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Follow the Online Calendar for closures, important announcements, and upcoming events at District Hall Providence. Events below are open to the public, but may require registration.

Due to COVID-19, the Public Lounge is closed and all events are virtual until further notice.

Questions? Email info@districthallprovidence.org.

May
27
Wed
[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] “Focusing on the Challenges of Today, While Navigating Cash Flow Planning for Tomorrow” with GrowthLab
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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This biweekly virtual series from GrowthLab focuses on understanding the challenges you are facing today through the unique shifts in our economy and everyday life, while planning for long-term success. There are a lot of questions you have, “Should I take the PPP loan?” “Do I keep my employees or furlough them?” “What about my overhead expenses?” These are all important questions we must ask ourselves during this time, but the answer should be oriented towards the future of the business and not just to get yourself to tomorrow. Join Dan Gertrudes and Korey Cournoyer every other Wednesday to see how they are approaching these obstacles and how they are helping customers get over this road bump.

[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] “Innovation As an Antidote: RI’s Impact Entrepreneurs Respond to COVID-19” with Social Enterprise Greenhouse
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

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COVID-19 Hits: What Happens to Education Access for the Formerly Incarcerated?

Across the country, prisons are being hit hard by COVID-19 with little discussion around the impact the crisis will have on recidivism rates going forward. Some organizations aim to address this issue, and one of them in Rhode Island is Reentry Campus Program. With a mission to increase postsecondary education graduation rates and provide a pathway for individuals who are coming home from prison, Reentry Campus focuses on supporting people who are transitioning between taking college courses in prison and being able to use what they’ve learned outside. Founder and director James Monteiro calls on his hard-won experience to help guide currently and formerly incarcerated individuals along a path toward postsecondary success. Reentry Campus participants who are still incarcerated can earn college credits by passing exams and after their release matriculate into local universities, including Roger Williams University and Community College of RI. Hear how this model is working during the COVID-19 crisis and how the program makes a case for prison education as a catalyst for lowering recidivism rates.


In this inspiring weekly series, you will hear stories about how some of the state’s leading impact entrepreneurs are innovating and adapting to address critical social challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Join us to learn about innovation and resources that can be useful to you, your family, and your community and to find out how you can engage and help. Most importantly, this series will highlight ways we are coming together as a community to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need during this demanding time.

Join us to hear stories about entrepreneurial innovations, followed by a moderated Q&A from the audience. Hosted by Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impact by providing social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We also foster an ecosystem of diverse stakeholders who work to enable a more just, equitable and resilient economy. Learn more at www.segreenhouse.org.

Jun
3
Wed
[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] “Aligning your People Strategy with your Business Strategy” with Insperity
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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“Developing an HR Strategy”: Join us for this session to learn about the fundamental, tactical and strategic aspects of HR. John Kelly, District Manager at Insperity, will break down the Human Rescources department and share stories of how business are using their HR strategy to impact their bottom line and why having an HR strategy can have a big impact on business success.

[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] “Innovation As an Antidote: RI’s Impact Entrepreneurs Respond to COVID-19” with Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Click HERE to learn more and RSVP!

THIS AGENDA IS BEING BUILT AT LIGHTNING SPEED. CHECK BACK SOON FOR DETAILS!

In this inspiring weekly series, you will hear stories about how some of the state’s leading impact entrepreneurs are innovating and adapting to address critical social challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Join us to learn about innovation and resources that can be useful to you, your family, and your community and to find out how you can engage and help. Most importantly, this series will highlight ways we are coming together as a community to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need during this demanding time.

Join us to hear stories about entrepreneurial innovations, followed by a moderated Q&A from the audience. Hosted by Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impact by providing social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We also foster an ecosystem of diverse stakeholders who work to enable a more just, equitable and resilient economy. Learn more at www.segreenhouse.org.

Jun
10
Wed
[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] “Focusing on the Challenges of Today, While Navigating Cash Flow Planning for Tomorrow” with GrowthLab
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Click HERE to learn more and RSVP!

