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Skyline at Waterplace, New England’s Premier Special Event Venue, Expands; Fine Dining Restaurant Experience Added to Skyline’s “Menu”

Skyline at Waterplace, New England’s premier special event venue overlooking the Gateway to Providence at the Basin, is set to expand into the latest exciting addition to The Renaissance City’s globally celebrated restaurant scene.

Michael Mota, Skyline’s managing partner, said, “Skyline just celebrated its One Year Anniversary. In our first nine months we hosted over 125 events, and we’re now on track to double that number. We’ve won the Best of the Knot 2018 and Wedding Wire Brides Choice awards. Partnering with the Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau, we hosted numerous statewide events, including Providence College’s Centennial Celebration and the National Governors’ Conference.

“During its first year of operation,” Mota added, “Skyline has become renowned not just for its elegance and superb views, but also for a special event dining service second to none. Now we have added Dine with Skyline, a full service fine dining restaurant, to appeal to the world’s most discriminating palates.”

The addition of a signature fine dining restaurant stands as one more way that Skyline at Waterplace earns it national reputation as one of America’s most elegant and versatile venues for weddings, corporate events, and other special celebrations.”

Mota said, “We will be open for dinner from 5:00 – 10:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday, on all WaterFire nights, and for special outdoor Waterplace Basin events. We will be serving Sunday brunches from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. And there will be a Lounge Menu on Fridays.”

In addition, Skyline Express will deliver menu items to surrounding areas via Uber Eats and Grub Hub. And for parties of 10 or more, Skyline will utilize its own signature delivery service.

“We are honored to name Domingo Fernandez as Skyline’s executive chef,” said Mota. “He brings an astounding 45 years of experience to his role, having worked at multiple New York City restaurants. In Rhode Island he spent twelve years at Capriccio, four years each at Isabella’s and Bella Vista, and three years at Café Nuovo. The breadth of Domingo’s experience is matched only by the depth of his imagination and refinement of his skills.”

Scott Connery, Skyline’s director of sales, was quick to add that, “Russell Morin has been an incredible partner and will remain a preferred caterer at Skyline.  However, we are now ready for our own executive chef to service all the events to which we are committed and which we continue to secure at a record pace.”

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Professional Women’s Leadership Association, Nexus, Opens RI Chapter

PROVIDENCE – For the past year, the Women in Leadership Nexus has united powerhouse women committed to launching their leadership journey and co-creating a new leadership paradigm to shape the corporate sector. Today, the professional association announces the formal launch of its Rhode Island Chapter, dedicated to empowering women to reach newfound levels of professional success.

Throughout 2017, more than 200 women joined the movement, showing up at Nexus events, joining the blogging community and challenging traditional paradigms that hold that leadership is determined by hierarchy. With the opening of an official Rhode Island Chapter, members will have the opportunity to more intentionally accelerate their leadership journey by being armed with the skill sets, perspectives, experiences, relationships and knowledge needed to reach new sizeable milestones.

“At Nexus, we are passionate about helping our members achieve their professional and personal game-changing moments, the ones that will forever shape their leadership legacy,” says Carrie Majewski, Founder/CEO of Nexus. “We help our members recognize that they can be the X-factor leader or what we like to call the next-gen leader. They can be the leaders that build the awe-inspiring workplaces of tomorrow; the authors of the next best-selling business book; the trailblazers giving the top-viewed TED talk. We inspire our members to believe any dream is possible.”

The Nexus offers both Professional and Corporate Memberships, with organizations able to sponsor a specific number of employees. Nexus members enjoy a number of benefits, from members-only pricing at quarterly chapter events to access to a members-only portal to preferred rates for Nexus- and partner-led leadership development workshops. Potential members will be vetted during an application process to ensure the cultivation of a group of women committed to intentional leadership.

The Rhode Island Chapter also includes 16 Founding Members who will play a critical role in evangelizing the group’s purpose, shaping the chapter’s ideology and identifying strong candidates for membership.

“Women need more women cheerleaders. The Women in Leadership Nexus gives us just that, bringing together women of all ages and career paths to a safe haven to let our hair down, learn new things, be vulnerable, laugh (a lot!) and grow—together,” says Jen Hetzel Silbert, Founding Member, Employer Engagement, TechHire Rhode Island. “Each event and interaction gives me a reason to stand taller and with the confidence that, in spite of the daily challenges faced at home and on the job, I know I’m capable, I’m worthy and I’m not alone.”

