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The Bright Star Award recognizes an individual with increasing influence and impact in the workforce development field. This award honors individuals who are actively strengthening their position as a skills training champion and expanding their leadership within NSC’s network through state and/or federal level-advocacy.   


2024 award winner:

Anita Bruno
Executive Director, Rhode Island Women in the Trades

A tradeswoman, Anita has dedicated her career to ensuring women have access to skills training and employment opportunities that lead to quality career pathways in the construction industry. Since 2019, she has led Rhode Island Women in the Trades with a mission to educate, organize, and expand the state's current and future supply of tradeswomen, including unemployed and underemployed women, single mothers, women of color, and LGBTQ plus. Anita oversees the organization’s pre-apprenticeship program, which recruits and trains women for careers in construction. She also oversees advocacy efforts targeting investments and policies that benefit women in the trades. In 2023, Rhode Island Women in the Trades received funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand their training program. Anita has lent her expertise to NSC’s federal advocacy as the Rhode Island delegation lead at the 2023 and 2024 Skills Summit.

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