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MORE EFFORT NEEDED: Rhode Island needs better infrastructure, more housing and more effort to foster emerging industries, according to panelists at Providence Business News’ Economic Trends Summit on Jan. 26, which included from left: keynote speaker Thomas Tzitzouris, head of fixed income research at New York City-based Strategas Research Partners; Karl Wadensten, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc.; Peter Phillips, chief investment officer at Washington Trust Wealth Management; Julietta Georgakis, chief of staff for the R.I. Executive Office of Commerce; and Kevin Casey, vice president of sales at Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal.
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PBN summit: With recession looming, R.I. economy faces big test

The predicted downturn in 2023 will test Rhode Island’s business owners in a state that has yet to adequately prepare its labor force with...
JOB MARKET SHIFTS: The ratio of job openings to unemployed people stood at nearly 2 to 1 near the end of 2022, a big difference from the ratio two years earlier at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Economist at PBN summit: Job market remains crucial question mark

Thomas Tzitzouris sees jobs as the big economic “wild card” in 2023. A labor market characterized by low unemployment can have a downside for businesses...
KARL WADENSTEN, second from left, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc., makes a point during the panel discussion at Providence Business News' 2023 Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Thursday. Also on the panel is, from left, Thomas Tzitouris, head of fixed income research at Stratgas; Peter R. Phillips, senior vice president and chief investment officer at Washington Trust Wealth Management; Julietta Georgakis, chief of staff for the R.I. Executive Office of Commerce; and Kevin Casey, vice president of sales at Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal. At far right is PBN Editor Michael Mello, the moderator. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit panel: Economic indicators say recession coming in 2023

PROVIDENCE – In many ways, the party is over. At least that's the way the panelists at Providence Business News’ Economic Trends Summit on Thursday...

PBN’s 2023 Economic Trends Summit slated for Jan. 26

PROVIDENCE – Inflation, labor shortages, a looming recession and a host of other issues affecting Rhode Island's economy will be discussed during Providence Business...
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A panel discussion at Providence Business News’ Diversity Equity & Inclusion Summit and Awards event on Dec. 1 is led by Kevin Matta, center, human resources chief and diversity officer with the Amos House in Providence and board vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Professionals Inc. With him, from left, are Angela B. Ankoma, vice president of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative; Shameen Awan, vice president of talent management and DE&I assistant vice president at Amica Mutual Insurance Co.; Doris De Los Santos, manager of the supplier diversity program at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Ken Gladney, executive director and manager of diversity, assets and wealth management at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Shaweta Pandey, executive director of strategic diversity management at CVS Health Corp.; and Monika Soban, director of manufacturing and diversity, inclusion and belonging site lead at Amgen Rhode Island. 
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Diversity actions can pay big dividends, say summit panelists

Words are cheap. Companies must treat diversity, equity and inclusion policies as they do long-term capital investments. That was the message from a panel discussion...
A PANEL DISCUSSION at Providence Business News’ Diversity and Inclusion Summit and Awards event on Wednesday is led by Kevin Matta, center, human resources chief and diversity officer with the Amos House in Providence and board vice president of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals. With him, from left, is Angela B. Ankoma, vice president of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative; Shameen Awan, vice president of talent management and DE&I assistant vice president at Amica Insurance Co.; Doris De Los Santos, manager of the supplier diversity program at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Ken Gladney, executive director and manager of diversity, assets and wealth management at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; Shaweta Pandey, executive director of strategic diversity management at CVS Health Corp.; and Monika Soban, director of manufacturing and diversity, inclusion and belonging site lead at Amgen Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Summit: Diversity, equity and inclusion talk needs to lead to...

WARWICK – Business and nonprofit leaders in Rhode Island and beyond realize that targeted efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in culture and...
COVID CONVERSATION: Dr. Claire Levesque, second from right, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point 32Health, the parent company of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, speaks during one of two panel discussions at PBN’s Fall Health Care Summit on Oct. 27. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Kirsten Anderson, medical director at CVS Health Corp./Aetna Inc.; Dr. Louanne Giangreco, senior medical director at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Peter Hollmann, chief medical officer at Brown Medicine; Dr. Alexis Kearney, consultant medical director for Project Firstline RI, Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology, R.I. Department of Health; and Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University’s School of Public Health. 
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PBN summit panel: ‘This virus is here to stay’

Fewer people are wearing masks these days, and the COVID-19 vaccination rates have plummeted. Even President Joe Biden has declared the pandemic over. But health...
CHALLENGES REMAIN: Melissa Husband, second from left, chief of staff at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, discusses some of the difficulties the health care industry is experiencing. Also on the panel at the Providence Business News Fall 2022 Health Care Summit on Oct. 27 are, from left, Dr. Sri Adusumalli, senior medical director for Enterprise Virtual Care for CVS Health Corp.; Corey McCarty, senior vice president and general manager of Commonwealth Care Alliance Rhode Island; and Dr. Thomas Meehan, program director of the physician assistant studies program at Johnson & Wales University. 
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PBN health care panel: Plenty of obstacles to getting access to...

Socioeconomic barriers and workforce shortages are preventing many Rhode Islanders from accessing health care, creating obstacles that particularly affect communities of color. Panelists at the...
DR. CLAIRE LEVESQUE, second from right, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point 32Health, the parent company of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, speaks during one of two panel discussions at PBN's Fall Health Care Summit on Thursday at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Kirsten Anderson, medical director at CVS Health Corp./Aetna; Dr. Louanne Giangreco, senior medical director at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Peter Hollmann, chief medical officer at Brown Medicine; Dr. Alexis Kearney, consultant medical director for Project Firstline RI, Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology, R.I. Department of Health; and Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, director of the Pandemic Centr at Brown University's School of Public Health. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Summit: R.I.’s health care sector struggling to reverse worker shortage

WARWICK – A workforce shortage continues to plague Rhode Island's health care sector as residents find access to primary care limited while practices struggle...
CYBER SPECIALISTS: Roger Williams University professor of cybersecurity Doug White, middle, speaks during a Q&A session at the end of Providence Business News’ 2022 Cybersecurity Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Oct. 6. At left is Linn F. Freedman, a certified information privacy professional and U.S. chair of data privacy and the cybersecurity team at Robinson & Cole LLP. At right is Shakour A. Abuzneid, a professor of cybersecurity and networking and incoming program director at RWU. 
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Panel: In fending off cyberattacks, prevention isn’t nearly enough

While common security measures can help companies and their employees avoid becoming victims of cybercrime, they aren’t foolproof, said Shakour A. Abuzneid, a professor...
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