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Emily Gowdey-Backus joined Providence Business News as a staff writer in April 2016. She is a native of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in international journalism from Cardiff University. Emily covers the education, workforce development, hospitality and tourism, and nonprofit beats for the newspaper.Photo Credit: Love & Perry Photography
RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION President Neil D. Steinberg is shown with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at the announcement for the Roger Williams Initiative on Tuesday. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation launches college scholarship fund, educational program honoring Roger Williams

PROVIDENCE – A new educational program in honor of Roger Williams, funded by Letitia and John Carter through the Rhode Island Foundation, will give...
EMILY CALDARELLI,  fourth-grade teacher at Paul Cuffee Lower School in Providence, won the $25,000 Milken Education Award. She was presented the award during a surprise ceremony on Tuesday at the school. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Providence educator receives national award, $25K cash prize

PROVIDENCE – In a surprise assembly at Paul Cuffee Lower School Tuesday, Emily Caldarelli, a fourth grade teacher there, was awarded the Milken Educator...
ALLISON GAINES Pell has been named head of school at The Wheeler School. / COURTSY THE WHEELER SCHOOL

Wheeler names new head of school

PROVIDENCE – Allison Gaines Pell, former head of school at New York City’s Blue School, has been named head of school at The Wheeler...
Leukemia Lymphoma Society Man of the Year Kevin O’Neill with LLS Boy and Girl of the Year Nicholas Harrington and Grace Duffy. / PHOTO BY JOHN BORZAIN

Five Questions With: Kevin O’Neill

As founder and managing partner of O’Neill Consulting Group, a global executive search firm, and Acertitude, the firm’s parent company, Kevin O’Neill strives to...
Providence Public Library's Eternal Masquerade, an arts-inspired Halloween event, will be held Oct. 28. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Providence Public Library’s Eternal Masquerade returns for 3rd year

PROVIDENCE – The third installment of Eternal Masquerade, an arts-inspired Halloween event put on by the Providence Public Library, will be held Friday, Oct....

Providence Foundation supports Question 7 on November ballot

PROVIDENCE – During its September meeting, trustees of The Providence Foundation unanimously voted to support Question 7, regarding the housing bond opportunity, which will...

Brain Injury Association hosts 5K

EAST GREENWICH – The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island will host its “On the Move” 5K Run/Walk/Jog at Goddard Memorial State Park on...

Home Loan Investment Bank donates books to RI families

PROVIDENCE – Home Loan Investment Bank, with corporate headquarters in Warwick, recently used a community grant from the American Bankers Association to purchase books...
OVERCONFIDENT? URI assistant professor of marketing Stephen Atlas, left, is conducting a study of how college students retain financial-planning lessons. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Financial literacy should be taught early, often

From money from the tooth fairy and weekly allowance to regular paychecks, financial literacy should be emphasized throughout life, argue educators and career planners."These...

Mentoring a two-way street

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. CEO Nigel Travis has plenty to keep himself busy most days, but still found time to visit Johnson & Wales...
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