Superlatives 2012

Biggest Cheerleaders

The city has no shortage of meet-up groups like Providence Geeks (a monthly dinner for tech talk) and Drinking Liberally (where members talk politics over a pint), but the Providence’s newest …

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The city has no shortage of meet-up groups like Providence Geeks (a monthly dinner for tech talk) and Drinking Liberally (where members talk politics over a pint), but the Providence’s newest – and arguably most enthusiastic – is the PVD Lady Project. Started this year by two young entrepreneurs – Julie Sygiel of Sexy Period (which makes underthings for that time of the month) and Sierra Barter of Clementine Lime (a home organization service) – PVD Lady is a networking event designed to introduce and energize like-minded women in the city who are looking to make connections and make things happen. “Julie and I got together one day last fall and brainstormed the idea,” Barter says. “We wanted a place where women of all backgrounds and industries could get together in an unstuffy, welcoming environment and learn from each other.” June’s Three by Three Brunch at Local 121 featured three-minute presentations by spa owner Alayne White, super-blogger Audrey McClelland (last year’s Biggest Gossip) and West Side State Rep candidate Libby Kimzey. “There are so many great networking events in Providence, but Julie and I both felt something missing for young women, particularly for entrepreneurs,” Barter explains. “So many of our friends are photographers or graphic designers or bloggers. We wanted a place where we could all get together, cheer each other on, and best of all, work with each other.”