R.I.S.E WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
  THURSDAY, November 4TH, 2021   |   Choose In-Person or Virtual

OUR VISION

R.I.S.E (Realizing Inspiration & Sustaining Excellence) envisions a world free of adverse social norms that impact all women and girls in the workforce. The RISE Women’s Leadership Conference brings discussion, thought leadership and connectedness across a diverse and broad range of phenomenal women. The experience creates a safe space for women and girls to engage in inspirational and courageous conversations surrounding the nuances of gender parity, social-economic, and workplace equality. 

OUR MISSION

R.I.S.E is a 501(c)(3) educational organization missioned to inspire, connect, recognize and help women and girls navigate the workplace and entrepreneurial landscape while recognizing the importance of work/lifebalance that exists between both spaces.

RISE supports women and girls live out their fullest potential in traditional, entrepreneurial, and creative professional experiences through peer engagement and mentorship opportunities.

In addition, R.I.S.E is deeply invested in the young women of today who will be leading the world and futures of tomorrow. We partner with many great organizations that positively shape the lives of youth for the future.  After all, the outcomes of tomorrow are grounded in the efforts of today!

OUR PILLARS OF CONCENTRATION

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

R.I.S.E confronts a range of challenges that many female employees face and learn howto emerge leaders at any stage of their career.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Research conducted by the Family Wealth Advisors Council suggests women will hold two-thirds of our nation’s wealthby 2030. Coupled with the reality of longer life expectancies, in comparison to their male counterparts(cite),women cannot afford to be disengaged from finances as they amass higher levels of wealth and live longer. Come here strategies at R.I.S.E !

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Good health begets wealth, buthow do balance both in your pursuit of happiness? Explore strategies to level up your health and wellness two main ingredients to living a longer, fuller and healthier life. Learn how to incorporate the science of balance into the art of life. Afterall, the pursuit of health, personal growth, and wealth lies in our ability to exercise self-care as a prerequisite to serve others.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & EDUCATION

The rise of women in business and education speaks to our immeasurable resiliency. Women leveraged curiously and insight from the Women’s Movement of the 1920’s to current day social justice movements of the new millennium. As a result,we have creatively leveraged our abilities to entrepreneurs and educational leadership circles that challenge and influence the minds of every industry.

MENTORSHIP & PAYING IT FORWARD

RISE believes in giving without the expectation of return. The return is positively powering the future, our souls and evoking positive change. Towards this end, R.I.S.E partners with schools like The Lincoln School for Girls and others all over New England as well as mentor as a team. Come see some of these amazing, young women at the Young Woman’s Circle at R.I.S.E!

A BETTER YOU!

 R.I.S.E has a holistic focus on helping to be a part of creating ‘A Better You!” Towards this end, we will also offer workshops with universal skills that are beneficial in many walks of life.

R.I.S.E. ADVISORY STRATEGY COUNCIL



The R.I.S.E. Women’s Leadership Conference is not the product of one individual but rather a powerful collective of women trailblazers and leaders across diverse industries throughout New England. This diverse collaborative of fierce women connecting as strategic advisors volunteer their time to bring the magic that yields a must attend event called R.I.S.E. Women’s Leadership Conference. It is a joy to bring this to you with them! –

Hilina D. Ajakaiye,
Founder & Executive Director, R.I.S.E. Women’s Leadership Conference

Katje Afonseca
Katje Afonseca
Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island Read Full Bio

Theresa Matos Agonia
Theresa Matos Agonia
Chief of External Affairs, City of Providence Read Full Bio

Felismina Andrade
Felismina Andrade
Director, External Communications and Community Relations Giant Food Read Full Bio

Willette Brown-Fatoyinbo
Willette Brown-Fatoyinbo
Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Education Read Full Bio

Jillian Butler
Jillian Butler
Wavemaker Fellowship Director, Rhode Island Commerce Read Full Bio

Emilie DeVito
Emilie DeVito
Specialist, External & Community Relations, Stop & Shop Read Full Bio