This biweekly virtual series from GrowthLab focuses on understanding the challenges you are facing today through the unique shifts in our economy and everyday life, while planning for long-term success. There are a lot of questions you have, “Should I take the PPP loan?” “Do I keep my employees or furlough them?” “What about my overhead expenses?” These are all important questions we must ask ourselves during this time, but the answer should be oriented towards the future of the business and not just to get yourself to tomorrow. Join Dan Gertrudes and Korey Cournoyer every other Wednesday to see how they are approaching these obstacles and how they are helping customers get over this road bump.

[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] “Innovation As an Antidote: RI’s Impact Entrepreneurs Respond to COVID-19” with Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Jun 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Click HERE to learn more and RSVP!

THIS AGENDA IS BEING BUILT AT LIGHTNING SPEED. CHECK BACK SOON FOR DETAILS!

In this inspiring weekly series, you will hear stories about how some of the state’s leading impact entrepreneurs are innovating and adapting to address critical social challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Join us to learn about innovation and resources that can be useful to you, your family, and your community and to find out how you can engage and help. Most importantly, this series will highlight ways we are coming together as a community to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need during this demanding time.

Join us to hear stories about entrepreneurial innovations, followed by a moderated Q&A from the audience. Hosted by Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impact by providing social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We also foster an ecosystem of diverse stakeholders who work to enable a more just, equitable and resilient economy. Learn more at www.segreenhouse.org.

Jun
15
Mon
[VIRTUAL EVENT] Offshore Renewable Energy Interactions with the Environment: Lessons from Europe
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

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17th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium

Explanation of the change in the biological diversity and ecological interactions resulting from new offshore renewable energy structures at a local scale and consideration of larger ecosystem scale. Panel will discuss the changes associated with installing multiple fixed turbines in terms of altered habitat provision, the development of benthic communities (both sessile and mobile), ecological processes and interactions which are relevant to understanding the effects and potential impacts.

THE PANEL

HOST AND MODERATOR

Jennifer McCann, US Coastal Programs, URI/GSO Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant

Jennifer McCann is the Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography and Director of Extension Programs for the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program. McCann served as URI’s lead for developing the Ocean SAMP.

Andrew Lipsky, Acting Chief of Staff; Fisheries & Offshore Wind Lead, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Andrew Lipsky is the Fisheries & Offshore Wind Lead at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA and Narragansett, RI. He is responsible for developing NOAA’s regional fisheries and wind science capabilities. Lipsky also co-chairs the new ICES Working Group on Offshore Wind Development and Fisheries.

PRESENTERS

Jan Vanaverbeke, Senior Scientist, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Belgium

Jan Vanaverbeke is a senior scientist at the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Marine Ecology and Management Group, and a visiting professor at Ghent University, Belgium. His research is directed towards understanding the functional effects of the introduction of artificial hard substrates in the marine environment. Currently, he is acting as one of the chairs of the ICES Working Group on Marine Benthal Renewable Energy Developments (ICES WGMBRED).

Emma Sheehan, Senior Research Fellow, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Emma Sheehan is a Senior Research Fellow that the School of Biological and Marine Sciences and Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. Currently Dr. Sheehan leads a research group www.sheehanresearchgroup.com that utilizes non-destructive techniques to assess the effectiveness of spatial management for species and habitats over large spatial and temporal scales.

Julia Livermore, Supervising Biologist, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Julia Livermore is a supervising biologist with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s (RIDEM) Division of Marine Fisheries. She is the Division’s point for offshore wind matters and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowdoin College and master’s degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. She serves on the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Intergovernmental Task Force and the New York Fisheries Technical Working Group to provide Rhode Island biological and fisheries context to federal offshore wind planning discussions. During her time at RIDEM, Julia has conducted spatiotemporal analysis of offshore fishing activity and location and value of landings from wind energy areas to characterize how regions slated for development are utilized by Southern New England fishermen, as well as the species they target. These data have been used in project permitting, NEPA reviews, fisheries monitoring survey development, and mitigation discussions between developers and fishermen

David Bethoney, Executive Director, Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation

David Bethoney serves as the Executive Director of the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, David was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, School for Marine Science & Technology where he was a Research Assistant Professor at SMAST and developed a research program on the foundation of practical application and direct engagement with the fishing industry.

