Socially Responsible Entrepreneur, Impact Investor
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.
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.
Lecturer and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Programs, Bryant University
Before joining Bryant, Lou was a visiting scholar at Brown University and an entrepreneur in residence at the Slater Technology Fund. From 2001 until 2009, he was a venture partner at Ridgewood Capital, where he directed and managed investments in semiconductor, systems, and software companies. Earlier, he served as an investment banker at Gerard Klauer Mattison, where as its PC and digital media technology Research Analyst he achieved a #1 ranking from the Wall Street Journal. In 1982, Lou founded Cadre Technologies, and was subsequently named one of the top 200 people in the software industry by Software magazine. A former NASDAQ Director, he is currently a fellow at The Cutter Consortium, and an executive partner at Bulger Partners. Lou received his A.B. in artificial intelligence from Brown University and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.
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.
President & CEO, The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
Named president & CEO in July 2017, Brian has been with Beacon for nine years both in the roles of chief operating officer and general counsel. Prior to Beacon, he was a founding partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP and had practiced law in Providence since 1979. Brian, a lifelong resident of Portsmouth and a 1973 graduate of Portsmouth High School, graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in 1976 and cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1979. He is active in numerous business and civic organizations.
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.