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REACHING OUT: LaSalle Academy students JJ Sanzi, left, and Cole ­Matthews volunteer by preparing meals at the Amos House food kitchen in Providence.

The rush is on at Amos House earlier each month

At Amos House’s soup kitchen, need is typically lower at the beginning of the month, then ramps up as people’s public-assistance benefits run out....
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A panel discussion at Providence Business News’ Diversity Equity & Inclusion Summit and Awards event on Dec. 1 is led by Kevin Matta, center, human resources chief and diversity officer with the Amos House in Providence and board vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Professionals Inc. With him, from left, are Angela B. Ankoma, vice president of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative; Shameen Awan, vice president of talent management and DE&I assistant vice president at Amica Mutual Insurance Co.; Doris De Los Santos, manager of the supplier diversity program at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Ken Gladney, executive director and manager of diversity, assets and wealth management at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Shaweta Pandey, executive director of strategic diversity management at CVS Health Corp.; and Monika Soban, director of manufacturing and diversity, inclusion and belonging site lead at Amgen Rhode Island. 

Diversity actions can pay big dividends, say summit panelists

Words are cheap. Companies must treat diversity, equity and inclusion policies as they do long-term capital investments. That was the message from a panel discussion...
SAFE SPACE: Kevin Matta, in addition to his role as Amos House’s chief human resources and diversity officer, is the board president for Diversity & Inclusion Professionals Inc., an organization that offers advice and training for human resource and diversity officers across Rhode Island. 

For Matta, changing the system is lifelong commitment

PBN 2022 Diversity Equity & Inclusion Awards Diversity Champion: Kevin Matta Diversity & Inclusion Professionals Inc. Board President Amos House Chief Human Resource And Diversity Officer KEVIN...
KEVIN MATTA, board vice president for Diversity and Inclusion Professionals and Amos House’s chief human resources and diversity officer, is the 2022 Diversity Champion for Providence Business News' Diversity & Inclusion Awards program. / COURTESY KEVIN MATTA

Matta among 16 honorees for PBN’s 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

PROVIDENCE – Kevin Matta, board vice president for Diversity and Inclusion Professionals and Amos House’s chief human resources and diversity officer, is among 16...
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The building of Hispanic wealth in R.I.

Every year at this time – Hispanic Heritage Month – we collectively celebrate the economic, cultural and social contributions of the Hispanic-Latino community to...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza announced Monday that the city's Guaranteed Income Program will be extended for another six months. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence extending its Guaranteed Income Program by 6 months

PROVIDENCE – The city is extending its Guaranteed Income Program, which offers monetary support to a select group of low-income residents, by another six...
EXPANSION-MINDED: Russell and Sterling Spellman operate Incred-A-Bowl Food Co., a food truck company that is preparing to open a restaurant in East Providence in the fall. 

Everybody’s Business: Building a company with eye toward greater good

(Editor’s note: This is the 24th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
PROTECTING CHILDREN: AAA Northeast recently donated $5,000 to the R.I. State Police’s Community, Equity and Inclusion Unit to purchase child vehicle seats and perform outreach in underserved communities. Pictured back row from left, R.I. State Police Trooper Roupen Bastijian, Sgt. Wesley Pennington and Capt. Kenneth Jones. Pictured front row from left, AAA Senior Traffic Safety Manager Diana Gugliotta and public affairs specialists Cassidy Duble O’Connor and Joanna Frageorgia.

Employee health takes a multilayered approach at AAA Northeast

PBN Healthiest Employers Awards 2022 1,500-4,999 EMPLOYEES 1. AAA Northeast CEO (or equivalent): John Galvin, CEO and president Number of employees: 2,909 Two and a half years into the...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE announced Tuesday that 27 local nonprofits received more than $11 million from the state's Consolidated Homeless Fund. / SCREENSHOT VIA WPRI-TV CBS 12

27 homeless-support nonprofits receive $11M from state’s Consolidated Homeless Fund

PROVIDENCE – More than $11 million in local, state and federal funds from the Consolidated Homeless Fund have been allocated to 27 local nonprofit...

Citizens donates $150K to 12 R.I. nonprofits for financial education

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Bank recently awarded $150,000 in grants to 12 Rhode Island nonprofits to support financial literacy programs, according to a news release. The...
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