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PERFORMANCE SETTING: Wheaton College students gather in a group to discuss one-minute plays inside a performing arts center at the Norton-based liberal arts college. / COURTESY WHEATON COLLEGE

For Wheaton, a goal that will never end

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Higher Education: Wheaton College Sometimes when Dennis M. Hanno, president of Wheaton College, is sitting in his office in...
STAYING COMMITTED: Despite challenges within the employment market, Marcum LLP leadership has remained dedicated to addressing issues surrounding diversity and inclusion at the accounting firm. Partner Erica Olobri, left, and receptionist Erin Oates are part of the staff at Marcum’s Providence office.  PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Marcum’s resource groups play part in firm’s success

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Accounting: Marcum LLP Diversity and inclusion are nothing new to Marcum LLP, the national accounting and financial services firm...
COMMUNITY IMPACT: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island staff members, from left, Ivette C. Luna, manager of consumer engagement; Jenny Bautista-Ravreby, diversity, equity and inclusion manager; and Angela Morales, a consumer engagement intern, work at a Blue Cross fold-out store at the St. Martin de Porres Center in Providence on Nov. 10.  PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Care for community, clients, associates extends beyond health at Blue Cross

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Health Care: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island With a vision of leading a statewide movement of...
SUPPORT GROUP: In addition to being Roger Williams University School of Law’s director of diversity and outreach, Ralph Tavares Jr., center and seated, is the board president of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals Inc., which works with local leaders to bring more voices and perspectives in their own work. Also pictured, from left, are DAIP board member Malida Khim, project manager Katie Neves and board member Kevin Martins.  PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Tavares: ‘Find the folks that don’t fit’

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Diversity Champion: Ralph Tavares Jr. Ralph Tavares Jr. has spent much of his professional career helping people of all racial,...
A BIG BOOST: Bank of America Corp.’s diversity recruitment efforts include hiring 10,000 people companywide from low- to moderate-income communities. Among the bank’s local diversity and inclusion leaders walking from its corporate facility in Lincoln are Kate DeTora, vice president of financial solutions, center; Phoebe E. Peck, vice president of financial solutions, far left; and Eliza Sharrah, fraud communications strategy program manager, far right. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

A commitment that adds to the bottom line

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Financial Services: Bank of America Corp. Kevin P. Tracy, president of Bank of America Corp.’s Rhode Island market, says...
ACADEMY LEADERS: Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy diversity and inclusion leaders are, from left, teachers Mia Palombo, Angela Garcia, Alicia Canning, Janae McMillan, Chief of Human Capital Joshua Giraldo, teacher Gina Ortega and CEO and Superintendent Jeremy Chiappetta.  PBN PHOTO/
ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Blackstone Valley Prep staff plays central role in shaping inclusive culture

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 K-12 Education: Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion is an essential part of...
FULL OF PRIDE: Gilbane Building Co. employees participate in a recent public LGBTQ+ pride event in Orlando, Fla. / COURTESY GILBANE BUILDING CO.

Inclusive culture yields best teams, solutions

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Architecture/Construction: Gilbane Building Co. Global construction firm Gilbane Building Co., based in Providence, has experienced incredible growth over the...
TALENTED GROUP: Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC managing principal Gary Pannone says incorporating diversity and inclusion in the law firm’s philosophy has resulted in hiring the most talented individuals from day one. Pictured at the firm’s Johnston office are, from left, William Trezvant, senior counsel; Regina Costa, senior counsel; and Cristina Irizarry.  PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Fundamental philosophy allows law firm to develop diverse staff organically

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Legal: Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC At Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, diversity and inclusion aren’t just...
PROUD DISPLAY: Amgen Inc. employees hold the progress pride flag, a variant of the pride flag, or the rainbow flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride, which flies overhead on the center flag pole at the company’s West Greenwich campus.  COURTESY AMGEN INC.

Inclusive culture yields best teams, solutions

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Manufacturing: Amgen Inc. After several years at Amgen Inc.’s Woburn, Mass., facility, Dania Gonzalez-Guzman joined the leadership team of...
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: The United Way of Rhode Island launched multiple initiatives, including its five-year, $100 million LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan, to support racial equity in the state. United Way of Rhode Island Director of Policy and Equity Kyle Bennett talks with fellow employees during a hybrid Zoom and in-person meeting to kick off its internal United Way campaign with a goal of 100% participation. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

An array of strategies to better the community

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Social Services: United Way of Rhode Island United Way of Rhode Island is a name that is familiar to many...

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