Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Events ~ Providence Monthly’s 2013 Ten to Watch Party ~ Providence

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend Providence Monthly’s 2013 Ten to Watch party at the Hope Club in Providence.

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.

Providence Monthly's 2013 10-to-watch party by I {heart} Rhody


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
The Arts
Kevin Broccoli, Founder, Epic Theater Company

Business/Community Development
Lisa Ranglin, President, Rhode Island Black Business Association

Education
Christine Lopes, Executive Director, RI-CAN
Dr. Sheri Miller-Williams, Executive Director, United Providence
Mim Runey, President/COO Johnson & Wales University

Entrepeneurship:
Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz, Co-founders, Sproutel (we interviewed them regarding Jerry the Bear)

Government
Peter Marino, Director, RI Office of Management and Budget

Philanthropy
Jessica David, Vice President for Planning, Strategy and Special Projects, RI Foundation.

Politics
James Diossa, Mayor, Central Falls


We can expect big things in Providence and its environs this year. I’m looking forward to it!

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