“Embrace the Past, Empower the Future” at RIBBA Gala

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“Embrace the Past, Empower the Future” at RIBBA Gala


“Embrace the Past, Empower the Future” is the theme of the Rhode Island Black Business Association’s (RIBBA) 8th Annual Awards event Friday, October 11th at 6pm at the Omni Providence Hotel in downtown Providence. The Annual Awards Program is a nominated awards program recognizing excellence in leadership, achievement, volunteerism and contributions to one’s profession, diversity and inclusion, and economic and community development.


This year's keynote address will be delivered by, Donna Bunch Coaxum, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of OSI Group, LLC where she directs all aspects of the legal and compliance functions supporting this nearly $7 Billion global consumer products food manufacturer comprised of 50+ entities, 50+ manufacturing facilities, and 19,000+ employees in 17 countries spanning 4 continents. She also heads the corporate crisis team where she helped to develop a mobile crisis application.


Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner serves as the 2019 honorary chair, and Barbara Morse Silva of NBC10 serves as Mistress of Ceremonies.


The Gala is the organization’s largest annual fundraising event, attracting attendees from across the state, including business owners, corporate leaders, professionals, state and local representatives and other stakeholders.


Gala proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund and helps make college dreams come true for some of Rhode Island most deserving students. In addition, donations support community/small business development, job creation, financial literacy, and professional advancement programs.


About RIBBA:

RIBBA, founded over 8 years ago, has become an established presence and force in the Rhode Island community. RIBBA has been a firm and consistent voice advocating for equity for all people in all of the critical aspects of their lives. Our programmatic focus has been on the development and growth of minority businesses. As we have advocated for the need for programs that proactively address broader equity issues, we have seen minor program development and little improvement in equity over the years.


About the Award Winners:

Lisa Ranglin, President of RIBBA said, "We received dozens of nominations this year. These individuals and companies, we considered the best in their league and are worthy of this recognition."

The black-tie optional Gala begins at six o’clock with cocktails, followed by sit-down dinner at seven. Attendees are sure to enjoy the cocktail hour, dinner, award presentation, keynote speech, silent auction and the evening will conclude with entertainment, as well as the opportunity to meet and network. For tickets and more information, go to: www.ri-bba.org or call 465-3669.