Published 06/09/16

Kati Machtley recognized by Smithfield School District

Kati Machtley, co-founder and director of the Women’s Summit®, was recently honored by Smithfield school leaders with the 2016 Partnership Award. The annual honor is given to a community partner who has made a difference in the Smithfield school district.

In March, Mrs. Machtley, wife of Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley, directed the 19th Annual Women’s Summit that featured workshop sessions on business, communication, financial empowerment, diversity, health, and more, and a slate of inspiring keynote speakers.

“It is so important to give young people the opportunity to learn and be inspired to reach their potential."

The Summit sells out every year, lately within the first 12 hours that registration opens, but Machtley provides complimentary tickets for 10 Smithfield high school students and three staff members.

“It is so important to give young people the opportunity to learn and be inspired to reach their potential,” says Machtley. “The accomplished women who speak and present at the Women’s Summit demonstrate that success is achievable and adversity can make you strong.” Machtley also cites the importance of role models in the lives of students.

Among this year’s keynote speakers was Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott. Struck by shrapnel from the second of two bombs, Abbott went on to start the Heather Abbott Foundation to help provide customized prostheses to amputees. She is also a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition.

Machtley came to Bryant in 1996 and, since then, has been recognized with numerous awards and citations for her work. In addition to the Women’s Summit, she co-founded and chairs the University’s annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast and formerly directed the Angel Tree Project, a prison fellowship ministry that provides holiday gifts to children of inmates. She has also led trips to Italy as part of the Sophomore International Experience. From 2003 to 2008, she co-taught innovative curricular programs to first-year students.

Currently, she is working with YWCA Rhode Island and Amica Insurance to introduce computer coding and STEM – a curriculum based on science, technology, engineering, and math – to middle school girls enrolled in a special program at the Providence YWCA.

Machtley earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in nursing education from the University of Rhode Island. She has taught at Salve Regina University in Newport, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She has also worked as a school nurse/teacher at various public schools in Rhode Island.