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CHANGING INDUSTRY: Cheryl Burrell, right, associate director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity in the R.I. Department of Administration, is heading the state’s efforts to further diversify the construction industry. At left are Dorinda Keene, assistant administrator of MBE, or minority business enterprise, and Elvys Ruiz, chief supplier to diversity officer.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to...

Born to immigrant families struggling to get by in Providence, Edwin A. Montas and Christopher L. Calderon had a lot in common growing up.Similarly...
PROPERTY PLANS: Christine M. West, principal at KITE Architects in Providence, looks at some residential plans for a property in Exeter with Albert Garcia, principal.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business is good, but many companies take a “wait-and-see” attitude

Business continues to be good for most Rhode Island companies, and a majority expect that to continue, though their optimism is tempered by uncertainty...
JOB CREATION: Matthew Morrissey, left, vice president of Deepwater Wind, at the energy company’s Providence headquarters with John O’Keeffe, manager of operations and marine affairs. Deepwater said 800 temporary construction jobs and 50 permanent maintenance and operations positions will be needed to facilitate the construction of a second Rhode Island-based offshore wind farm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Offshore wind farms are producing hundreds of jobs in R.I.

Rhode Island, looking to leverage the vast coastline after which it draws its nickname, jumped on the offshore wind farm bandwagon early on and...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO / BUILDING SKILLS: The Dean Hotel in Providence recently enrolled some of its employees in a Core Skills Partnership program funded by a Real Pathways Rhode Island grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board. From left, Aarin Clemons, general manager; Hector Melendez, lead houseman; and Janet Norena, room attendant.

Bespoke workforce-development sessions satisfy employers, for now

For Aarin Clemons, managing downtown Providence’s The Dean Hotel – what he called “a hotel for Providence by Providence” – means employing people of...
CONVERSING: Crossroads Rhode Island members, from left, Heather Fortin, human resources and individual volunteer coordinator; Cicely Dove, vice president of family services; and Robert Upham, director of human resources, attend the PBN Workplace Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion Summit held Dec. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SKORSKI

‘Unconscious bias’ barrier to workplace inclusion

“If we tolerate intolerance, then tolerance will become extinct,” warned Stephanie Huckel, manager of culture and diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross & Blue...
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