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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...
TALENT SCOUT: Jess Hutchinson, a Bank of America Corp. vice president, provides career guidance to employees from Maine to Florida so the bank can retain its exceptional personnel. / COURTESY BANK OF AMERICA CORP.

Hutchinson’s focused on lifting her colleagues

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Financial Services Woman to Watch: Jess Hutchinson, Bank of America Corp. Jess Hutchinson keeps a sticky note on her desk with...
TWO-WAY STREET: As managing director of compliance and ethics and corporate compliance officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, mentoring is not part of Tracy McCaughey’s job description, but she feels a duty to give back and help others along the way, often learning from those experiences. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

McCaughey feels a duty to support, guide others to achieve success

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Outstanding Mentor: Tracy McCaughey, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Many institutions run valuable mentoring programs. But, effective mentoring...
MATCHMAKER: As assistant director of SupplyRI at the R.I. Commerce Corp., Doris Blanchard connects Rhode Island suppliers with large institutions in the state that agree to purchase goods and services from those suppliers, allowing the suppliers to grow and scale up. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Blanchard connects small businesses with needed funds to help them grow

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Government/Quasi-Government: Doris Blanchard, SupplyRI With diverse skills in banking, finance, economic development and networking, Doris Blanchard, assistant director of...

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