Motivated by several years of business know how and how "not" to, the half full story began when the original founders of the company were drawn together by a mutual desire to utilize an optimistic and common sense approach to help companies achieve goals perceived as impossible. Through the half full experience, companies and individuals not only saw how easy it was to stay focused and achieve their strategic goals, but how to do so in a positive and thoughtful way. By "Facilitating the How," half full's goal remains to help orchestrate the path for success for any individual, team or organization looking to move ahead.
half full strives to always have the means to give
half full strives to help teams and individuals overcome obstacles in the way of their perceived impossible
half full strives to do well and do good
meet our team
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.
adewole t. akinbi
Adewole T. Akinbi (Wole) is a facilitator at half full, llc, who oversees the Youth Development side of the business, planning, and recruiting teenagers for half full Forwards. Wole is a lifelong resident of Providence and a Rhode Island native. He has a strong passion for youth development and public speaking.
A graduate of both the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, Wole's commitment to RI is clear and he credits his success to his adult mentors.
Wole has a long track record of community involvement across the city: from working alongside leaders as he received training in Kingian Nonviolence to educating Providence residents on sustainable energy and protecting non-renewable resources. In addition, he is a member of Unified Solutions, a citywide nonprofit group that works with underprivileged families in Providence. Wole is a founding member of the Smith Hill Partners’ Initiative (SHPI), a group of stakeholders in the Smith Hill section of Providence. SHPI’s objective is to improve the quality of life in Smith Hill by providing quality resources to residents who live in the neighborhood.
mary alice O'connor
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.
Born and raised in Lawrence, MA, Leslie Torres is a compassionate, people-driven, student of the world who is most energized by helping others achieve their goals and overcome their obstacles.
It wasn’t until Leslie started off her college career at Providence College in 2015 that she realized her love for the school, the city of Providence, and the beautiful diversity among the people here. She wanted to know the community that she would be living in for at least the next four years a bit better. In the summer before her sophomore year, she had the wonderful opportunity to work one-on-one with community members, leaders, and youth in her role as a community outreach liaison.
Leslie is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Management as she strives to find ways to unite community and business.
Leslie helps to organize and facilitate half full's Youth Forwards. For her, these breakthrough conversations and experiences are things that only reinforce her life’s goals and half full’s mission. Leslie eagerly awaits the next Youth Forwards for many more years to come and is excited for the future of half full and all that it has to offer youth and adults alike.
Nathalie Ventura joined half full as an intern to lend her marketing talents to the half full team. She is currently attending Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI, as a Biology major. From brainstorming ideas to support the business, to connecting with kids in the Youth Forward program, to completing administrative projects around the office, Nathalie's contributions help half full move forward.
When she's not at the half full office or in class, you can find her out and about in Providence, listening to the latest bands at music festivals and concerts. Nathalie's other interests include exploring local food joints around Rhode Island along with spending time with family, close friends, and her cats!