Cities Salon: Investment and Opportunity in the Mid-Size City
In partnership with the City of Providence and sponsored by UBS, Worth is hosting an intimate evening exploring the biggest private and public sector opportunities to build and grow inclusive, thriving cities.
The event will include opening remarks from Governor Gina Raimondo and a fireside chat with Mayor Jorge Elorza, along with a panel discussion from experts from both within and outside of Providence.
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- The Pavilion at Grace Methodist Church – 300 Westminster Street – Providence, RI
Juliet currently serves as CEO for media brand Worth, responsible for leading its transformation from a print magazine to a content platform that focuses on ‘Worth beyond Wealth’ and inspires and informs an affluent, influential and successful community of individuals to be their best selves.
Juliet began her career as a management consultant, learning to code at IBM Business Consulting Services, before focusing on business strategy and organizational change, working with clients to solve complex business problems across a variety of sectors through the use of technology.
Her experience in this area took her to a role at Boxwood (now KPMG) where she worked as a senior consultant in strategy and business change, with a focus on the media and technology sector. After working as a consultant with Guardian News & Media on its print to digital strategy, in 2012 she was confirmed in a permanent role to lead strategy and operations for the Guardian Media Group’s commercial division based in London.
Juliet joined the Guardian’s executive committee in 2015 and, as chief delivery officer; was responsible for the strategic implementation of the global three year turnaround plan and subsequent transformation and growth for the Guardian’s US operation, relocating to New York in 2016.
She lives in Westchester with her husband and son, is a keen runner, yogi, and skier.
Jennifer Cruickshank is Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) for The Coca-Cola Company for the U.S. East Region. Working in collaboration with franchise bottlers, Jennifer is responsible for government relations, issues management, stakeholder and community relations, corporate social commitment, media and brand PR, and internal and leadership communications across 35 states and territories in the U.S. Jennifer joined Coca-Cola in 2013 as PAC Director for the New England region, where she successfully managed a similar portfolio of work.
Before joining Coca-Cola, Jennifer served as the Director of State Relations for Boston’s longest serving Mayor, Thomas M. Menino. In this capacity, Jennifer managed the City of Boston’s initiatives on Beacon Hill, fostering relationships between the City and its state partners. Jennifer managed the development and advancement of the Mayor’s legislative agenda and state budget priorities. She was also responsible for advising the Mayor about policy issues and other intergovernmental affairs. During her five years in the Menino administration, Jennifer led campaigns to help pass landmark education, municipal health care and pension reform legislation.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s office, Jennifer managed media and advocacy activities for the American Cancer Society’s New England Division. Jennifer also spent three years as an Associate at Winning Strategies Washington, a boutique public affairs firm in Washington, DC.
She earned her master’s degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 2008. She obtained her BA from Bucknell University in 2001, where she also played Division-1 soccer.
A Massachusetts native and die-hard Boston sports fan, Jennifer and her family now live in New York City.
As Providence’s 38th Mayor, Jorge O. Elorza has worked tirelessly to build a Providence that works for every resident and business. Since first taking office in January 2015, Mayor Elorza has prioritized supporting and investing in the source of the capital city’s strength and vibrancy – its people and neighborhoods. To make Providence the top mid-size city in the country Mayor Elorza has promoted innovative and efficient city government, expanded educational and economic opportunities to prepare residents of all ages for a 21st century economy, advanced sustainable development and growth that is equitable and inclusive and stabilized city finances through responsible and transparent leadership. Now in his second term, Mayor Elorza looks to build upon past successes to continue to develop a high quality of life and space that benefits all residents throughout Providence’s 25 thriving communities.
Mayor Elorza has been a champion for youth and education. He has pushed the envelope to provide all Providence Public Schools students with learning experiences that prepare them for success in the classroom and beyond while investing in year-long learning opportunities and increased cradle-to-career supports. With the “All In” education initiative, Mayor Elorza ensured the voices of community members are centered in education priorities and committed to investing up to $400 million over 10-years to improve school facilities after decades of deferred maintenance. With his eyes set on closing the achievement gap, Providence’s Eat, Play, Learn summer initiative launched in 2017 is recognized nationally for tackling summer learning loss by encouraging youth to participate in enriching and engaging and recreational, educational, occupational programming. This includes the City’s free summer meals, summer learning programs, “One Providence for Youth” employment and advanced paid internships, and $5 weekly summer recreation camps.
Providence is also helping adults access workforce development resources to build critical skills to succeed with the changing demands of an ever-evolving economy. The City has work to provide training and support, particularly for those unemployed or underemployed, to connect them to employment pipelines or prepare them to launch their own businesses. The City also supports some of its most vulnerable residents through investments in Amos House’s “A Hand Up” program, which has offered daily work opportunities to hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. Through the Providence Business Loan Fund (PBLF) Providence helps existing businesses scale, promoting economic dynamism and productivity. Over the last three years, the PBLF has issued nearly $2 million in loans to help local businesses expand and create new employment opportunities.
