Creating and supporting
a legacy of leaders since 1981.

Our Work

LRI develops more effective leadership by showcasing Rhode Island's strengths, examining its problems, convening community and statewide events, and inspiring everyone to engage in solutions.

Each year, LRI selects diverse classes of emerging and established Rhode Island leaders to participate in thought-provoking programs that encourage community engagement and inspire action.

Enhancing our community through gatherings, forums, surveys, and good governance.

A multi-year initiative to help Rhode Islanders discover, develop, and leverage their individual and collective strengths.

Leadership Programs

Each year, LRI selects diverse classes of emerging and established Rhode Island leaders to participate in thought-provoking programs that encourage community engagement and inspire action.

Community Engagement

Enhancing our community through gatherings, forums, surveys, and good governance.

Make RI Stronger

A multi-year initiative to help Rhode Islanders discover, develop, and leverage their individual and collective strengths.

Our Impact

Our impact is as broad and varied as our alumni. Hear how LRI has helped careers and communities.

"The most outstanding combination of networking and education available in the state today."

Michael Friedman (LRI '16), Clubhouse Capital

"My Leadership Rhode Island journey made me better and inspired my continuing commitment to making everything around me better."

Will Bundy (LRI '02), Director, Gravely Research Group, Naval War College

"You'll never be the same after you've been through this experience."

Nondas Voll (LRI '85), Executive Director (retired), Fund for Community Progress

"I am amazed and impressed with the enormous positive impact LRI has had on our state."

Richard Staples (LRI '90), Retired, Fannie Mae

"I was able to step outside my day-to-day comfort zone, engaging in thoughtful, action-oriented interactions with a diverse cast of characters."

Dana Borrelli-Murray (LRI '12), Executive Director, Highlander Institute

"It's a life-changer. There are few places left where you can quite freely discuss your ideas with so many others."

Gary St. Peter (LRI '92), Principal (retired), SP&K

"Apply if you wish to expand your thinking, want to be a part of an extraordinary group having a positive impact on Rhode Island, and are looking for adventure."

Claudia Cardozo (LRI '11), Community Development Manager, Coastway Community Bank

"The intended consequence is very simple - sustainable relationships are built that have a positive impact on our state."

Steven O'Donnell (LRI '04), CEO, YMCA of Greater Providence

"Participation in LRI was a gift that continues to pay dividends 25 years after graduation."

Martha Conn Hultzman (LRI '91), Director, Citrin Cooperman

"I have watched LRI cross lines and broaden and expand its definition of leadership while becoming much more visible in the social and cultural landscape."

Donald King (LRI '02), Creative Director, King Saint Germain

"It was the most gratifying and 'out of the box' professional and personal 'Rhode Island-centric' development experience I have ever been a part of."

Captain Vincent McAteer (LRI '15), Office of Community Outreach, Cranston Police Department

"Seldom, if ever, will you be able to share ideas with such a diverse community of leaders, as you will in LRI."

Jane Fusco, (LRI '03), Marketing Manager, University of Rhode Island

"It is a truly transformational experience."

Bill Allen (LRI '87), Adjunct Lecturer, Brown University

"It's incredibly informative, a truly unique experience. The people involved make this time so worth it."

Jennifer Luxmoore (LRI '10), Owner, Sin Desserts

"What you experience during your session day and the leaders you will interact with can not be replicated."

Ed D'Arezzo (LRI '08), Retired, Assistant Director of Health, RI Dept of Health

"LRI opened my eyes to the many facets of complex issues in our state, far beyond what reading papers and listening to news outlets did. "

Kelly Nevins (LRI '06), Executive Director, The Women's Fund

"LRI helped me to develop the ability to extract the individual capabilities of diverse leadership styles while engaging and empowering those in my community."

Sixcia Devine (LRI '07), Founder of Caritas Smile and CEO of Sixcia Business

"LRI isn't going to tell you how to do it, but it will connect you with people who will help you achieve it, because they want it, too."

Jacob Brier (LRI '14), Co-Founder & Chairman, LIFEcycle Inc.

"One of the best things I've ever done!"

Ruth Clegg (LRI '98), Artist & Owner, Angell Fine Arts

"LRI affords a space for conflicting ideologies to meet and evolve, which is key to community progress in a time with so much partisanship and division."

Ray Two Hawks Watson (LRI '15), Founder/CEO, Providence Cultural Equity Initiative

By The Numbers

LRI creates and supports a legacy of leaders.

2,249

Total Graduates

$793,137

In Tuition Assistance Scholarships

110

Graduates Per Year

37

Years of Impact