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Saadia Ahmad ’14 accepts her CLRI diploma from Mike Ritz,
executive director of Leadership Rhode Island.

​Six Students Graduate from Prestigious Leadership Program

Six Providence College students recently graduated from the Leadership Rhode Island College Program (CLRI), where they fostered leadership skills and deepened their understanding of community issues.

CLRI provides students insight into the inner workings of Rhode Island’s non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors. Modeled after Leadership Rhode Island’s (LRI) Core Program for business and community leaders, CLRI supports students in their transition from college to the workforce.

Twenty-eight college students or recent college graduates took part in the most recent session of the program, meeting four times at different locations. Students were nominated to participate in the program.

The PC graduates are Saadia Ahmad ’14 (Monmouth Junction, N.J.), Jennifer Anello ’13 (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Caroline Heider ’15 (Beavercreek, Ohio), Kelsey Newton ’13 (Westport, Mass.), Joanne C. Rebelo ’12 (Holtsville, N.Y.), and Michael Rose ’13 (Dighton, Mass.).

“The program helped me network with professionals who have a real concern for and understanding of Rhode Island. It also gave me a deeper appreciation for what Rhode Island has to offer in terms of careers,” said Rose.

Participants in the program went to (add)ventures, a marketing, communications and advertising company headquartered in South Providence; Crossroads Rhode Island, a homeless shelter located on the west side of Providence; Amica Insurance, a national insurance company headquartered in Lincoln; and the Rhode Island State House in Providence.

“The variety of speakers in corporate, non-profit, and governmental leadership positions across Rhode Island gave me a unique view of a variety of leadership styles,” said Rose.

Ahmad explained that the program was designed to teach students about leadership and networking, in addition to exposing them to political, social, and economic circumstances that are specific to the state.

“Specifically, I was made aware of the intense personal struggles that my fellow college students experience both in their personal lives as well as professionally,” said Ahmad.

Since 2004, CLRI has graduated more than 150 college students. Class sizes range from 20-30 participants in their sophomore, junior, and senior years, as well as graduate students and those that have graduated less than a year before the start of the program.

The value of participation in CLRI can’t be overstated, said Robert Ferreira ’83, PC assistant vice president for alumni relations and a 2011 graduate of LRI.

“The College Leadership Rhode Island program gives student leaders the opportunity to really get to know and learn from influential people throughout the state,” said Ferreira, who is a LRI Board of Governors member “The exposure they have to behind-the-scenes issues is invaluable as they prepare to become future leaders in their own communities.”

—Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14

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