Saturday, January 23, 2021


One Last Thing

Psychotherapist Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher opened Polaris Counseling & Consulting in 2015. 
The mental health practice and wellness-consulting firm has 
offices in North Providence 

Maintain focus on wellness

Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher | Polaris Counseling & Consulting LLC owner When first offered, working from home seemed like an ideal situation for many employees. Countless memes...
Shannon Razsadin 
Military Family Advisory Network Inc. 
executive director 
Shannon Razsadin in 2013 was named executive director of the Military Family Advisory Network Inc. The nonprofit, which has a Newport office, seeks to connect military families to resources, including flexible and remote employment for spouses. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Invest in flexibility

Right now, we are all – military and civilian alike – navigating uncharted territory. We all face challenges with what work might look like...
Beth Carter last September became executive director of the Rhode Island Business Competition, a nonprofit that provides resources to entrepreneurs. She’s also founder of Carter Consultants Ltd., and Beth Carter Enterprises. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Get in the trenches

Beth Carter | Rhode Island Business Competition executive director When I started my first company, in 1991, our nation was facing a major economic downturn....
Lisa A. Ranglin is vice president – program manager at Providence-based Citizens Bank. She’s also the founder, CEO and president of the nonprofit Rhode Island Black Business Association and its charitable arm, the Institute for Economic Empowerment and Development.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commit to real workforce diversity

Lisa A. Ranglin | Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and president Historically, diversity and inclusion efforts have failed to produce significant changes and companies...
Dino Passaretta is the owner of Vanda Cucina, in Warwick. He’s also partner and operator at Centro Restaurant and Lounge, Public Kitchen and Bar, and The Vig, all in Providence, and Locanda in South Kingstown. And stay tuned for a new venue coming soon in Narragansett. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

‘It’s all about relationships’

Dino Passaretta| Vanda Cucina owner; Centro Restaurant and Lounge, Locanda, Public Kitchen and Bar, and The Vig partner and operator As a teenager working in...
Anthony Baro founded renewable energy company E2SOL LLC in Providence in 2010. 
In 2016 he co-founded Fall River-based marine technology company PowerDocks LLC.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

See opportunity in challenges

Anthony Baro | E2SOL LLC principal; PowerDocks LLC managing partner The COVID-19 crisis forced us to reevaluate all of our practices and realign them to...
Raymond Mott co-founded Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty in 2013 to fill what he and co-owner Judy Chace saw as a gap in the Rhode Island luxury real estate market. The firm has offices in Barrington, Charlestown, East Greenwich, Narragansett, Providence and Westerly. / Courtesy Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty

Success starts with a clear mission

Raymond Mott | Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty broker/owner In order to overcome challenges and thrive in times of crisis, leadership needs to be...
Larry Girouard has more than 50 years of experience in manufacturing. He founded The Business Avionix Co., a business consultancy, in 2001, focusing on strategic planning, culture change and process optimization. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Empower workers to boost value

Larry Girouard | The Business Avionix Co. LLC president They say a rising tide raises all boats, and as the economy boomed over the last...
Mike Stenhouse is a former professional baseball player who played for the 1986 American League champion Boston Red Sox. In 2011 he founded the nonprofit Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, which describes itself as a free-enterprise, public policy research and advocacy group. / COURTESY MIKE STENHOUSE

Align staff to serve team

Mike Stenhouse | Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity CEO For the first time, many employers and employees are dealing with the challenges of...
Suzanna Robinson Laramee’s love for the Newport Music Festival began in 2015, when the classical pianist was a guest artist. She was named CEO and president in 2019. In May she added interim executive director to her responsibilities. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Find a way to connect

Suzanna Robinson Laramee | Newport Music Festival CEO, president and interim executive director “Only connect,” E. M. Forster’s best-known quote from “Howard’s End” has been...

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