Ting Barnard joins LRI board

Ting_RGBTing Barnard ’15, program co-chair for the 2016 Mu IIs and strengths coach, has been elected to Leadership Rhode Island’s Board of Governors. Barnard, who owns a woman’s fashion line, also works as a marketing consultant and brand ambassador promoting local artists and non-profit organizations at Ting Barnard’s Studio.

A Boston University graduate, she started her career as a relationship officer for several investment firms. A philanthropist, she is involved in a several nonprofits and community organizations, including Year Up Rhode Island, Amos House, Children’s Friend, the Summit Neighborhood Association, and Styleweek Northeast. Her motto: “Love where you live.”

What excites you most about LRI?

I am excited to participate within a network of highly competent and connected individuals whose mission is to continue to strengthen Rhode Island, broaden community engagement and create positive impact.

The mission of LRI is intentional and driven towards a greater purpose that begins with a collaborative Core Program, and is sustainable from the deep connections created and nurtured.

The real work begins after graduation. LRI provides you with the tools, resources and individuals to champion your cause, whatever that may be, because good leadership is guided by core values and a strong sense of self-awareness.

What do you want the 2,400-plus alumni to know about you?

I am honored to be part of the LRI family. And, as a family member, I feel a sense of responsibility to continue to stay engaged.

Do you have an inspiring message to CLRI graduates?

Trust your struggle. When you face adversity, you learn what makes you uncomfortable and develop your authentic self. Your struggle will enable you to identify your strengths because you will depend on them to overcome the challenges that come your way. Welcome the challenges and try to conquer them with a combination of being strong and being vulnerable.

Your strength will give you confidence to take the next step in your journey. Your vulnerability will encourage you to surround yourself with others whose strengths you lack. Strong leaders admit their struggle because they trust it will bring them to that next level.