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Rosanne Somerson is a furniture designer/maker, educator and RISD's 17th president. The first female alumna to lead the art/design school, she co-founded the Department of Furniture Design and was selected as president for her collaborative leadership style and informed vision. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Embrace complexity to innovate

I've often told students that the biggest creative challenge they will face is that of designing their own careers. And I remind them their...
ParsonsKellogg provides a turnkey solution to the corporate promotional products marketplace, from brands including Nike, TaylorMade/Adidas, Patagonia and Helly Hansen, offering sales, creative, operations, warehouse and decoration services from a single location. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Execution is everything

The dictionary defines "execution" as the act of doing or completing something to perfection. This is the PK Way at ParsonsKellogg. Mike Tyson once said...
Social Enterprise Greenhouse is a nonprofit network of more than 150 business and community leaders who have developed an ecosystem of services that support more than 160 "do well, do good" businesses. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Listen, partner, build

What we have created at Social Enterprise Greenhouse is a rapidly growing movement of people – entrepreneurs, businesspeople, academics, students, policymakers, funders – who...
PHILLIPE PERUT, SES America president / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Keep stakeholders happy

Dealing with large organizations or bidding in a complex environment or with state agencies is often a challenge because there are many different parties...
Karl Wadensten is a lean zealot. He is passionate about continuous improvement and never accepting the status quo. His tools are collaboration and basic problem-solving. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Keep your ego in check

Check your ego at the door. That's easier said than done. You have to accept that you, as a leader, do not have all...
For nearly three decades, interior designer Libby Slader has focused on improving the appearance and functionality of hospitality, retail and corporate work spaces. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Take the time to do it right

Recently, while at the Newport Folk Festival, I was in a line for food. A man behind me was irritated at the length of...
Hire Image is a nationally accredited company specializing in background screening, drug testing and verification services for employers throughout the country, helping them hire the best candidates for a position. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Be the go-to expert, or become one

As professional background screeners, much of our time is spent checking the often unsavory pasts of our clients' employees and applicants. We uncover resume...
Gloria Duchin Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of metal ornaments, jewelry and accessories founded in 1979 in East Providence. The company employs 150 Rhode Islanders during peak manufacturing season. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELY

Evolve, and quickly, for success

In 2008, it became clear to me if we were to sustain our business during the shock and awe of the Great Recession, we...
Fifteen years old when she started her company in 2009, Ava Anderson is on a mission to educate consumers about harmful chemicals in personal care and home products. Here, she explains why continuous learning is key to growth and success. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Always keep learning

I have been fortunate to grow up with powerful personal and business mentors, including entrepreneurs I've been privileged to meet throughout my travels. One...
Martha Sheridan has been engaged in destination marketing and development in Rhode Island for more than two decades, a passion that stems from her lifelong love of her home state. / PBN PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Clear contact supports execution

At the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, our purpose is to benefit Rhode Island's economy through leisure travel and by booking conventions and...
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