Amica Mutual Insurance and National Grid RI Commit 3 Years of Support for College Leadership Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Stating that College Leadership Rhode Island (CLRI), in its tenth year, sparks civic involvement and leadership interest in some of Rhode Island’s best and brightest young leaders, Bob DiMuccio, President of Amica Mutual Insurance, and Tim Horan, President of National Grid RI, have agreed to co-sponsor the program for the next three years.

“There’s always a lot of talk in Rhode Island about keeping talented college students here after graduation,” said Mike Ritz, Executive Director of Leadership Rhode Island (LRI). “Our program does that. That Amica and National Grid understand the need and follow it up with financial support for one of the solutions demonstrates their commitment to the future of our state.”

Leadership Rhode Island selects campus leaders from ten colleges and universities across Rhode Island each year to participate in College Leadership Rhode Island. During each semester, participants engage in a range of activities designed to develop their understanding of, and commitment to, the roles and responsibilities of leaders in non-profit, for-profit, and government agencies. There is no fee for students to attend. Leadership Rhode Island relies on private donations and corporate sponsorships to cover program costs.

Ritz states that CLRI graduates are leading successful careers around the state while also giving back to Rhode Island through volunteer service, board service, and as of last year’s successful Smithfield Town Council election victory by Suzy Alba, a 2004 graduate of CLRI -serving in elected office.

“The networking skills are what landed me a job I love,” exclaimed Kristina Maria Grande, who graduated CLRI in 2011 and became a global sourcing analyst for Kenney Manufacturing Company.

Through site visits, panel presentations, and group activities, CLRI participants gain a better understanding of how multiple stakeholders work together in the state. Students serve as models and inspirations for one another while developing skills in professionalism, mediation, communication, and respect. From discussions of social enterprise and the knowledge economy to exercises in corporate philanthropy and legislative procedure, students develop an appreciation of civic engagement, a sense of responsibility for the greater good, and the skill set to effectively approach and address issues within their communities.

Students interested in participating in College Leaders Rhode Island,
may apply online at

Deadline for applications to the next class is this Friday, July 19,

About Leadership Rhode Island 

Leadership Rhode Island (LRI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, established in 1981, whose mission is “to provide leaders and emerging leaders with knowledge and access to resources which will enable them to positively affect their communities”. LRI consists of over 1600 alumni from the for-profit, non-profit, and government sector across Rhode Island.

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