Eminence Awards: Keynote Speakers Announced!

Whether or not you casted a ballot for our 11th Annual Eminence Awards, you can still celebrate the success of our local businesses, volunteers, and community. This lunchtime ceremony will feature two keynote speakers, both women who have helped shape Providence, Rhode Island into the cultural destination it is today. Come recognize those who do as much for Nashua and register today.

Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Sky Meadow Country Club
6 Mountain Laurels Drive Nashua
Price: $30 for members, $40 for non-members

Register Here.

Martha Sheridan

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Martha Sheridan is president and CEO of the Providence Convention & Visitors Bureau. In her role she leads an organization whose mission is to create vibrant growth for the local hospitality economy by promoting, developing, and expanding a united visitor industry. She oversees all day to day operations at the Providence CVB, leading a staff of 20 professionals.

Sheridan has over 20 years experience in destination marketing. Prior to her current position she served as Vice President of Sales at the Newport County (RI) Convention and Visitors Bureau.

​Sheridan is the recipient of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association’s (RIHA) Mary Brennan Tourism Award for outstanding achievement in tourism promotion and in 2010 was named RIHA Woman of the Year. She is also the recipient of the MPINE President’s Award and the MPINE Supplier of the Year Award.

She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and lives in Wakefield, RI, with her husband, Arthur and three children.

Lynne McCormack


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Lynne McCormack serves as the Director of Art, Culture + Tourism for the City of Providence, Rhode Island. In her 14-year tenure as a city arts administrator she has moved through the ranks, from production coordinator to a trusted member of the mayor’s cabinet. Since assuming the director position in 2006, Lynne has successfully transitioned the agency from an office of cultural affairs to a community and economic development model. She forged a series of partnerships that have resulted in a destination branding campaign, a summer workforce development program for youth, citywide arts festivals and increased funding for artists and organizations through CDBG, HUD, transit and city economic development funds.
A leader in community engagement, Lynne and her staff spearheaded a cultural planning process that included over 2,500 participants and was endorsed by the city council as part of the city’s comprehensive plan. Serving four mayors, Lynne is keenly aware of the power of engaging political leadership in creative placemaking. She is privileged to serve in a city where outstanding arts organizations are truly recognized and supported by city government. This work was recently highlighted in the NEA publication, Creative Placemaking.
Lynne is regularly invited to speak about the City of Providence’s cultural infrastructure at conferences across the country. She has received numerous awards for her work including special recognition from the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island (2007) and the Stars of the Industry Award from the Rhode Island Hospitality Association (2008). She is a member of the Mayor’s Economic Development Cabinet and serves on the board of the Providence-Warwick Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Ms. McCormack earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.​

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