Business Women

RECONNECTING: Christine Noel co-founded the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus because she missed the “opportunity to connect with young people” while working abroad at the University of Florence in Italy, where she lived for nearly two years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Music medium Noel uses to help children grow

Honoree | Christine Noel, Rhode Island Children’s Chorus A successful conductor will inspire her musicians to give the audience their best possible artistic performance...
STEADY GROWTH: Ally Maloney, owner of Maloney Interiors, has been designing interiors for yachts and some coastal residences since 2013. She says her business has grown steadily over the past four years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Boat interiors are Maloney’s canvas

Honoree | Ally Maloney, Maloney Interiors LLC In many ways, Ally Maloney’s job is like that of any other interior designer: selecting furniture, finishes,...
SOFT SELL: Marita Loffredo, founder of Phalang-Ease Mittens, came up with the idea for the gloves due to her own challenges with rheumatoid arthritis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Her struggles led to gloves to help others

Honoree | Marita Loffredo, Phalang-Ease Mittens LLC Until recently, Marita Loffredo didn’t think of herself as a businesswoman, “but necessity is the mother of...
ACCOMPLISHED: Among Norah Diedrich’s many accomplishments as executive director of the Newport Art Museum are creating a new position of director of community engagement and implementing two successful programs, “Art After Dark” and “Second Saturdays,” since joining the museum in April 2015. / PBN FILE PHOTO/PAUL E. KANDARIAN

A passion for art education

Honoree | Norah Diedrich, Newport Art Museum When Norah Diedrich was 8 or 9 years old, growing up outside Chicago, she would entertain herself...
DEEPLY ENGAGED: Jeanne Cola uses her experience and the skills she learned working at Citizens Bank for 25 years in her current role as executive director of LISC Rhode Island, an organization that helps get affordable housing and other projects off the ground within the state’s most-distressed neighborhoods. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Cola using banking experience, skills to fuel LISC’s early-stage impact

Honoree | Jeanne Cola, LISC Rhode Island Career changers are common in today’s workforce. Those switching industries bring broad perspectives and fresh skill sets...
HOT SPOT: Mobile Beacon staffers, from left, Rick Lindholm, sales manager; Cristina Graham, program director; and Katherine Messier, founder and executive director, speak with Kate Aubin at the Providence Public Library about the broadband-service provider’s 4G mobile hotspot devices, which people can check out from the library – the first and now largest such program in the country. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT ­WHITELEY

Passionate entrepreneur driven to assist nonprofits

Honoree | Katherine Messier, Mobile Beacon A Rhode Island innovation story may not get more homegrown than Katherine Messier’s. But the impact of her...
NEW DIGS: Jennifer Shaheen, founder and president of Technology Therapy Group, began the company in New York but has opened a new location in Lincoln and added team members. From left, Tom DiGrazia (standing), creative director; Tyler Smith, software engineer; Shaheen; Courtney Dumont, digital strategist; and Zack Cote, software ­engineer. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. roots intact, Shaheen’s company poised for reincarnation

Honoree | Jennifer Shaheen, Technology Therapy Group LLC There are companies that start in smaller, some may say less-glamorous, states such as Rhode Island,...
NEW ­DESIGNS: Elana Carello, owner of Elana Carello Sweaters, sketches new designs. She has found success in pop-up shops and artisan shows and has seen her sales grow. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Designer experiments, reinvents, hits stride again after returning to R.I.

Honoree | Elana Carello, Elana Carello Sweaters Elana Carello of Elana Carello Sweaters – a Cranston designer who came back to the Ocean State...
MANY ROLES: Tuni Schartner, owner of TS Consulting, chief marketing officer of The Mill at Lafayette and director of The Hive co-working space, still finds time with her dog Homer. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Economic gardener’ Schartner an R.I. small-business booster

Honoree | Tuni Schartner, TS Consulting/TRS Strategies Tuni Schartner is an energetic facilitator and unapologetic cheerleader in growing the state’s economy, especially in southern Rhode...
TOP AESTHETICIAN: Michelle Maynard, owner of 360 Face Mind Body in Coventry, was named a finalist in the holistic category of the international skin-care competition Skin Games. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Skin Games placement puts Coventry aesthetician on global stage

Honoree | Michelle Maynard, 360 Face Mind Body Licensed Aesthetician ­Michelle Maynard, owner of 360 Face Mind Body in Coventry, at first pushed aside...

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