The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty hosts its seventh annual conference on May 13 from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Rhode Island College’s Donovan Dining Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. This year’s conference theme is “Growing an Economy That Works for All Rhode Islanders.”

The conference’s special guest keynote speaker is Rev. Sekinah Hamlin, director of The Ecumenical Poverty Initiative in Washington, D.C. In addition to the keynote, the conference will feature a Faith Breakfast Study, various faith and advocacy workshops, and a Q-and-A with Hamlin.

Tickets are $25 per person and include breakfast. Register and purchase tickets online at

The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty organizes Rhode Island’s faith community to connect the common threads of faith and tradition in order to build awareness of, advocate for, accompany and empower poor communities.

Brooke GermanBrooke German“It was a happy accident,” Brooke German said as she recollected the moments between growing up in Providence and working in the fashion industry in Manhattan.

The George Washington University alum began her career with several political internships focused in communications and public relations. However, upon deciding to move to New York, German found herself in the lifestyle sector of public relations and in love with the endless opportunities New York provides.

“I was able to blend my skill set with my desire to be on the forefront of trends,” she said. “Once I dug my heels in, I knew fashion was my sweet spot because it afforded me the opportunity to conceptualize partnerships and programs that touch other creative sectors.”

Some pieces of Rogol’s design.Some pieces of Rogol’s design.Abby Rogol is a study in opposites. At first glance, you might assume that she’s a bit of a rebel – someone who’s not afraid to throw on a jean vest or paint her lips with bright lipstick that’s probably called Tangerine Tango. But then she’ll buy you a tea, despite your insistence that you’re fine, and offer you some of her banana (who knew Starbucks sells fruit?), and you will begin to understand her essence. The hip vibe of an artist complements her smart, considerate and articulate manner. Yet, despite her friendly and garrulous nature, she loves her somewhat solitary job – that of a jewelry designer.


StatePoint – Spring is in the air and whether you’ll be enjoying the sunshine or traveling on an outdoor adventure, your accessories should match your lifestyle.

Here are three great ways to gear up for a season of outdoor fun.

Sleek shades

Defend your eyes from the sun with a great pair of shades that feature both UVA and UVB protection. Test several pairs of lenses with visual contrast in mind, as you won’t want to sacrifice your depth perception when you’re playing sports or out on a nature hike.

Shades of blue at Clad in. /PHOTOS | IRINA MISSIUROShades of blue at Clad in. /PHOTOS | IRINA MISSIUROFashion is a conundrum. It changes constantly. By the time you figure out what’s in style, it’s already out. Except black and white – that’s always in. So, when you see a particularly enchanting dress on that sale rack, beware that it’s past its expiration date. Yet, if you are willing to wait, you and your wallet will be rewarded – since fashion is cyclical, the trend will reappear sooner or later.

If, however, you are a creature of the moment, you might be used to the dilemma familiar to all fashionistas – should you splurge on a piece of clothing that will become irrelevant in no time?

The trick is to find items that have some elements of the trend while maintaining a classy and timeless look.