Mom – Connector – Philanthropist
Ting Barnard’s journey to a better life began in 1981 in the Mekong River. She was carried by her father on his back as he swam through the icy water. Each stroke took them further from conflict in her native Laos and closer to freedom.
Clutching her father, the duo departed the water in Thailand and soon waved down the helicopter they would soon board for their journey to America. They arrived in the United States with absolutely nothing, but the clothes on their backs and hope for a better life.
Ting Barnard was just a year old.
A Laotian refugee who grew up watching her parents struggle to educate and provide for four children, Ting now measures her own success by the help she offers to her community.
When Ting was dropped off at Boston University to start her freshman year, her belongings stuffed in black garbage bags, she was determined to succeed. After graduation, she landed a job on Wall Street and used her first bonus to buy computers for the Center for Southeast Asians in Providence.
Today, she is the owner of a creative studio in Providence where she focuses on “connecTing” and “collaboraTing” by listening, learning and sharing stories through marketing and storytelling.
Helping others is her passion.
Ting is making an impact as a board member of Leadership Rhode Island, StyleWeek and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. She also assists several local nonprofits, including Year Up Rhode Island, Lincoln School, Children’s Friend and Sophia Academy.
A mom of a pre-teen daughter and wife to her award-winning creative partner, Ian, she is a lover of food and family.
Why is Papitto Opportunity Connection and its mission of bettering the BIPOC communities so important to you?
“I can’t sleep at night knowing someone is hungry, knowing people are in need. I want to make sure people are able to have an opportunity to do their best and have a platform to get to where they need to go. That’s why POC is so important.”