Socially Responsible Entrepreneur; Impact Investor; Owner, Plant City
Kim Anderson has been a successful retailer and business leader for more than 30 years, starting in the management and buying departments of Jordan Marsh and Macy’s. She is former owner of the home store Teapots & Tassels, Co., where she was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1991 by SBA and “Citizen of the Year Award” in 2005 for her Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 she co-founded, with her 15-year-old daughter, Ava Anderson Non Toxic, the safest full line of personal care and home cleaning products, sold via direct sales. With the support of 20,000 independent sales representatives, the business educated millions of American families about the dangers of harmful chemicals in conventional products for humans and the environment. In 6 years it reached a $60M run rate, was honored by Inc. Magazine, Fortune and Entrepreneur, and was acquired in August 2016. Kim is a board member of Social Enterprise Greenhouse.
Margaret D. Farrell
Partner, Hinckley Allen
Peggy Farrell focuses her practice in the area of corporate and securities law
with extensive experience in organization, acquisitions, sales, mergers,
recapitalizations and other reorganizations of both publicly and
privately-held corporations, partnerships and limited liabilities
companies, and in personal and business tax planning. She has extensive
experience in handling equity and debt securities offerings, both fully
registered public offerings and exempt private placements and venture
capital financings, ongoing SEC regulatory compliance and reporting, and
investment company, investment adviser and broker-dealer registration
and regulation. Peggy has in-depth knowledge of financial institution
regulation and has experience in computer and other high technology law,
including software licensing and copyright and trademark protection.
Executive Director, University of Rhode Island Business Engagement Center
Katharine was named to lead the URI Business Engagement Center in 2013 while continuing to serve as executive director of corporate and foundation relations for the University of Rhode Island. She also spends part of her time working for the Governor of Rhode Island's Executive Office of Commerce. Before joining URI in 2012, she was director of business development for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation for eight years. Katharine has extensive experience evaluating and coaching emerging businesses and has been actively involved with the RI Business Plan Competition for nearly 10 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematical economics from Brown University.
As executive director of RI Bio (formerly known as MedMates), Carol’s mission is to grow the life sciences economy in Rhode Island and southeastern New England by forging strong relationships with life sciences companies, entrepreneurs, sources of capital, academic and medical centers, hospitals, and government organizations. Carol has more than 25 years of economic development, entrepreneurship, management, and marketing experience, providing executive coaching, leadership and talent development, and workplace analytics consulting for startups. She has an MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.
Executive Director, RI Bio
With more than 15 years of public accounting experience, Anthony has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional services, distribution, and employee benefit plans and chair’s KLR’s Emerging and Start Up Business Services Group. Named to the Providence Business News 2011 class of “Forty under 40,” he frequently speaks at business forums across southern New England, Anthony is a member of Betaspring and the Cambridge Innovation Center, and serves on the United Way of Rhode Island Finance Committee and as an advisory board member of Community College of Rhode Island. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Science in Taxation degree, both from Bryant University.
Founding Partner, NEMIC Aidan is a founding Partner of NEMIC (New England Medical Innovation Center) and a Fellow of the Provost at RISD, focused on intersections between user centered design and healthcare. He is a member of Cherrystone Angels and a mentor and adviser to multiple startups. Aidan's passion for innovation and design has helped bring hundreds of products to market that range from simple drug compliance aids to wearable therapeutics, home monitoring products and complex surgical systems. His training in industrial design gives him a focus and deep knowledge of ‘Human centered design’ and design thinking as essential components of the innovation process..
Director of Strategic Planning for New Ventures, Altus Dental
Jennifer is the Director of Strategic Planning for New Ventures at Altus Dental and manages the corporate venture initiatives for the company and its sister companies through their fund, Altus Ventures. In addition to her role with Altus, she is responsible for strategic planning for Chewsi, the free dental app that helps patients realize significant savings from a participating dentist. She analyzes emerging industry trends and recommends expansion opportunities, partnerships, and business process improvement.
Managing Director, Slater Technology Fund
Thorne joined Slater in 2000, where he now is responsible for investments in software, new media, and energy-related technologies. He began his career at Time Warner in 1993, where he led the book group’s early efforts in online publishing and commerce on CompuServe and the web and, in 1995, co-founded EScribe Corporation, an online publisher that developed communities for upscale, outdoor enthusiasts. He also was co-founder and CEO of Incubator, Inc., an angel-funded, Internet business incubator in Berkeley, California.
Chief Technology Officer, Envision Technology Advisors, LLC
Jeff has been working in business and technology consulting for nearly 20 years. He has consulted nationally for clients of all sizes and across many verticals, including data analytics, healthcare, financial services, high-tech, and consumer goods. He sits on the board of local startup Datarista, mentors with Year Up, serves in local government, was a Leadership Rhode Island graduate (Iota II), and has an MIS degree from URI.