Adds Susan Keller, Founding Member, Entrepreneurial Executives: “The Nexus brings together leaders of all ages, professions and experiences who lead in unique ways. Nexus has embraced a different way to look at leaders and how they lead. Having a diverse group of smart women in the same room is inspiring and has allowed me to connect with women that I might not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.”

To learn more about the Women in Leadership Nexus and membership opportunities, visit:

About The Women in Leadership Nexus
The Women in Leadership Nexus empowers women to reach an amplified level of leadership, fueled to be the agents of change and co-creators of a different leadership paradigm. Through in-person events and an interactive member community, the Nexus unites women looking to explore, shape and apply the principles of a next-gen leader. The Nexus offers application-based membership to its Rhode Island Chapter, with members spanning all industries and professions. To learn more, please visit

The 3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Women To Watch Awards


Every day RISBJ takes on the significant undertaking of giving voice to the Rhode Island small business community. We are a hub of information, delivering realities of the current business environment. Our writers render best practices, and we look to the business community to share and evolve together. The highlight of the year, however, is sharing compelling stories of the women who truly make Rhode Island thrive.

We celebrate the third annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards that began in 2014 as a way to honor the most confident, tenacious, professional, and sophisticated women industry leaders in our state and the incredible work they’ve been doing. RISBJ presents three award recipients for each of the following categories: Community Champion, Minority-Owned, Small Business, Solopreneur, and Startup, for a total of 15 noteworthy recipients.

Receiving over 400 nominations this year, we attentively narrowed our search to present to you 15 remarkable women, each with their own distinct stories. Each of these women show us entrepreneurship takes courage, resilience, and determination, every day. Giving voice to their journey is a tremendous honor.

We wish to congratulate the following winners of the third annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards:

Tuni Renaud Schartner, TRS Strategies Community Champion

Andrea Chait, Momentum Inc. Community Champion

Susan Pascale-Frechette, Pods Swimming Community Champion

Atabey Sánchez-Haiman, Giraffes and Robots Minority-Owned

Cindy Burke, Esq., Burke Law Group LLC Minority-Owned

Krystal Toro, SOFIT Cycle and Fitness Studio Minority-Owned

Kerrie Lanoie Sonoma, Bistro and WineBar Small Business

Gina DiSpirito, GLAD WORKS Small Business

Loren Barham, Loren Hope Designs, LLC Small Business 

Kristin M. MacRae, Organizing In RI, LLC Solopreneur

Marni MacLean Karro, Jack’s Snacks, A Dog Bakery Solopreneur

Megan McGuinness, McGuinness Media and Marketing Solopreneur

Amy Levesque Fields, Hub Digital Startup

Rita Danielle Steele, Esq, Steele Realty Consultants International Startup

Dana Spring, Open Oyster Startup

Click here to catch up with last years Winner’s of the Second Annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards.

Atabey Sánchez- Haiman, Giraffes and Robots

Atabey SanchezEntrepreneur, painter, and illustrator, Atabey Sánchez-Haiman is the owner and artist of Giraffes and Robots, art that makes you smile. Originally from Puerto Rico, Atabey graduated with a biology degree from Brown University. While working as a scientist and teacher, she began painting and illustrating on the side until ultimately quitting her day job to dedicate herself to art full time. She started Giraffes and Robots two and a half years ago. “I started my business as a way to share my passion for bright, happy, cheerful images that make people smile,” said Atabey.

Atabey started out selling her art on consignment and wholesale through other businesses including Stock, Craftland and Providence Picture Frame. She also sells at the Providence Artisan Market and the Providence Flea. “After two years of selling solely through other stores and art markets and having customers often ask where my store was located, I took the plunge and opened my studio/retail space at Hope Artiste Village. It has been so much fun to create a space where my customers can enjoy and purchase my work,” said Atabey.

The growth of her company is a testament to her ability to build and distinguish her brand while nourishing collaborations with local icons. Atabey’s unique and often locally inspired, playful work has been featured in numerous publications. Her illustrations of local landmarks, like the Superman building, are some of her most popular.

She attributes much of her success to Rhode Island, “My business is the kind of business that it is because I am in Rhode Island, a state which highly values art and individuality. I love how Rhode Island businesses help and support each other, which is why I often feature local businesses in my illustrations and also donate my art to raise funds for local schools and non-profits. There is so much that is unique in this State and it is so much fun to express that uniqueness through my artwork.”

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