Workshop Speakers: Round Five
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Founder, half full, llc.
Rebecca L. Twitchell, Founder of half full, llc, is passionate about connecting people and complements any strategic plan with a touch of creativity. Rebecca aspires to live each day as optimistically and realistically as possible. Her story is the backbone behind why half full exists. Go ahead and shake her hand, and ask for the left one. A graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University and the University of California San Diego, Rebecca partnered with two colleagues to form half full, llc in 2004 – a company inspired by several years of strategic planning and facilitation for the clients they served. After acquiring half full from her partners in 2009, Rebecca enhanced the mission of the company to strengthen its commitment to corporate social responsibility. She is known for her facilitation style, problem solving techniques and keen ability to adapt and plow through any issues that may affect any of her clients locally, throughout the U.S. and globally (Africa being a favorite).
Rebecca is also a Community Partner Faculty Member at the Providence College Feinstein Institute of Public Service and can be found belting out the latest tunes in her car in between client appointments.
Event Manager, half full, llc.
Mary Alice O’Connor joined the half full team full-time after lending her event planning and facilitation talents as a consultant for the past three years. Mary Alice has spent the last decade in the nonprofit field, serving primarily in development and communications roles. In her current role, she provides support with events: managing the 400 space, coordinating workshops, galas and other special events, and overseeing half full's database and communication systems.
While her passion is event planning, Mary Alice also has a special place in her heart for national service as she served two terms as an AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader and an AmeriCorps VISTA member before leading and coordinating the Rhode Island Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA grant program for four years. A graduate of Providence College, Mary Alice also co-teaches classes through the Public and Community Service Department. In her spare time, she enjoys driving cross country, playing fetch with her pitbull Sydney, and training for her next bike race.
Kirsten is the founder of ROSA GOLD, an eCommerce company, that she started on the side, with a $200 embroidery machine in her tiny Hoboken apartment. It's now a thriving business, that prides itself in giving back to other women around the globe. She's been graciously featured in Women@Forbes, Side Hustle School, eCommerce Magazine and recently served as a member of the US Delegation at GES 2017. When she's not working (ha!) she loves yoga-ing, book-clubbing and searching far and wide for NYC's best chocolate chip cookie (So far... it's at Maman)
Market Activation Manager, HiRoad Insurance
Kayla Drozd leads marketing at HiRoad, a new behavior-based insurance company that launched in Rhode Island this year. Though the following background won't scream "mindfulness expert" she's experimented with a number of practices to help her become more mindful and focused in a realistic way for a hustlin' lady's life.
Her background is in marketing, consumer research, and strong attempts at spreading kindness and social good in the process. Prior to HiRoad, she was at State Farm Insurance helping grow their understanding and engagement with millennial audiences. After working on the launch of their social media presence and a variety of integrated national marketing efforts, she led research at Next Door Chicago, a cafe and co-working space focused on financial education and learning about customer needs. Her philosophy is centered on empathy, connection, and two-way value. At HiRoad, she is leading the brand and culture development on the ground across all things market activation.
Currently living in Portland, Oregon- Kayla is an outdoor enthusiast and is bicoastal with about half of her time in Providence.
Member Lead Strategist, SoFi
Alexandra Dickinson is a career and negotiation expert. She is a membership strategy lead at SoFi and a contributing writer at Women@Forbes. Prior to joining SoFi, she was founder and CEO of a negotiation training and coaching company called Ask For It. She has spoken at organizations like UN Women, Columbia Business School and Facebook, and her work has been highlighted in places like CNBC, New York Magazine and The Muse.
Founder and CEO, Peach
Janet Kraus is the founder and CEO of Peach, a lifestyle brand with a mission to help women "elevate their everyday" and thrive personally and professionally. Peach offers contemporary and comfortable apparel for gym, work and play. Kraus is a Harvard Business school professor, teaching entrepreneurship to students. Previously, Kraus co-founded and sold two companies in the high-end travel and leisure industry: Spire and Circles. An angel investment and startup advisor, Kraus and the companies she has led or advised have been profiled in the WSJ, Fortune, Fortune Small Business and New York Times. Kraus is a recipient of Boston's 40 Under 40 and a finalist of Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. Janet received a B.A. degree from Yale and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and 11 year old daughter twins.
Salt + Slate, Strategic Wellness for Women
Dr. Wendy O'Connor is a Stanford-trained Clinical Psychologist and Wellness Strategist for women. She is the founder of Salt + Slate, Strategic Wellness for Women, which runs a 6-week life mapping intensive called Your Life By Design™. Take the reins, get unstuck, and create a purposeful and fulfilling life with an accountability partner by your side.
Founder, Spanish Works
Rebecca Rhoads is the former President of Providence Toastmasters, part of an international public speaking organization. Rebecca works to empower people to identify, track, and achieve their goals. She is also founder of Spanish Works where she translates and interprets for businesses who want to communicate across cultures. Rebecca previously taught Spanish at the University of Rhode Island and is currently growing her business and leading workshops for the Center for Women and Enterprise. Rebecca enjoys international travel and recently traveled to Cuba and Spain. When you see Rebecca at the conference today, tell her which UNESCO Centre is in Granada, Spain and she'll teach you a fun saying in Spanish!