Through Mayor Elorza’s leadership, city services have become more responsive and accessible for all residents, visitors and entrepreneurs. In early 2016, the Mayor’s Center for City Services launched the PVD311 system for 24/7 access to constituent services. While promoting an innovative and efficient work culture, in 2015 the Department of Innovation was launched to spearhead efforts to make City Hall more user-friendly by leveraging technology and lean systems to improve the delivery of services. As a result, the business license and renewal process has been simplified through a digital platform and the number of forms needed for processing has been condensed – from 44 down to just three. By streamlining processes, providing customer service training and continuously encouraging City staff to look for efficiencies in all transactions, Providence has taken strides in providing high quality city services to all.
In his leadership role with the CRDA, David works closely with the region’s top business, academic and political leaders to shape and execute a comprehensive regional economic development strategy. He also leads the organization’s day-to-day efforts, and is directly involved with global business development and global marketing initiatives.
David has been with the CRDA since its inception, serving as the organization’s executive vice president and project director before being named president and CEO in 2000. A Certified Economic Development professional, he maintains a comprehensive awareness of current issues in economic development, thanks in part to affiliations with the International Economic Development Council and as past president of the S.C. Economic Developers Association. He has also held professional economic development and industrial marketing positions in Atlanta and Savannah.
David grew up in the Atlanta area, and holds a degree in economics and international business from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also studied abroad at the London School of Economics. He and his wife, Jean, live in Mount Pleasant with their two children.
Councilmember Virginia Korte began her second term on the Scottsdale City Council in January 2017.
She has an extensive background in business and non-profit management as well as community service. In 1981 she joined her family business (Ray Korte Chevrolet) to work with and learn from her father where she served in various roles until becoming general manager and dealer in 1991.
After selling the dealership in 1998, Virginia was hired as a biology professor at Scottsdale Community College and became their first CNUW (Center for Native & Urban Wildlife) Executive Director, serving until 2002.
In 1996, Virginia was named to the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 2002, she was hired as President and CEO. Virginia left the Chamber in 2008 to take on another challenge where she served as President and CEO of Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) until 2014. She currently serves as a member of the board for Arizona Town Hall and BUSS (Business United for Scottsdale Schools).
Throughout her time in Scottsdale, Virginia has also served on a wide variety of volunteer boards and committees focused on serving the community.
On January 6, 2015, Gina M. Raimondo became the 75th Governor of Rhode Island and the state’s first female governor. During her time in office, Governor Raimondo has kick-started the state’s economy and created thousands of jobs. Rhode Island’s unemployment rate—the highest in the country during her first campaign for governor—is now in line with the national average and the lowest it’s been in three decades. She’s made record investments in infrastructure, education and job training. Under her leadership, Rhode Island became the fourth state in the country to offer tuition-free community college to every high school graduate.
Before becoming Governor, Governor Raimondo served as Rhode Island’s General Treasurer. She has a background in venture capital and holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Yale. She and her husband Andy live in Providence with their two kids, Ceci and Tommy, and their rescue dog, Sparky.
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg spent much of his career as a businessman and entrepreneur–a family legacy that began with the opening of his great-great-grandfather’s corner grocery store at St. Phillip and Wentworth streets in 1867. Mayor Tecklenburg founded Southern Oil Company in 1978, which he successfully owned and operated for nearly 20 years. Upon selling the business, he was appointed to serve as Director of Economic Development for the City of Charleston, where he helped lead the revitalization of Upper King Street.
Mayor Tecklenburg holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he pursued his lifelong passion for music and jazz. Since becoming mayor in 2016, Mayor Tecklenburg has been committed to improving citizens’ quality of life and making Charleston a city of opportunity for all.
Among his efforts to improve city-wide livability, Mayor Tecklenburg has paid particular attention to flooding and drainage relief, appointing the city’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer, and beginning the process of implementing the City of Charleston Flooding & Sea Level Rise Strategy, which outlines actions designed to make the city more resilient to effects of increased disasters and changing weather.
Mayor Tecklenburg has also led initiatives to address housing affordability and homelessness in Charleston. These have included the closing of Tent City, a sprawling homeless encampment that had developed in our North Central neighborhood, and the formation of the Mayors’ Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, which works to develop a long-term regional approach to these challenges.
In addition, he has championed Plan West Ashley, the largest, most comprehensive renewal and revitalization effort in our city’s history. Modeled after the successful Downtown Revitalization Commission of the 1970s and 1980s, the West Ashley Revitalization Commission is working directly with citizens to implement Plan West Ashley, which will guide the area’s development for years to come.
Mayor Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy are the proud parents of five grown children – Melissa, Suzanne, Paula, Joseph, and John Henry. They reside in the Old Windermere section of West Ashley.
Jonathan has 35 years of industry experience as a securities analyst, having covered virtually every equity sector over the course of his career. His experience extends beyond traditional equity research to include analysis of fixed income, convertibles, options, and derivatives. In addition, Jonathan is experienced in capital structure arbitrage and short selling.
Jonathan is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and holds FINR series 7, 24, 66, 86, and 87 licenses. Jonathan is a member of both the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Jonathan holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. in Finance and Corporate Accounting from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
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- 6:00PM-7:00PM Welcome Reception
- 7:00PM-8:30PM Programming
- 8:30PM-9:00PM Special musical performance by Matt Nakoa