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Melissa Husband has headed up the Community Action Partnership of Providence and its predecessor agency, the Providence Community Action Program, for four years. During that time she had to shut down ProCAP and start CAPP, all while making sure to serve the nonprofits' clients. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Transparency, inclusion lead to renewal

The task of creating CAPP from the ashes of ProCAP was a complicated one.For starters, the federal government imposed a sequester cut and...
Since Mike Melillo founded Dockwa in 2014, the Newport-based startup that helps boaters research, plan and book cruising trips has raised invested capital of about $3.5 million and has more than a dozen employees. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Sell innovation, not product

Stewart Butterfield, founder and CEO of Slack, recently said, "No small innovation ever caused a large shift in how people spend their time and...
Steven J. Horowitz originally joined Saint Elizabeth Community in 1985, and has been CEO and president since 1998. In that time, he has overseen significant growth in the social service agency that works to improve quality of life for the elderly. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Important message? Keep repeating it

Simon Sinek, author, speaker and consultant said, "Your vision is only actionable if you say it out loud. If you keep it to yourself...
John J. Bowen's tireless work on behalf of Johnson & Wales University over more than four decades has continually pushed the school to new heights. His impact was again evident last month when the university named its new center for science and innovation after him. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Honor roots, but look forward

I am fortunate to have spent 42 years (and counting) of my career at Johnson & Wales University. This longevity would not be possible...
Erin Gilliatt has been executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of East Providence for a dozen years, taking on that role four years after arriving at the nonprofit as director of development. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Cede control for best results

At the Boys & Girls Club of East Providence, I am both blessed and cursed by the power of history. Our organization has been...
After graduating from Brown University, Brian J. Murphy worked in finance in New York before earning his MBA. Since his return, he has taken an increasing role in the community, including being a co-founder of the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Create a culture for success

To be a successful business leader, one must understand the perpetually changing needs of an organization. Specifically, you must be able to quickly shift...
Dennis Littky came to Rhode Island in 1995 to work at Brown University. He is co-founder and co-director of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, co-founder of Big Picture Learning and most recently founder and president of College Unbound. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

When hard work is worth it

I came here to change education in Rhode Island and in the United States. The Met school/Big Picture School has become the model for...
Daniel A. Baudouin has served as executive director of The Providence Foundation for 23 years, surprising even himself by having stayed so long. The foundation is a nonprofit supported by 140 companies and institutions. Its core purpose is to create an environment that is conducive to growth and sustained investment in Providence, particularly downtown. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Don’t stagnate

A vibrant and growing downtown is so important for the state to be able to compete nationally for jobs and to attract new companies;...
DEBORAH DEBARE will leave her position of executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence to become senior deputy director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence after over 20 years with RICADV. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Connect with common goal

It seems fairly straightforward to galvanize organizations that share a similar mission – in our case, ending domestic violence in Rhode Island. However, in...
Lukas Scheurer turned a habit of dropping his smartphone into a business making a harness to keep the devices connected and protected. A Kickstarter campaign raised $206,000 on a $35,000 goal. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fail productively

After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, I had to make a decision – get a job or create my own.I began...
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