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JIM OWENS, second from left, Nautilus Defense LLC principal, speaks during one of two panel discussions at Providence Business News' Emerging Industries Summit at the Providence Marriott on Wednesday. Also on the panel is, from left, Anthony Baro, E2SOL LLC managing principal; Jeanine Boyle, Inspire Environmental Inc. CEO; Nishita Roy-Pope, Tribe Academy LLC founder and CEO; Marc Parlange, University of Rhode Island president; Stephen Piper, lead client partner, state of Rhode Island, IBM Consulting. URI Research Foundation Executive Director Christian Cowan, standing at right, was the moderator. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: Life sciences, blue economy growth face challenges in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Justin Fallon, a professor of neuroscience, psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, co-founded his company, Bolden Therapeutics Inc., in Rhode Island....
MATTHEW WELDON, second from right, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News' Workforce Development Summit in Providence on Thursday. Also on the panel are, from left, Lindsey Brickle, director of workforce and community partnerships at Polaris MEP; Julie Matthew, manufacturing director of Amgen Inc. in Rhode Island; Ara Millette, director of talent acquisition and workforce development at Lifespan Corp.; Nina Pande, executive director of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future; and Douglas Sherman, senior vice president and provost at the New England Institute of Technology. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing at right, moderated. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN workforce summit: Flexibility ‘the best asset you can have at...

PROVIDENCE – With Rhode Island now having regained more than 90% of jobs lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may feel that the...
STATE REP. SCOTT A. SLATER, second from left, speaks during one of the panel discussions at Providence Business News’ 2023 Business of Cannabis Summit at the Providence Marriott on Thursday morning. Also on the panel, from left, is and Kelly Wishart, chief operating officer of Coastline EAP/RISAS; Drew Richards, director of Marcum LLP; Benjamin Rackliffe, partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux and O’Gara LLC; and Kristyn M. Glennon, first vice president and Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering officer of BayCoast Bank. The discussion was moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, far right. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: Cannabis sector ‘a struggle’ but making progress

PROVIDENCE – As the R.I. Cannabis Control Commission takes the next several months to draw up the state's crucial first set of regulations on...
WORK-FOCUSED: Panelists lead a discussion at Providence Business News’ 2023 Workforce Development Summit on Feb. 16. The panel included, from left, Julie Matthew, Nina Pande, Bill Schmiedeknecht, Doug Sherman and Matthew Weldon. 
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Panel: Offering flexible workplace is now a must

From an employer perspective, the labor market may appear to be in poor shape as many fear the U.S. is nearing, or is already...
THE PANEL at Providence Business News' 2023 Workforce Development Summit on Thursday includes, from left, Julie Matthew, Amgen Inc. manufacturing director; Nina Pande, Skills for Rhode Island's Future executive director; Bill Schmiedeknecht, Lifespan Corp. interim senior vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer; Doug Sherman, New England Institute of Technology senior vice president and provost; and Matthew Weldon, R.I. Department of Labor and Training director. Moderating is PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing at right. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Summit: ‘Human capital is your single greatest investment’ for a...

PROVIDENCE – As Rhode Island’s largest private employer, Lifespan Corp. hires about 100 new employees each month.  While that’s an improvement on earlier COVID-19-induced hiring...

Business leaders encourage flexibility, creativity to meet workforce needs

PROVIDENCE — With employers in nearly every industry reporting recruitment and retention as among their largest challenges – if not the largest – employers...
KEVIN MATTA, center of the stage, head of diversity and inclusion for Thielsch Engineering Inc., leads the discussion among panelists at Providence Business News' 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Award program at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Thursday. The other panel members are, from left, Dorca M. Paulino, diversity director for the R.I. Judiciary; Peter Rodriquez, executive director/plant manager for Amgen Rhode Island in West Greenwich; Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation; and Lawrence E. Wilson, managing director at The Wilson Organization. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: ‘Every conversation is crucial’ in diversity efforts

WARWICK – Top-down leadership, organizational involvement, empathy and persistent efforts are essential to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, according to business...
PANELISTS participating in Providence Business News' virtual summit on getting back to business address the issues that employees and employers face in their return to the workplace as COVID-19 dissipates.

PBN summit: Communication, transparency, goodwill key to reopening workplaces

Reopening workplaces as states allow it and as COVID-19 fades will be a delicate process heavily dependent on expert guidance, excellent communications and transparency...
THE PBN 2020 Business of Cannabis Summit will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

PBN’s Business of Cannabis Summit approaches

PROVIDENCE – PBN’s 2020 Business of Cannabis Summit will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel. The summit...
ATTENDEES LISTEN to the first of two PBN Health Care Summit Panels Tuesday. / PBN PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

PBN Health Care Summit: Waste remains, ACA stability threatened

WARWICK — Health care waste remains a challenge and opioid overdose care needs long-term direction, while federally induced instability continues to threaten Affordable Care...
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