Betsy Fine had reached the point in her life when it was time to make a change. Sick of working in an office cubicle, the Cumberland resident attended the Bryant University Women’s Summit. There, said Fine, the inspiration to make that change came. “I got ideas from women who had a dream and found a way to do it.”
Fine’s dream was to start her own art studio. Armed with a new sense that she could do anything in business that she put her mind to – and a few tips for actually starting her own business – Fine quit her office job and set out to make her dream a reality.
In the four years since, Fine has found success running her Betsy Cameron Fine Studio out of her home. She makes elaborate, hand-sculpted vases that can be used functionally, or more often than not, simply as a decorative sculpture. Her pieces are now being shown in several galleries and art shows. Fine traces her success back to the Women’s Summit.
“The women that attend keep learning new things,” she said. “It helps us do what we do better.”
Held on March 15, the 2012 Bryant University Women’s Summit marked the 15th anniversary of the event, which provides women in business with an opportunity to network, attend workshops, be recognized for their work in the business world, and hear keynote speakers who are particularly successful or inspirational women. This year’s event was the most successful to date, with more than 1,100 attendees.
The growing success of the summit has put it at the forefront of a movement. Opportunities for women in business to attend forums, workshops, support groups, and award events continue to grow in the region. There are events hosted by politicians, chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations and media outlets. Providence Business News will celebrate its annual Business Women awards at a luncheon on May 31.