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ON THE ROAD: Transportation expert Valerie Southern, owner of Valerie J. Southern Transportation Consultant LLC, monitors foot and car traffic on Bellevue Avenue in Newport as part of her data collection before making safety recommendations for the city’s streets. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Southern took her own route in transportation career

With a career in transportation planning, engineering and design in both rural and urban settings, Valerie Southern learned a lot before setting out on...
BRIGHT IDEA: Kathleen Moren, Healthy Babies, Happy Moms Inc. president, displays phototherapy equipment that allows nurses from her company to treat babies with jaundice at home rather than in a ­hospital. 

A guiding light for those starting motherhood

Many years ago, registered nurse Kathleen Moren noticed that breastfeeding mothers in Rhode Island were lacking the support they needed. Her time working as a...
ITALIAN ­INSPIRATION: Kimberly Pucci, owner and creative director of Kimberly Pucci LLC in Newport, was inspired by the Tuscany region of Italy and the artisans and craftsmen she encountered while living there to launch her own business creating high-end jewelry and genuine leather products. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Pucci collection features hand-crafted goods with a Tuscan touch

If two things have impacted Kimberly Pucci, it’s safe to say they have been the Italian region of Tuscany and the art of producing...
TITLE TALK: Diep Nguyen, right, managing member of Elite Title & Closing Services LLC in East Providence, meets with Robert Watson, associate ­attorney. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

After a long journey, she still had drive ‘to do more’

Diep Nguyen is a lawyer and managing member of Elite Title & Closing Services LLC in East Providence, a business she launched in 2004. But...
PLACE ­SETTER: Angela Craig prepares the dining room at Newport’s historic Admiral Fitzroy Inn, where she started as the innkeeper in 2004.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

At historic Newport inn, Craig became a vital fixture

Before her role as innkeeper at Newport’s historic Admiral Fitzroy Inn – a job she took in 2004 – Angela Craig and her husband,...
DESIGNING WOMEN: Phyllis Cannava, right, president of Office Direct Cannava Design Ltd., a commercial furniture dealership in Warwick, looks over samples and blueprints with senior designer Meghan Robinson, left, and designer Meghan Ryan. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Office design was her direct path to success

Phyllis Cannava will be the first to tell you that she’s not one to sit around – on office chairs or any other seating,...
BUILDING ANEW: Jessica Kennedy is cofounder and chief operating officer of Beeline Loans Inc., a startup that offers a web platform for potential borrowers to seek mortgage approvals quickly. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Kennedy made a Beeline out of the legal world

Jessica Kennedy has gone from Florida to Boston to Rhode Island and from the workaday rat race to helping others out of the often-blood-boiling...
CREATIVE COMMUNITY: Manya Rubinstein, CEO of Industrious Spirit Co., a distillery in Providence, says she was drawn to the city and the closeness and collaborative nature among its artisans. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creative collaborations make her spirits soar

New York City native Manya Rubinstein is CEO of a Rhode Island distillery, leading a like-minded team at Industrious Spirit Co. and creating sustainably...
LEADING WOMAN: Katie Schibler Conn, founder of KSA Marketing, says it’s important to empower women and teach them how to earn respect and be assertive so they can set good examples of how to lead. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Conn teaches clients to be assertive, own the moment when things...

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Creative Services Woman to Watch: Katie Schibler Conn, Katie Schibler & Associates LLC Katie Schibler Conn knows about milking yaks and...
EARLY CALLING: Brenda Seagrave-Whittle, chief marketing officer at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, says she knew from an early age that she was “born to protect, support and advocate for people” and that her purpose in life was to “stand up for others and give them a voice.” / COURTESY HUGHES FIORETTI PHOTOGRAPHY

Seagrave-Whittle’s path led to where she ‘truly belonged’

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Career Achiever: Brenda Seagrave-Whittle, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island With parents who were very active in the Somers, Conn., community...

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