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BIG IDEAS: Melissa Cummings, chief customer officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, helps implement the company’s customer-service projects, such as opening Blue Cross & Blue Shield stores where members can get face-to-face service or take fitness classes.
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Healthy BCBSRI customers fuel Cummings’ happiness

2019 C-Suite Awards | CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER, NONPROFIT: MELISSA CUMMINGS | BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND WHEN MELISSA CUMMINGS walks into the...
CHANGE OF DIRECTION: After 30 years performing information technology duties in other sectors, Lisa Blackmon leaped into the health care industry and is now chief information officer at Brown Physicians. 
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Complex career shift ‘keeps it interesting’ for Brown Physicians’ CIO

2019 C-Suite Awards | CHIEF INFORMATION/TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, NONPROFIT: LISA BLACKMON | BROWN PHYSICIANS INC. LISA BLACKMON SAYS time management is one of her strongest skills,...
MIX IT UP: Chi Foods CEO Minnie Luong stirs the ingredients for a fresh batch of kimchi in the company’s kitchen.
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Chi Foods develops recipe for success

Chi Foods LLC  Emerging Manufacturer | 2019 Manufacturing Awards Minnie Luong was living in a Cambridge, Mass., apartment a few years ago when she decided...
IN SESSION: CEO and President Karl Wadensten, right, leads a meeting of employees at VIBCO.
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VIBCO spurs its employees to stretch their limits

VIBCO Inc. Workforce Development & Productivity | 2019 Manufacturing Awards There aren’t too many companies that can claim their products have been to the moon,...
BY DESIGN: Printer Tom Willis, left, shows freshly printed graphics to NFI President Renaud Megard, center, and Manufacturing Director Mark Smith.
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Sustainability is part of digital printer NFI’s designs

Nameplates for Industry Corp. Green Manufacturing | 2019 Manufacturing Awards Nameplates for Industry Corp.’s products have been shot into space, put into submarines and can be...
JUDICIOUS EXPERIENCE: Dorca M. Paulino, left, diversity director at the R.I. judiciary, talks with her recent recruit, University of Rhode Island graduate Sharon Santiago. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Knocking loud
 for opportunity

GOVERNMENT RI. judiciary Young people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in judicial and law careers are getting an early introduction to the possibilities of work in...
OPENING the door: Cheryl Burrell, associate director of the R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity, has been working to open state government job opportunities to a wider scope of the state’s population since 1993. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Burrell champions diversity in R.I. government over 25 years

OVERALL DIVERSITY CHAMPION Cheryl Burrell has spent a quarter-century increasing diversity in state government, starting as director of personnel for then-Attorney General Jeffrey Pine in...
INCLUSIVE DISCUSSION: Shawmut Design and Construction Chief People Officer Marianne Monte, center, leads a discussion on diversity efforts with company employees. From left, clockwise are: Sarah Irving, project manager; Felicia Ingram, project administrator; Joubin Hassanein, director, interproject delivery; Morena Gomes, senior project accountant; Monte; Kirsten Woodbury, assistant project manager; Chris Maury, project executive; and Larry Adigun, assistant project manager. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Shawmut strives toward diversity in opportunities, training, partnerships

ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION Shawmut Design and Construction As an employee-owned, profit-sharing company, Shawmut Design and Construction offers opportunities for diverse candidates to break...
WEIGHING IN: Leaders of Bank of America’s many diversity resource groups meet at the company’s East Providence Call Center on Pawtucket Avenue. From left are: Aaron J. Brown, co-chair, Disability Advocacy Network; Jessica Hutchinson, community volunteers chair; Amanda Fournier, of the Disability Advocacy Network; Ashley Sanchez, chair, Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership & Advancement; David Tobin, of the Inter-Generational Employee Network; Zankhana Bateman, of Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development for Women; Alexander Pirri, of the Inter-Generational Employee Network and financial center manager of the Bristol office; Ana C. Mendez, of the Black Professional Group; Sean Dagesse, senior vice president, Rhoden Island market manager, enterprise business and engagement; and Anny Robert, of the Asian Leadership Network. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Myriad sources, perspectives build Bank of America’s workforce

FINANCIAL SERVICES Bank of America Corp. Bank of America CORP. recognizes that the diversity of its employees and an inclusive workspace are the keys to...
COMFORT ZONE: From left, Nick, adopted in 2015, and Matt St. Germain are among the many families Adoption Rhode Island has helped.
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MATT ST. GERMAIN

Adoption Rhode Island securing safe homes, stable futures for adoptive children...

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a social service agency: Adoption Rhode Island For 34 years, Adoption Rhode Island has been focused on permanently placing...
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