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LEGISLATION has been filed in both chambers of the General Assembly that would extend paid family leave from six to 12 weeks, but some business groups have raised concerns. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. business groups worry about effects of extending paid family...

While there is widespread support for bills in the General Assembly that would double the amount of paid family leave offered in Rhode Island...
ROUGH RETURN: Erin Thibeault went back to work as a teacher this fall after having a child but didn’t ­expect the trouble she and her husband had in finding day care for her daughter. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘She-cession’ cessation: Women’s employment hits record high, but hardships endure

After taking the entire 2022-2023 school year off for maternity leave, Erin Thibeault wasn’t just eager to return to work as a first grade...
FASHION LEADER: Yemi Sekoni, founder and creative director for Rhode Island Fashion Week, will lead a workshop about the business of fashion on Aug. 8 at the Center for Women & Enterprise in Providence. 
COURTESY YEMI SEKONI

Editor’s Choice: R.I. Fashion Week founder to lead ‘Business of Fashion’...

EDITOR’S CHOICE R.I. Fashion Week founder to lead ‘Business of Fashion’ workshop THE CENTER FOR WOMEN & Enterprise will hold a hybrid workshop titled...
JUST ASK: Women’s Fund of Rhode Island CEO Kelly Nevins says a new state statute requiring employers to provide a salary range upon a job applicant’s request will not only increase pay equity but save time for both employers and applicants. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. employers must provide salary range for open positions upon request

Between poring over resumes and cover letters and multiple rounds of interviews, the job search process has often been likened to a job in...

Editor’s Choice: Fall River Mayor Coogan to speak at One SouthCoast...

EDITOR’S CHOICE Fall River Mayor Coogan to speak at Chamber luncheon ONE SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER of Commerce will hold a luncheon featuring Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan. The...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE is among several Rhode Island leaders who on Friday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade. McKee called the decision a 'travesty.' / SCREENSHOT VIA WPRI-TV CBS 12

Reaction from across R.I. critical of Roe v. Wade overturn

PROVIDENCE – Several Rhode Island elected officials and candidates seeking elective office, nonprofit leaders, and a prominent health care organization were among those Friday...
WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM'S idea to help school children cope with stresses through flowers won a $50,000 prize in the United Way of Rhode Island’s and Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Lab. From left, Emily Lucas, Family Service of Rhode Island’s AmeriCorps site supervisor; Samantha Stringfellow Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, assistant vice principal; Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm executive director; Joyce Leven, FSRI community development director; Harley Van Dunk, Fogarty school counselor; and Matthew Lemay, FSRI AmeriCorps team leader, helped deliver flowers to Fogarty Elementary School in Providence. / COURTESY WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM

What Cheer’s flower school education idea wins $50K in Nonprofit Innovation...

PROVIDENCE – More often than not, Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm’s executive director, would be out and about delivering flowers to help needy...
COMING TO HELP: Edward Jones’ Disaster Relief Fund is supported by Edward Jones partners, associates and retirees to help associates impacted by federally declared disasters, including COVID-19. Pictured, from left, are Edward Jones financial adviser Anthony Lizzi, Branch Office Administrator Stelle Maris-Martin and financial adviser Peter Gobis III. / COURTESY EDWARD JONES

Edward Jones employees empowered to take ownership in firm’s success

PBN Best Places to Work Awards 2021 Midsize Companies #1. Edward Jones Employees in R.I. 67 CEO and Managing Partner Penny Pennington One of the nation’s largest financial...
DOING MORE WITH LESS: With a lean staff, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island focuses on its mission through advocacy, grant-making, informal education sessions and intensive grassroots training.
COURTESY WOMEN’S FUND OF RHODE ISLAND

Women’s Fund of Rhode Island addresses barriers and breaks through them

PBN DIVERSITY & INCLUSIONS 2020 AWARDS Nonprofit: Women’s Fund of Rhode Island FOR KELLY NEVINS, executive director of Providence-based Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, the organization’s...
A PANEL OF LOCAL LEADERS discuss diversity and inclusion initiatives in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial justice movement during PBN's 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Awards virtual event on Thursday. Clockwise from top left are Kevin Matta, Kevin Nerney, Lisa Ranglin, Neil D. Steinberg and Steve Sublett.

PBN summit: Diversity, inclusion efforts need less talk, more results

PROVIDENCE – A panel discussion about diversity and inclusion in Rhode Island workplaces and institutions was plowing through familiar topics on Thursday, such as...
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