3:45-4:30 PM

Allison Biggs


Allison Biggs is a graphic designer, coffee connoisseur, queen of cardigans, color enthusiast, font fanatic, and self-proclaimed design dork. She’s excellent at thinking outside of the box and coming up with creative solutions to problems.

Suzanne Larocque


Suzanne Larocque is a lifestyle photographer, image enhancer, & small business cheerleader. She's great at big-picture thinking, project management, and technical know-how.



You've started a business and you’re ready to claim your perfect little corner of the web. Problem is, you've never done anything like this before and have no idea what’s to come.
Suzanne and Allison provide down to earth, practical information to help you get through the often frustrating and overwhelming task of building a website.
These Business Betties will share with you their inside tips, a list of questions you need to be asking, and the ultimate guide to what you should expect… when you’re expecting a website.

Emily Raleigh


Emily is the Founder and CEO of Smart Girls Group, a family of brands that strive to unite, empower, and inspire ambitious young women to succeed in all facets of life, on their own terms. Since starting Smart Girls Group in high school, Emily has spearheaded business development, community expansion, partnership development and execution, marketing, and branding. Passionate about social entrepreneurship, women empowerment, and community development, she has overseen Smart Girls Group's global community expansion, with members in 40+ countries, on 6 continents. In addition, she has developed and executed marketing campaigns with clients including Whole Foods, Kenneth Cole, KPMG, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Stella and Dot, and Tieks by Gavrielli, among others, with the Smart Girls Group marketing team. She and Smart Girls Group have been awarded the 2013 Kenneth Cole AWEARNESS Grant, the 2014 Camp Campbell Competition, led by Campbell's Soup Co. CEO, Denise Morrison, and the 2014 Young Entrepreneurs Challenge, led by Capital One Bank, Sprint, and Front Street.

Emily is a junior at Fordham University in the Gabelli School of Business, where she is studying marketing and communications & media management. 


5 Steps to Finding Your Smart Girl is a workshop we do within the Smart Girl Sisterhood that is meant to help young women find their purpose, surround themselves with empowering, passionate individuals, and take actionable steps towards their goals, whatever they may be. The 5 steps include the following: Find Your Ams (the power of positive thinking and speaking), Find Your Smarts (finding your purpose and passion), Find Your Goals (setting actionable steps towards reaching your goals), Find Smart People (creating a community of empowering, passionate people who will support you and vice versa), and finally, Find Your Smart Girl & Set the World On Fire (creating your positive mark on the world). 

Pamela O'Hara


Pam is CEO of Batchbook, which she co-founded in 2006. She is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company.

Previously, Pam co-founded and managed operations at Matrix Group International, a web development firm in the Washington, D.C., area that develops web-based technologies for large and small trade associations. A former consultant to small businesses, her web career started in 1994, when she designed websites and managed online communications for U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn and the Food Marketing Institute.

Pam holds dual degrees in English and History from the University of Richmond. She resides in coastal Rhode Island with her husband, two daughters and one son.

Pam is CEO of Batchbook, which she co-founded in 2006. She is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company.

As a businesswoman and a mother, Pam is committed to running a company that can adapt to the unique needs of both its employees and its customers to foster better organization, increased productivity and a more balanced life. She balances the fast pace of running a technology start-up with other roles including:

Chairwoman of The Small Business Web, the international trade association of cloud software for small business. Since Batchbook co-founded the group in 2009 it has grown to more than 250 web-based applications and has been described by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as "a fundamentally different way of doing business."Mentor for Betaspring, a startup accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneursHead of the "Geeks for Good" food pantry drives that reach out to Providence Geeks members.


In this workshop Pamela will share some of the traditional concepts, creative approaches and real world examples of small business sales strategies. She’ll warn you off of the ones that are icky and overly aggressive, and introduce key concepts that you can skillfully wield to develop your own strategy for making more sales. You'll learn how to find the right marketing channels, create a budget and sales timeline, follow up quickly and easily, keep your team on the same page and deliver an amazing customer experience. She’ll have plenty of resources at the ready to help make your journey a successful one. Think ideas, inspiration, a chuckle!

