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Norah Diedrich is an arts educator and administrator, as well as a photographer. As leader of the Newport Art Museum, she oversees not only an active exhibition space but extensive arts programming in the community. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY


Embrace past, future for progress

Norah Diedrich, Newport Art Museum executive director As a student of art history and contemporary studio practice, I’ve often confronted the dynamic relationship between old...
Jennie Johnson has served at 
City Year Providence since 2006 and 
as executive director since 2007. She 
has done extensive citywide work on the issue of chronic absenteeism, and has spoken nationally on behalf of Providence’s efforts curb it. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY


Build trust, see results

Relationships are at the center of everything we do. It is a belief my parents instilled in me throughout my childhood, and it has...
Matt Davitt Davitt Inc. president 
Davitt is a more than 30-year-old, award-winning pioneer in the design/build industry comprised of Davitt Design Build, Davitt Insurance Restoration and Davitt Properties. Its mission is to “build smart so our clients can live well.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Standard’ solutions not smart

For many years, I witnessed the “accepted industry standard” of how to build a custom home. Mostly, it involved an architect designing a dream...
Mark Correia, CEO of Preventure, began his career in corporate health and well-being right out of college. He joined Preventure in 2003, and today he focuses on its people and the workplace, much like the company does in its products and services. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Find success by putting people first

RIGHT out of college, I joined a fitness startup called Healthtrax. The culture there was driven by results and personal development. They invested in...
Richard Grundy joined AVTECH Software Inc. in 2001 and has risen through the ranks of the 29-year-old manufacturer of products that monitor environmental conditions, becoming president in December 2015. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Wentworth Institute of Technology. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Local ties allow global footprint

­Manufacturing reliable products with high quality is difficult. We're reminded of this regularly with news of recalls or other supply-chain challenges from companies much...
John Marion is executive director of the government reform group, Common Cause Rhode Island. In that capacity he serves as the organization's lobbyist and spokesperson. Common Cause works on issues of open, accountable and ethical government at the state and national levels.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Collaboration yields benefits

Coalitions are the bread and butter of the type of public-interest advocacy we engage in at Common Cause Rhode Island. On voting rights, for...
Since being named executive director of the Providence Preservation Society in October 2013, Florida native Brent Runyon has dedicated himself to helping the city preserve important structures and prosper through the effort. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Find success in group effort

When my organization failed to save a historic house during my first year running a historic-preservation nonprofit in Georgia, it had quite an impact...
Michael Giuttari is deeply immersed in commercial real estate. In addition to being founder and president of MG Commercial Real Estate, Giuttari is president-elect of the New England Society of Industrial and Office Realtors board of directors, as well as a five-term president of the Rhode Island Commercial Board of Realtors. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Independent and connected

As with any business, the members of my staff spend a lot of time together during any given week, so much that they become...
After more than 30 years of executive leadership in the local health and dental insurance industry, Joe Nagle has seen more change than most, including at Delta Dental, which has quadrupled membership to more than 765,000. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Go where they ain’t, do what they don’t

Thinking differently is at the crux of remaining competitive. Disruption is the enemy of comfort but the genesis of innovation. Change requires an inherent...
LAURIE WHITE, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber supports Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's Rhode Island Promise free college tuition proposal. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

I know what you mean

As president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, I have been invited into hundreds of businesses in all parts of the state. Chamber...

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