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SETTING UP SHOP: Laura Guillén, the new Rhode Island executive director for Entrepreneurship for All, is forming a network of mentors and prospective program participants. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mass. business incubator arrives in Providence

Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat, especially for people of color. And if Rhode Island’s undersized share of minority-owned businesses is...
EXPERT INSIGHT: Providence Business News Editor Michael Mello, right, moderates a discussion among PBN Workforce Development Summit panelists, from left, Lisa Abbot, Steve Duvel, Nina Pande, Doug Sherman and Matthew Weldon. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit panel: Companies need to fine-tune their perks

In today’s job market, companies that hold strictly to pre-pandemic work expectations, such as rigid schedules and full-time office hours, tend to struggle to...
Nina Pande founded Providence-based Skills for Rhode Island’s Future in 2016. The nonprofit is dedicated to closing the state’s workforce skills gap. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Hiring? Embrace the nontraditional

Nina Pande | Skills for Rhode Island’s Future executive director Diversity, inclusion and work-life balance are business-critical imperatives that will continue shaping hiring practices as...
PROUD DISPLAY: Amgen Inc. employees hold the progress pride flag, a variant of the pride flag, or the rainbow flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride, which flies overhead on the center flag pole at the company’s West Greenwich campus.  COURTESY AMGEN INC.

Inclusive culture yields best teams, solutions

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Manufacturing: Amgen Inc. After several years at Amgen Inc.’s Woburn, Mass., facility, Dania Gonzalez-Guzman joined the leadership team of...
STRATEGIC PLANNING: Skills for Rhode Island’s Future staff members, from left foreground clockwise, Vianka Brito, work readiness coach; Tracy Duffaut, director of engagement; Nina Pande, executive director; Roanderson Servino, work readiness coach; and Christopher Abreu, program director, meet at the nonprofit’s Providence office. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future intentionally building inclusive work environment

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Editor’s Choice – Community Impact Award: Skills for Rhode Island’s Future Nina Pande, executive director of Skills for Rhode...
INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP: AAA Northeast diversity and inclusion leaders gather outside their Providence headquarters. They are, from left, Robert Conners, travel agent; Isabel Stewart, project coordinator; Catherine Mendez, web content strategist; Randy Delgado, senior vice president of strategy and innovation; Sarah Palmer, project specialist; Karen Diehl, senior employee experience specialist; Djelisa Daveiga, lead insurance processor; and Donna Goncalves, human resources manager. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Hiring a diverse workforce part of business growth strategy at AAA...

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Other Professional Services: AAA Northeast Bringing a diversity of people into workplaces, C-suites and board rooms is the moral...
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...
FUTURE WORKFORCE? Rhode Island high school students participating in a career pathway program for offshore wind jobs ride in a boat circling a Block Island Wind Farm turbine. /  COURTESY LUCKY DAWG PHOTOGRAPHY/DOUG LEARNED

A reversal of fortune on jobs front

WORKFORCE After working for years to create new jobs in Rhode Island, state labor officials have been faced with an unusual problem recently. In some...
R.I. LARGE SCALE: Matthew Morrissey, head of Northeast markets for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Power, stands in the company’s office in Providence in March 2020. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State is banking on power boost

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT Change usually happens slowly, especially when government gets involved. But in the last five years, the nascent renewable energy sector has exploded in the United...
COMMITTED TO COLLABORATION: Mary Johnson, left, program manager for Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, speaks with Michael Woody, president of Trans-Tex LLC and RITIN, in 2018. In the background is Tanya Dumrongmanee, Polaris program ­consultant. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making the sector more resilient

MANUFACTURING The trends in manufacturing over the past decade, including lean processes and increased efficiency, took a back seat in the last two years. Innovation...

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