The place was hopping with people. Not just the Ten to Watch, but their co-workers, admirers, friends and people like me, who wanted to see and meet these ten people, from whom we expect big things in 2013.
The event benefited the RI Urban Debate League, so there were representatives from that organization as well, including some of the high school student participants.
Catering by Cozy Caterers was excellent, with lots of interesting offerings from the typical (Beef Wellington) to more unusual. But we weren’t there for the food. We were there to learn more, network and generally have a good time in the Hope Club’s gracious environment.
Mayor Taveras shared some opening remarks, and Providence Monthly’s editor read off the names and made presentations. The Ten to Watch include entrepreneurs, educators, politicians, the arts and philanthropists:
|photo: Providence Monthly|
Kevin Broccoli, Founder, Epic Theater Company
Lisa Ranglin, President, Rhode Island Black Business Association
Christine Lopes, Executive Director, RI-CAN
Dr. Sheri Miller-Williams, Executive Director, United Providence
Mim Runey, President/COO Johnson & Wales University
Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz, Co-founders, Sproutel (we interviewed them regarding Jerry the Bear)
Peter Marino, Director, RI Office of Management and Budget
Jessica David, Vice President for Planning, Strategy and Special Projects, RI Foundation.
James Diossa, Mayor, Central Falls
We can expect big things in Providence and its environs this year. I’m looking forward to it!