Suzy Alba


A lifelong Rhode Islander and first generation college graduate, PVD Lady Project member Suzy Alba is a 2005 graduate of Rhode Island College where she served as President of her class. Suzy was honored by RIC with the Young Alumna of the Year Award in May 2009. She is also a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island’s (LRI) College Program and a recipient of LRI’s Emerging Leader Award.

Suzy recently received a Rising Star in Politics Award from YWCA of RI, and a Revitalizing Neighborhoods & Communities Award from the New Leaders Council of RI.

Suzy is currently the Vice President of the Smithfield Town Council and the Director of Alumni Affairs and College Relations at Rhode Island College, where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Communication Department. Suzy was most recently an Assistant Director of Annual Giving in the Office of Advancement at Brown University and prior to that position, Suzy worked at the United Way of Rhode Island as a Development Officer.

Suzy volunteers her time as a mentor for local youth and college students, and serves on multiple boards for community organizations including the Women’s Fund of RI. She also assists local nonprofit organizations with fund development and engagement strategies



Gayle Goldin


Gayle Goldin represents the East Side/Fox Point neighborhood of Providence. As a newly elected senator, Gayle championed the passage of Temporary Caregiver Insurance, making Rhode Island the third state in the country to create paid family leave and the first to do so with job protection.  She is focused on common-sense legislation to grow our middle class. She is deeply committed to improving outcomes for children in foster care, quality public education for all children, creating economic development opportunities, protecting Rhode Island’s most vulnerable populations and ensuring that diverse voices are included in the legislative process.

Gayle's career includes serving as a consultant in the nonprofit sector, assisting with strategic advocacy efforts, policy analysis, and qualitative research. Previously, she served as the Strategic Initiatives Officer at Women's Fund of Rhode Island. She began her career in Rhode Island working at a national organization focused on increasing access to health care for the uninsured.  Gayle graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in English Literature and earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Tufts University. 

Gayle is the recipient of a 2013 congressional Angels in Adoption Award, the 2014 Bell of Hope Award from the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Parent Information Network's Legislator of the Year award, and has been named one of the Women's Campaign Fund's 40 national Game Changers. She is also a board member of Temple Emanu-El in Providence.

Gayle and her husband, Jeff Levy, live on the East Side of Providence with their two sons, Zack and Jonah, and their dog, Koji.



You want to run for office-- now what? Learn more about the ins and outs of running for public office by Councilwoman Suzy Alba & Senator Gayle Goldin.

Maureen Kerrigan

I graduated from the University of Hartford with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and later I obtained my MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I began my career as an SEC Analyst for Northeast Utilities in CT, and spent time as a small business owner before joining Tucker Anthony (now RBC Wealth Management) in January of 2002. I have earned my Accredited Wealth Manager designation. The AWM recognizes an advanced knowledge of the wealth management process, concentrating in the areas of business and retirement planning, and estate planning strategies for high net-worth clients.

My husband and I are the parents of 4 grown daughters. I am passionate about helping them and other women create and navigate their financial landscape.


The interactive presentation will focus on prioritizing your finances from addressing debt to the importance of living within your means and starting retirement savings NOW!

Kaitlyn Roberts


In 2006 Kaitlyn Roberts founded Easy Entertaining Inc. in a live-work loft on Providence's West Side, as a personal chef and in-home caterer. In the nine years since Ms. Roberts has emerged onto the New England culinary scene, she had grown the company into culinary force; catering everything from in-home dinner parties to million dollar fundraisers, and employing over 30 hard-working and creative Rhode Islander's. In 2012, Roberts opened a sustainable cafe on Providence's West Side, to rave reviews and most recently won a prestigious “Best of RI award” from Rhode Island Monthly for “Private Party Pros” in 2014.

Roberts resides in Providence with her husband, Jameson and their fur baby, Gus.


Enjoy a brief demonstration on how to make weeknights tasty and healthy. Join Chef Kaitlyn Roberts as she demonstrates 2-3 quick and easy weeknight meals with a taste of each at the end.