10:45-11:30 am


Emilie Aries


Emilie Aries is the founder and CEO of Bossed Up, a career coaching and training organization that helps women craft sustainable careers. In the past year alone, Emilie and her team have trained over 250 women from across the country to help them navigate career transition and prevent burnout, and was recently nominated for a Young Women of Achievement award by the Women's Information Network for her work with Bossed Up.

Previously, Emilie has served as a digital strategist and grassroots organizer, with an array of online and offline political campaign experience. She earned her political science from Brown University and did a Fellowship on Organizing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Previously, Aries served as the Rhode Island state director for Organizing for America and managed digital strategy for the Senate Democratic SuperPAC, MajorityPAC, working in some of the nation’s closest Senate campaigns in 2012.

Emilie is based in Washington, DC and is a regular contributor writing on gender roles and workplace culture at, The Huffington Post, and the Levo League. 


In this workshop, Emilie will review the important differences between assertive and aggressive behavior and the many benefits of asserting yourself (strategically) at work. We'll hone best practices for assertive communication through verbal, visual, and vocal mediums as a way to better understand the messages we’re sending. 


Rebecca Volynsky


Rebecca Volynsky is a doodler, educator, and arts advocate living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been involved in community arts education for ten years (specifically, New Urban Arts and Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth), from student to artist mentor. Her experiences in these spaces inspire her to give others what they gave to her while growing up as a first generation American — the opportunity to find their artistic voice. Volynsky now mentors youth at New Urban Arts in mixed media and works as the Executive & Fund Development Associate at ¡CityArts!. She is greatly inspired by glitter, Russian icon painting, comically bad dates, and other badass ladies who make a difference in their communities.


This is a workshop in which participants will learn a little bit about DIY self-publishing and feminist zine history, complete a personal one-sheet mixed media zine reflecting on the questions "Where have you been? Where are you going?", and collaborate on a LadyProject zine. We will also make a huge mess, play with new materials, and build a sense of community by making art together to start off the Summit in a fun + celebratory way!


Kaylin Marcotte


Kaylin heads up community marketing and social media at theSkimm.

A native Californian, she came east to attend Barnard College and, after a brief stint in management consulting, joined theSkimm in January 2014 as its first hire.


Having an audience and customers is one thing. Having engaged brand ambassadors who help your brand grow is another. We'll explore community building, the importance of knowing your audience and growing a brand by word of mouth. 


Maureen Petrosky


Maureen Petrosky is a popular Lifestyle Expert that appears on NBC’s Today Show.

Author of The Wine Club, The Cocktail Club, creator of the Maker Lifestyle Website, and columnist, fans love her accessible and fun approach to making quick and easy yet sophisticated recipes, throwing parties, decorating, food and wine pairings, and of course cocktails.

Maureen is the ultimate hostess, and only Lifestyle Expert focused on helping young professionals, moms, neighbors and co-workers bring their on-line social experiences to life with real-world social clubs inspired by her smart- chic book series, TV and spokesperson appearances and regular editorial features like “The 10- Minute Happy Hour”.


Disconnecting to reconnect- real life advice that will get you further both at home and at work.

Olivia Rodrigues


Olivia is a Providence-based stylist who lives for helping her clients go through personal transformations by falling in love with their wardrobes and finding and enhancing their signature styles.

She is co-founder of Les Gamines, a creative collaborative of photographers, stylists, and visual artists. As a style expert, Olivia works with companies, organizations, and professional photographers to bring their fashion spread vision to life with sheer creativity and passion. She is also a contributor on the PVD Lady Project blog editorial team.


Shopping for the perfect office suit can be intimidating, frustrating, uninspiring, even darn boring, for the majority of women. And that is understandable. From the dark grey, light grey, black, brown, beige, taupe, camel shoulder-padded suits, to the trendy white suits (what, too SCANDALous for you?), finding the one that commends personality, confidence, and expertise may seem like an overwhelming and unreachable task. In this workshop, you'll hear about insightful tips to find your match, and ways to wear various styles from traditional to contemporary silhouettes, and look polished!

Elise Arsenault


Elise Arsenault is an award-winning actor, singer, and voiceover artist who is elated to be living out her passions.

Raised here in Rhode Island, Ms. Arsenault has toured nationally, lived and worked in Washington, DC and New York and is now proud to call Rhode Island her home base once again.

On stage, Elise has performed with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston (Elliott Norton Award for Best Ensemble, AVENUE Q), New Bedford Festival Theatre (Moss Hart Award, HAIRSPRAY), Ocean State Theatre Company, Ivoryton Playhouse, Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian, 2nd Story Theatre, Colonial Theater and many more.

With a commitment to the use of theatre as a means of raising awareness and creating better communication, Ms. Arsenault works as a private coach for business professionals in the area of voice, speech and interpersonal skills. She also freelances as a consultant and coach for ACTion Performance & Leadership Coaching. Elise’s work as a standardized patient has strengthened communication between medical students and their patients at George Washington, Cornell and Brown Universities. 

Other teaching artist experience includes instruction with the Washington National Opera, Synetic Theater, Tiverton After School Arts and ACT@ St. Andrews. Elise has directed over 40 productions for Missoula Children’s Theatre, Arts Alive Barrington, and Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts. Ms. Arsenault maintains a private studio for acting, singing and cello. Her current students are performing throughout New England & New York.

Additionally, Elise’s voice can be heard on several commercials and narrating audiobooks for Tantor Audio. 

Elise’s extensive training includes a BA from George Mason University, Shakespeare studies at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University and improvisational studies with Gary Austin, founder of LA’s The Groundlings.


You already have great ideas and a bangin' work ethic. How you communicate those ideas is key to your success. This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of voice and speech (breath support, inflection, tempo, articulation and vocal production) in order to make you an effective communicator.