PBN Award Winners

OPENING the door: Cheryl Burrell, associate director of the R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity, has been working to open state government job opportunities to a wider scope of the state’s population since 1993.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Burrell champions diversity in R.I. government over 25 years

OVERALL DIVERSITY CHAMPIONCheryl Burrell has spent a quarter-century increasing diversity in state government, starting as director of personnel for then-Attorney General Jeffrey Pine in...
SOCIALLY ENTERPRISING: Sarah Boyajian speaks to students about biology at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College. The students, from left, back row, are Julia Gomes and Xavier Medina, and, front row, are Zhaneja Johnson and Ashley Paolo. / courtesy/RHODE ISLAND NURSES INSTITUTE MIDDLE COLLEGE

Nurses’ Institute Middle College shapes, trains nursing workforce

EDUCATION Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle CollegeThe Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College charter high school, founded in 2011 to prepare a diverse group...
INCLUSIVE DISCUSSION: Shawmut Design and Construction Chief People Officer Marianne Monte, center, leads a discussion on diversity efforts with company employees. From left, clockwise are: Sarah Irving, project manager; Felicia Ingram, project administrator; Joubin Hassanein, director, interproject delivery; Morena Gomes, senior project accountant; Monte; Kirsten Woodbury, assistant project manager; Chris Maury, project executive; and Larry Adigun, assistant project manager. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Shawmut strives toward diversity in opportunities, training, partnerships

ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION Shawmut Design and ConstructionAs an employee-owned, profit-sharing company, Shawmut Design and Construction offers opportunities for diverse candidates to break...
WEIGHING IN: Leaders of Bank of America’s many diversity resource groups meet at the company’s East Providence Call Center on Pawtucket Avenue. From left are: Aaron J. Brown, co-chair, Disability Advocacy Network; Jessica Hutchinson, community volunteers chair; Amanda Fournier, of the Disability Advocacy Network; Ashley Sanchez, chair, Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership & Advancement; David Tobin, of the Inter-Generational Employee Network; Zankhana Bateman, of Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development for Women; Alexander Pirri, of the Inter-Generational Employee Network and financial center manager of the Bristol office; Ana C. Mendez, of the Black Professional Group; Sean Dagesse, senior vice president, Rhoden Island market manager, enterprise business and engagement; and Anny Robert, of the Asian Leadership Network. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Myriad sources, perspectives build Bank of America’s workforce

FINANCIAL SERVICES Bank of America Corp.Bank of America CORP. recognizes that the diversity of its employees and an inclusive workspace are the keys to...
team culture: Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage CEO Larry Keefe speaks to sales staff during a morning meeting at the company’s East Providence office. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Starkweather & Shepley growing fast, looking out for clients’ best interests

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a large company: Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc.In January, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. will celebrate...
A RICH, AND NOW PROSPEROUS HISTORY: From left, Tom Parrish, executive director; Meg Donnelly, cutter/draper; Curt Columbus, artistic director; and Amanda Downing Carney, costume shop director, review costumes for the upcoming production of “A Christmas Carol.”   
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Trinity Rep educates, stimulates on road to fiscal security

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a midsize company: Trinity Repertory CompanyFounded in 1963 and housed in a former vaudeville space, Trinity Repertory Company...
MONEY MATTERS: From left, Roxana Mercado and Ellie Parada, Capital Good Fund loan officers, and Andy Posner, founder and CEO, discuss strategies for helping clients navigate debt and personal finance at the company’s office in Providence.
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Capital Good Fund blazing trails out of poverty

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Overall excellence at a small company: Capital Good FundWith nearly one-half of the U.S. population unable to tap $400 in savings...
COMFORT ZONE: From left, Nick, adopted in 2015, and Matt St. Germain are among the many families Adoption Rhode Island has helped.
 / COURTESY ADOPTION RHODE ISLAND/
MATT ST. GERMAIN

Adoption Rhode Island securing safe homes, stable futures for adoptive children...

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a social service agency: Adoption Rhode IslandFor 34 years, Adoption Rhode Island has been focused on permanently placing...
HELPING HANDS: From left, Erin Cox, program officer; Cindy Larson, deputy director; Jeanne Cola, executive director; Megan Ressler, program assistant; and Deanna Bruno, program assistant, at LISC’s Providence office.
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LISC fosters relationships to build stronger communities in Rhode Island

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a Nonprofit: Local Initiatives Support Corp. Rhode IslandJeanne Cola says she has the best job in Rhode Island at...
ACTIVE LEARNING: From left, Sherry Lee L., fourth-grader at Veterans Elementary School; Mabel G., sixth-grader at Calcutt Middle School; Isabella R., seventh-grader at The Learning Community; Javier Centeno, co-founder, coach and director of soccer for Project GOAL; Carolina S., fifth-grader at The International Charter School; Gabriela N., fifth-grader at ICS; Christopher G., fifth-grader at ICS; and Julia M., fourth-grader at ICS. 
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Project GOAL inspires academic, athletic achievement

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence in Education and Learning: Project GOAL Inc.The phrase “having multiple balls in the air” can mean having many opportunities...
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