Student Survival Guide: Mix it up!

By LIZ LEE  |  September 25, 2013

WHEN: Third Thursday of every month, 5:30-8 pm

WHERE: AS220, 115 Empire St, Providence

COST: Free



Named “Best Niche Networking Event” by Rhode Island Monthly in 2012, the events hosted by this ladies-only nonprofit are meant to connect and inspire “awesome women doing amazing things in Providence.” Founded in 2011 by two PVD ladies who wanted to create an “old boys club” for women, the project offers an opportunity for students to meet and learn from kick-ass local ladies. Events feature a framework dubbed the “PVD 3x3”: three presenters from different backgrounds and career levels who share their stories in three minutes each. Past presenters include Karen Beebe, owner of the Downcity boutiques Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, and Martha Sheridan, CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. Events usually aren’t free, but all ticket sales benefit a local charity or organization run by, or directly benefitting, women in the community. (Think Girl Scouts of RI or Sojourner House, a resource center for survivors of domestic violence.) Mark your calendar for College Night on October 3 at the Johnson & Wales Providence E-Center.

WHEN: Monthly meetings and workshops

WHERE: Various locations in Providence

COST: Usually between $5-$15



Up and running for just over a year now, Providence Clambake is on a mission to bring together artists, designers, freelancers, and free thinkers who want to learn about all of the awesome design-related things happening in Rhode Island and share their own projects. Past presenters include locals like artist Peter Glantz, who’s directed videos for Wilco and Andrew W.K., and Josie Morway, an artist and designer whose stunning wildlife paintings have been exhibited everywhere from the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts to the streets of Juarez, Mexico. The events are informative, inspirational, and all-around great opportunities for aspiring designers to learn about the real-life successes and failures of industry professionals — like the CEO of an eco-friendly packaging company, for instance, or the co-founders of a charitable tech startup. Whether you’re new to Rhode Island or not, you may be surprised at some of the big talent living in our little state.

WHEN: Next meeting TBA

WHERE: Usually at Anchor, 42 Rice St,


COST: Free



PechaKucha is a format for sharing ideas in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, giving presenters about 6 minutes and 40 seconds to share their story, whatever that story may be. Since their inception nearly 10 years ago in Tokyo, PechaKucha nights have been popping up all over the world and now occur in over 600 cities, including Providence. Local chapter organizer John Taraborelli describes the monthly event as “a fun, low pressure, always surprising environment in which to meet interesting people, hear great stories, and exchange fascinating ideas.” For college students specifically he says, “It’s a crash course in the young professional scene around Providence and a great place to network.” Anyone is welcome to present, and the range and scope of speakers and topics is remarkable. From Governor Lincoln Chafee, to a Brown student who spent a year living in a tent, each month offers something unexpected.

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