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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...
RAPID GROWTH: Mary Leach, executive vice president, consumer relationships, at BankNewport, established the Premier Banking group in 2019 as the bank’s first private banking service, which has since become one of its fastest-growing business lines. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Leach brings innovations to Rhode Island banking market

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Financial Services: Mary Leach, BankNewport Mary Leach has a massive portfolio of responsibilities in her role as executive...
LEVELING UP: JoEllen Fiorenzano, CEO and president of F.A.F. Inc. in Smithfield, has spent more than four decades at the fashion jewelry designer and supplier, working her way up from what started as a high school job to now leading the company for the past three years. / COURTESY F.A.F. INC.

Whether mentoring, collaborating, or supporting, Fiorenzano gives back in many ways

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Creative Services: JoEllen Fiorenzano, F.A.F. Inc. JoEllen Fiorenzano, CEO and president of F.A.F. Inc. in Smithfield, wasn’t exactly born...
EXPANDED PROGRAMMING: As executive director of Rhode Island Higher Education & Industry Centers, Amy Grzybowski oversees the programming at the Westerly Education Center, where she has introduced new workforce training programs using the $1.7 million she has raised in the past four years. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Grzybowski guides people through pandemic, aids in advancing careers

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Government/Quasi-Government Woman to Watch: Amy Grzybowski, R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner The last year has been especially busy for Amy...

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