 

THE SPONSORS

Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program is one of 34 programs in the National Sea Grant College Program working to enhance environmental stewardship and long-term economic development and responsible use of coastal and marine resources.  Located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island Sea Grant supports research, outreach, and education programs designed to foster the resiliency of local and regional communities and marine environments.  

URI Graduate School of Oceanography Coastal Resources Center (CRC) helps communities become more effective stewards of their coastal and marine resources.  CRC partners with stakeholders to apply science and find solutions to societal issues. Working with communities, other universities, industry, and government, we respond to issues that matter and build the capabilities of our collaborators and ourselves. We are fortunate to have excellent partners.  

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and Working Group on Marine Benthal and Renewable Energy Developments (WGMBRED) looks at benthal and renewable energy related research, cause-effect relationships and develops guidelines to aid future research. The aim of the group is to increase scientific efficiency of benthal renewable energy related research, to specify the various cause-effect relationships resulting from the construction and operation of offshore renewable energy installations, and to develop guidelines and an overview of existing data for cumulative impact research by future international collaboration. The outcomes will assist in improving monitoring concepts in the context of offshore renewable energy constructions and will also be set within the context of marine spatial planning strategies and future ecosystem-based management approaches.

Jun
17
Wed
[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] “Aligning your People Strategy with your Business Strategy” with Insperity
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Click HERE to learn more and RSVP!

THIS AGENDA IS BEING BUILT AT LIGHTNING SPEED. CHECK BACK SOON FOR DETAILS!

[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] “Innovation As an Antidote: RI’s Impact Entrepreneurs Respond to COVID-19” with Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Click HERE to learn more and RSVP!

THIS AGENDA IS BEING BUILT AT LIGHTNING SPEED. CHECK BACK SOON FOR DETAILS!

In this inspiring weekly series, you will hear stories about how some of the state’s leading impact entrepreneurs are innovating and adapting to address critical social challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Join us to learn about innovation and resources that can be useful to you, your family, and your community and to find out how you can engage and help. Most importantly, this series will highlight ways we are coming together as a community to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need during this demanding time.

Join us to hear stories about entrepreneurial innovations, followed by a moderated Q&A from the audience. Hosted by Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impact by providing social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We also foster an ecosystem of diverse stakeholders who work to enable a more just, equitable and resilient economy. Learn more at www.segreenhouse.org.

Jun
18
Thu
[VIRTUAL SERIES EVENT] Ximedica Technology Forum
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Join Ximedica for a virtual version of their monthly technology forum reviewing medtech technologies from around the world!

FEATURING

Jessica Willing-Pichs, LLB – Principal, Research and Product Strategy

As a Principal Research and Product Strategist, Jessica leads the gathering of user input that informs and guides product teams throughout the design development from early concepting to design freeze. Her work extends to defining user populations, prioritizing stated and latent needs, establishing use context and workflow, examining and validating design for both usability and commercial success. She has extensive experience in surgical and critical care devices, home healthcare products as well as clinical systems workflow improvement.

Jessica came to Ximedica in 2005 from the advertising industry, having worked for New York ad agencies Wells Rich Greene, Cliff Freeman & Partners and Omnicom’s Merkley & Partners, helping build brands for both global and national clients including BMW motorcycles, The Coca Cola Company, Heineken USA, Liberty Mutual and Citigroup. Jessica has over 20 years’ experience in user and market research, applying a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative research skills to reveal unique consumer insights for brand management, marketing communications and product development.

Jessica is particularly interested in human behavioral psychology and observational anthropology and enjoys continually staying abreast of marketplace and consumer trends, across a wide variety of industry categories.

Jessica graduated from the University College London.

This event series is in partnership with NEMIC and Ximedica.