Carriuolo honored as a ‘Woman of Achievement’ by YWCA

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, third from right, was among those honored by the YWCA on Sept. 27 at the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln.<br> (Photo: Northern YWCA)

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, third from right, was among those honored by the YWCA on Sept. 27 at the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln.
(Photo: Northern YWCA)

Described as an “unassuming and ubiquitous” recipient by event host Deb Ruggiero, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo was presented with a 2011 YWCA Woman of Achievement award at a luncheon held on Sept. 27 at the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln.

Carriuolo was one of 11 women recognized for her accomplishments to promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity.

In her acceptance of the award, Carriuolo acknowledged the many RIC women who distinguish themselves as exemplary faculty and staff members.


RIC Professor Maureen Reddy, left, talks with RIC President Nancy Carriuolo and Sue Pearlmutter, dean of RIC's School of Social Work, at the YWCA luncheon.
Carriuolo also noted in the award program that the first “truly powerful woman” she knew was the late Eleanor McMahon, RIC’s first female academic vice president and later the state’s first commissioner of higher education. She credited McMahon as a mentor and the person who recommended her for a position in the Office of Higher Education.

“I learned from watching Eleanor that successful CEOs share their power with women who are leaders in their own divisions or units,” Carriuolo recalled. “As a result, the collective leadership works together to fulfill the organization’s potential. I have carried that idea of shared power into my role as president of Rhode Island College.”

In addition to Carriuolo, other award winners included local business woman and activist Betty Adler; Marcia Cone, founding director of the Women’s Fund of R.I.; Joan Countryman, former head of Lincoln School and head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa; Gigi DiBello, head of the Sophia Academy; Deborah Gist, R.I. commissioner of elementary and secondary education; Jodi Glass, audiologist and community activist; Carolyn Mark, president of the R.I. chapter of the National Organization for Women (RI NOW); R.I. General Treasurer Gina Raimondo; Joyce Stevos, a leader in social studies and education reform; and Circuit Court Judge for the First Circuit Court of Appeals, O. Rogeriee Thompson.

Women of Achievement awards are nationally recognized, and bring attention to the accomplishments of women in industry, culture, and public service in local communities.