Rosie Fernandez
Rosie Fernandez
Manager, Community Relations, Cox Communications Read Full Bio

Elsa Franco
Elsa Franco
Specialist, Local Marketing & Communications, Stop&Shop Read Full Bio

Claudia Garlett
Claudia Garlett
Vice President, Branch Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Read Full Bio

Tracey Giron
Tracey Giron
Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Providence Read Full Bio

Ashia Graziano
Ashia Graziano
Associate Director of Parent & Family Giving, Brown University Read Full Bio

Davi Harte
Davi Harte
Senior Manager, Media Strategy & Planning, Stop & Shop Marketing Read Full Bio

Sinbiat Hassan
Sinbiat Hassan
Sr. Web Analyst/Product Owner - Eversource Energy Read Full Bio

Sarah Hemphill
Sarah Hemphill
Outside Sales Representative, ADP Read Full Bio

Megan Herne
Megan Herne
HR Manager - North America, AstroNova, Inc. Read Full Bio

Adriana I. Dawson
Adriana I. Dawson
Community Engagement Director, Verizon Read Full Bio

Jessica Khokhlan
Jessica Khokhlan
Sales Associate, Stryker ENT Read Full Bio

Essence Lee Souffrant
Essence Lee Souffrant
Channel Manager, Digital & Loyalty, Stop&Shop Read Full Bio

Lavonne Lopes
Lavonne Lopes
Realtor, World Net Real Estate Group Read Full Bio

Alejandra Pena
Alejandra Pena
VP Retail Sales and Service Coach, Eastern Bank Read Full Bio

Gisselle Perez
Gisselle Perez
Head of Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and People Relation, Biogen Read Full Bio

Lynelia Raposo
Lynelia Raposo
Global Marketing CIM, Duracell Inc. Read Full Bio

Ashley Rappa
Ashley Rappa
Director of Marketing & Communication, Lincoln School Owner & Founder, Human Writes Consulting Read Full Bio

Patricia Raskin
Patricia Raskin
Raskin Resources Productions Read Full Bio

Suzi Robinson
Suzi Robinson
Chief Commercial Officer, NOUFLEX Brand + Business Strategy Consultant Read Full Bio

Sarah (Sadie) Rumsey
Sarah (Sadie) Rumsey
Logistics Coordinator, Edesia Nutrition Read Full Bio

Reem Said-Awad
Reem Said-Awad
Private Client Banker, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Read Full Bio

Cara Sangermano
Cara Sangermano
Human Resources Manager, Stop&Shop Read Full Bio

Jen Silbert
Jen Silbert
Behavior Scientist, Executive Coach and Co-founder of Spartina Consulting Read Full Bio

Leiyina Tavarez
Leiyina Tavarez
VP, Consumer Banking Sales & Service Coach, Webster Bank Read Full Bio

Katie Thornell
Katie Thornell
Director of Pharmacy Operations, Stop&Shop Read Full Bio

Nisa Villareal
Nisa Villareal
Community Outreach Coordinator - Office of US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Read Full Bio

Annisha Volquez
Annisha Volquez
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Testimonials

As a mom of two who works full time and runs a business, I am extremely selective of how I invest my time and energy. This full day conference exceeded my expectations. The organizers paid attention to every detail and attracted attendees who I fully enjoyed meeting and spending the day with. The speakers were credible, relatable, and informative. This is an event not to miss! Well done.

Cleonie Mainvielle

This event exceeded all of my expectations. It was planned with attention to all details. As both an attendee and an exhibitor, there was many conference staff available to answer any questions to ensure a great experience. The speakers were empowering and inspiring, and I can’t wait until next year!”

Natalia Lima

Exhibitor at RISE

A day filled with inspirational women! I’m so glad I attended this event. I met a lot of great women that are doing fabulous things locally, nationally and internationally. I can’t wait until the next event!

Bria Johnson

Attendee 2018

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