVID-19

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Excellence in Product Innovation & Design: Alcor Scientific Inc. ALCOR Scientific Inc. in Smithfield has managed to weather the COVID-19 pandemic thanks...
PLENTY ON HIS PLATE: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is not only leading the city government through the COVID-19 pandemic, but he’s also signed an executive order to start a truth-telling and reparation process for Black and Indigenous people. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fixing racial injustice, failing schools remain priorities in Providence

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has been in office since 2015, but after being reelected in 2018, he is now term-limited and cannot run for...
PROBLEM-SOLVING: Amica Mutual Insurance Co. employees, from left, Kimberly Meriweather, Keila Bianco and Esther Garcia work together at a computer station at the company’s Lincoln office.

At Amica, having the right talent provides customers peace of mind

PBN DIVERSITY & INCLUSIONS 2020 AWARDS Insurance/Financial Services: Amica Mutual Insurance Co. FOR AMICA MUTUAL INSURANCE CO., a commitment to diversity and inclusion is not only...
EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL: Lawrence E. Wilson, managing director of The Wilson Organization LLC, connects with clients by way of sharing personal yet powerful stories with them. / COURTESY THE WILSON ORGANIZATION LLC

At The Wilson Organization, it takes ‘TWO’ to reduce systematic bias

PBN DIVERSITY & INCLUSIONS 2020 AWARDS Diversity Training: The Wilson Organization LLC THE WILSON ORGANIZATION LLC Managing Director Lawrence E. Wilson says he’s earned the credibility...
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