RI's Innovative Future



Laurie White - President - Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce



Laurie White is Chief staff executive for Rhode Island's largest business association and economic development foundation.  The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business in Rhode Island. Focused on pro-business advocacy and activism, the innovation economy, knowledge economy start-ups, small and middle market business development, relevant business connections and advanced professional education.



Kathleen Malin - VP Technology & Operations - RI Foundation



Kathleen Malin is an experienced Vice President Technology Operations with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy industry. Skilled in Event Planning, Organizational Development, Higher Education, Community Outreach, and Editing. Strong operations professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Strategic Leadership from New England College.



Maureen Bourdreau - Director Healthcare Technology Center - Johnson & Johnson



Maureen Bourdreau's specialties are in Web Application Development, Solution Architecture, Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Data Science, Technical Management and Executive Management. I am a registered developer for both iPhone and Android applications. 

Spending several years implementing visionary business concepts using appropriate technologies - as the Developer, Architect, Manager, Director or VP. I am comfortable coding, developing solutions or mentoring individuals to proceed in their career paths. 

J&J is caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. Our Family of Companies comprises: The world’s premier consumer health company. The world’s largest and most diverse medical devices company. The world’s third-largest biologics company. And the world’s sixth-largest pharmaceuticals company. We have more than 250 operating companies in 57 countries employing 120,200 people. Our worldwide headquarters is in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.


Twitter: @JNJNews



Desiree Harpel - Education & Workforce Development Coordinator - RI Commerce Corporation



Desiree Harpel conducts research on policies, programs, and approaches relating to economic and workforce development. She also manages several education projects, many of which involve the P-TECH initiative.

Before joining Commerce Corporation, Desiree worked at the Office of Innovation as research consultant to help broaden the participation of under-served populations in computer science as part of the CS4RI initiative.  Desiree has a Masters in Evolutionary Biology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Science Education and Society.


Twitter: @CommerceRI


LinkedIn: @desiree Harpel


Facebook: @CommerceRI



Rajiv Kumar, MD - President/Chief Medical Officer - Virgin Pulse



Rajiv Kumar launched a community non-profit organization (Shape Up Rhode Island) and a for-profit company (ShapeUp), and dedicated his life to helping people reverse and prevent obesity-related illnesses through group behavior change models.  Our goal is to build the largest online social application that connects people around the world to improve their health.

Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, designs technology that cultivates good lifestyle habits for your employees. Configured to complement your culture, our technology, and the overall well-being experience we deliver, drives superior outcomes for your people and your business.  We take those values to heart at Virgin Pulse. We drive more meaningful habits, for more employees, than anyone else. And we’re proud to say we’re changing lives.


Twitter: @RajivKumarMD


LinkedIn: @Rajiv Kumar


Facebook: @VirginPulse



Walter Callender - Managing Partner  - Practico Innovation



Walter Callender is the Founder and Managing Partner of Práctico Innovation--a private company that discovers and invests in Rhode Island technology companies with ingenious ideas in under-represented communities. In four years the company has discovered and invested in 15 companies in the State.  His strategy and technology work with both startups and corporations began in the 1990's. As a partner and member of the founding team at Plural, he lead the growth and development of the multi--million dollar software consultancy at its NY headquarters and the development of the strategy practice when the firm was acquired by Dell. 

As the Founder of C2 Strategy, his advisory firm has counseled both Fortune 100 and portfolio companies of venture and private equity backed firms for product development, audience engagement and channel adoption for over 15 years.  He was also one of the Founding Board members of Probononet, a national legal services technology nonprofit which provides access to justice and support to low income individuals, law firms, advocate groups and legal organizations via online and emerging technologies. 

He is currently an advisory board member of several technology companies including MindMeet and Vitae Industries. He is a graduate of Columbia Business School and Dartmouth College.


Twitter: @PracticoTeam



Ravi Kumar - President - COO - Infosys



Ravi Kumar is Chief Delivery Officer, and heads the (180K+ employee and 9Bn$+) global delivery organization at Infosys. The Global delivery organization of Infosys cuts across all Industry segments across geographies spanning Application Development and Maintenance, Engineering Services, Digital transformation, Enterprise Package Application Services, Cloud & Infrastructure Services, Center for emerging technologies, Independent Validation Services, Business Process Outsourcing and Business Intelligence & Analytics

Additionally Ravi is Chairman of the Board- Infosys China, Responsibility of Japan and China Geography Units, Member of the Board - Infosys BPO, Member of the Board-Infosys Lodestone, Member of the Board- Infosys Public Services, Member of the Board-McCamish Systems, an Infosys company


Twitter: @imravikumars


LinkedIn: @Infosys


Facebook: @Infosys