The PVD Lady Project connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things in Providence.

The PVD Lady Project is a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island. The group hosts monthly events in Providence’s most fabulous places, including The Dorrance, Local 121 and The Providence Athenaeum, where women can connect, get inspired and learn about what other awesome women are doing in the Creative Capital.

Each event benefits a local charity or organization that is either run by women or benefits women in our community. Past organizations have included the Girl Scouts of RI, Sojourner House, Girls on the Run RI and YWCA of Northern RI.

Monthly PVD Lady Project events feature the PVD 3×3- three local women of different backgrounds, industries and career levels share their story in three minutes. Past speakers have included Martha Sheridan (CEO and President of the PWCVB), Audrey McClelland (Mom Generation and Lifetime Moms) and Karen Beebe (owner of Queen of Hearts & Modern Love).

And, of course, there is plenty of time at each event to connect and mingle with your fellow PVD lady!

The PVD Lady Project was named “Biggest Cheerleaders” in the 2012 Superlative Issue of Providence Monthly. Also, we were named “Best Niche Networking event” by Rhode Island Monthly in July 2012.

The PVD Lady Project started in late 2011 by two driven PVD ladies- Julie Sygiel of Dear Kate and Sierra Barter of @SierraBarter Social Media Consulting. Together, they envisioned an “Old Boy’s Club” for fabulous women in The Creative Capital to network, connect with other like-minded ladies and to do so over a glass of champagne.


Sierra hails from Hubertus, Wisconsin and came to PVD to attend Johnson & Wales University. With her degree in Advertising & Marketing Communications, Sierra worked for WaterFire Providence and a small web firm before joining her alma mater as a Social Media Coordinator. Sierra also runs her own social media consulting business, @SierraBarter, serves on the board of both the Summit Neighborhood Association and Girls on the Run RI and volunteers with PAWS New England.

Sierra is a self-proclaimed “crazy dog lady” and enjoys Providence’s array of food trucks, reading design blogs, and  yoga. Sierra lives on the East Side with her boyfriend and two pups, Lucky and Lucy.

Co-Founder/Managing Partner

Originally a Southern Belle from Kentucky, Julie moved to RI in 2005 to study Chemical Engineering at Brown University. Discovering her knack for business in an entrepreneurship class, Julie founded Dear Kate, both startups that make performance underthings for women. Julie enjoys being a self-proclaimed feminist, thrifting at vintage stores, and philosophical discussions.

Sierra and Julie met in 2011 at a Dear Kate Spa Party and they’ve been buds and business partners ever since.

Julie moved to NYC in the summer of 2013 and is still a Managing Partner of PVD Lady Project.

Creative Consult

Born and raised in Providence, Kate graduated from Rhode Island College with her degree in Graphic Arts. Kate knows everything there is to know about Rhode Island and can tell you where to go and how do it in the Ocean State- including the best beach, where to get the best chowda, and the back-way to the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Kate loves eating her way around Providence, running and a good joke. Kate is in charge of all special projects for Lady Project including mentor love letters, fun Bingo cards and more. Kate also runs her own letterpress and graphic design studio, Featherweight Printing and organizes the Run with Ro events.