Leadership Rhode Island Women’s Network


The Leadership Rhode Island Women’s Network (LRIWN) seeks to empower, support and inspire women to connect more concretely on professional, personal and policy interests, and also to create meaningful and positive change in the community. The network was formed by women in the Mu II class after they graduated from LRI’s core program in 2016.

Steering Committee

Past Events

November 16, 2020
Is the School Year Working?: Education in RI During a Volatile Climate (Watch the Recording)
Moderated by Margie O’Brien Reed (LRI ’16) this panel looked at Education in Rhode Island during the time of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Panelists included:
Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green
Sulina Mohanty (CLRI ’06), Principal at BrightSpot Leadership
Daniela Fairchild (LRI ’18), Director of Operations and Special Projects for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Rich Norris, Assistant principal at 360 High School

September 24, 2020
Permission to Thrive: Self-care Strategies in Uncertain Times (Watch the Recording)
Self-care Strategist and Founder of bnourished, Katie McDonald (LRI ’16) focused on leveraging the chaos around us, and turning inward to work toward growth.

July 27, 2020
Leading With Compassion
Christine King (LRI ’16) lead a conversation on transforming awareness of one’s mental health into compassion and care for our greater communities during times of stress. 

June 17, 2020
Be Kind To Yourself (Watch the Recording)
This event brought together physician and psychologist viewpoints on mental health and well being during this challenging time of  the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 11, 2020
Entrepreneurship: Do It Your Way
Through a three-person moderated panel— Angela Bannerman Ankoma (LRI ’14), Katie McDonald (LRI ’14), Hilina Ajakaiye (LRI ’19), and Kaitlyn Roberts — moderated by Margie O’Brien Reed (LRI ’16), this event highlighted women who  started their own businesses, be it from scratch ,or by transitioning into new positions in different fields. They shared how they got started, why they did it, and the obstacles they had to overcome.

April 2, 2019
RI Women: Past, Present and Future
Through a three-person moderated panel—Henrietta White-Holder (LRI ’11), Senator Ana Quezada and Delia Rodriguez-Masjoan (LRI ’96)—moderated by Margie O’Brien Reed (LRI ’16) This event showcased the power of Rhode Island women, past and present. The historical narrative covered pioneer Anne Hutchinson as well as other notable women who helped to transform a state, run by predominately male leadership and, as a result, created new opportunities for women.

September 17, 2018
“Meet and Greet”
The LRIWN Group Steering Committee members were introduced and plans for future events and socials were outlined.

November 16, 2017
Issues facing Immigrants in Rhode Island
Through a three-person moderated panel—Henrietta White-Holder (LRI ’11), Senator Ana Quezada and Delia Rodriguez-Masjoan (LRI ’96)—moderated by Margie O’Brien Reed (LRI ’16), the discussion highlighted the positive work being done to serve the population and discuss the hardships and needs of the programs within our state. It focused on the ways we build an all-inclusive community, integrating immigrants into the existing society, while also preserving cultural heritage.

June 14, 2017
Screening of the documentary, 13th
, and panel discussion
13th is a documentary directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma) that looks at the policies and environments from slavery to present day that have shaped and an amplified the crisis of mass incarceration our nation faces today.

May 31, 2017
The Status of Working Women in RI
Women’s Fund Executive Director Kelly Nevins presented attendees with benchmarks of where women stand in Rhode Island in comparison to other states.