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LABOR TALKS: 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 Feb. 15. 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, moderates. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: Adaptability is key in today’s job market

Though Rhode Island’s job numbers have largely rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, Matthew Weldon, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, doesn’t exactly...
SPREADING HER WINGS: Lindsay Kuhn launched her online career platform Wingspans Inc. after realizing there was a career opportunity gap for students in Providence while teaching at Nathan Bishop Middle School. 
COURTESY ­LINDSAY KUHN

Connecting students and job seekers to careers through storytelling

From the time she was a teenager in Coral Springs, Fla., Lindsay Kuhn recognized the power of storytelling. Throughout her career, that power has...
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...
ALL WELCOME: One SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce will hold a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Business After Hours networking event Jan. 25 at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth.
COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL OF LAW

Editor’s Choice: UMass Law, One SouthCoast to host DEI networking event

EDITOR’S CHOICE UMass Law, One SouthCoast to host DEI networking event ONE SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER of Commerce will hold a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Business...
TAKING STOCK: Minnie Luong, co-founder and co-owner of Chi Foods LLC, at the company’s facility in Pawtucket. She says she didn’t seek a bank loan when starting her kimchi business because she knew small businesses are viewed as risky by lenders, especially minority- and women-owned businesses. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

In fermented veggies, a family heritage preserved

(Editor’s note: This is the 40th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
CLOSE TO 200 people representing the manufacturing sector attended Providence Business News' 2023 Manufacturing Awards ceremony Wednesday at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Pickell, Hazen White honored at PBN’s Manufacturing Awards ceremony

WARWICK – Craig Pickell recalled that there was a period of time when manufacturers were not well-received in Rhode Island. Pickell, the CEO of Lincoln-based...

Pickell, Hazen White among 10 honorees for PBN’s 2023 Manufacturing Awards

PROVIDENCE – Craig Pickell, CEO of Lincoln-based abrasive products manufacturer Bullard Abrasives Inc., has been named the 2023 Strategic Leadership Award winner for Providence...
BUILDING MANUFACTURING: Christian Cowan, executive director of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, has helped support the state’s manufacturing sector through his work with Polaris MEP and 401 Tech Bridge. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Christian Cowan, University of Rhode Island Research Foundation executive director

PBN Leaders & Achievers 2023 Christian Cowan University of Rhode Island Research Foundation Executive director CHRISTIAN COWAN STARTED his career by learning all he could about...

Polaris MEP nets $400K grant to strengthen supply chain

PROVIDENCE – Polaris MEP has received a $400,000 federal infusion to help the state's manufacturers optimize their supply chains. With the funding, the nonprofit plans...
WORKING TOGETHER: Anita Bruno, right, executive director of Rhode Island Women In The Trades, and Jessica Baez, pre-apprentice, work on a construction site at a home in Cranston.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Still so many barriers’ for women in the trades

Given the difficult life circumstances Elizabeth “Ellie” Navarro has had to deal with, it’s a wonder she’s so upbeat. Growing up, the 19-year-old Pawtucket native...
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