As Executive Director of RI Bio, Carol’s mission is to grow the life sciences economy in Rhode Island and southern New England. She does this by forging strong and impactful relationships with life sciences companies, entrepreneurs, sources of capital, academic and medical centers, hospitals and government organizations. She works with the Board of Directors to advance RI Bio’s vision of ensuring a high-value life sciences and healthcare community that improves patients’ lives, strengthens the economy and enhances the quality of life in the greater Rhode Island region.
Carol brings more than 25 years of economic development, entrepreneurship, management and marketing experience to RI Bio. Most recently, Carol worked with firms across all industries in greater New England to provide executive coaching, leadership and talent development and workplace analytics consulting for startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Previously, Carol led the startup of the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) Rhode Island and served as executive director for nine years, building business development programs for aspiring and existing women business owners. Over the course of her tenure, she built CWE from the ground up, from having no clients to a notable 5,000. Carol played a central role in working with the SBA and RI lending community to secure more than $17 million in bank financing for CWE client companies – advancing their ability to either get companies started or for further expansion into successful businesses. She also served on the board of the Association of Women’s Business Centers, supporting development of entrepreneurial women at the national level.
Carol earned her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.
Specialties: Entrepreneurship | Strategic Planning | Leadership Development | Branding & Positioning | Executive Coaching | Organizational Development | Talent Management | Board Management