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Brandi Heather Speaker and Workshops

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Brandi Heather B.Ed., M.A.

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my experience

from professor to play maker

Known for humor, a powerful energy and 25+ years of experience as a College Professor and Therapeutic Play Specialist (fancy designation for play nerds), my passion lies in driving innovation, inclusion and productivity in the caring workforce by tackling fatigue, burnout, disengagement and disconnection because I have been there.

I am an expert educator with 25 years of experience in adult education, human services and disability inclusion I move people to get curious and return to play.

I hold a Master's Degree in Physical Education, a Bachelor of Education in Special Education, a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University, and Advanced Certification in Play Therapy.

Recognized for my contributions and leadership in the field, I am a four-time nominee for The Women's Entrepreneurship Award and a 2024 Nominee for the RBC Women of Influence Award. 

In 2021my first book Return To Play: Rebuilding Resilience, Risk and Reconnection, became a best-seller in Educational Leadership and Inclusive Education.

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Revealing the secrets to workplace mental health, employee experience, inclusion, and innovation.

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Providing consulting and special projects in all of the following areas:

  • Employee Engagement

  • Play Strategy and Training

  • Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Author + Podcaster

Knowledge is best shared! 

If you have been wondering "why play?", or "how can play create change?" the answers are shared here:

The Brave Three

Everything that lasts is built from the inside out.

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Brave Me


Brave me explores the individual, diverse strengths and gifts of each person in your organization and uncovers what makes them feel included, valued, motivated and playful. 

Brave Us


Bravely share your diverse strengths and talents with the people you work with and for every day. Discover that sharing those improves trust and authentic collaboration and decreases feelings of isolation and disconnection.

Brave Community


Discover how to reach your organizational goals by implementing the first two steps in your employee wellness, recruitment, onboarding, retention and customer service strategy.

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Can play be the answer to some of our most significant and complex social challenges of the 21st Century?

No one cures cancer, solves environmental challenges, or builds inclusion without the ability to play in the unknown and unexplored. Play gives us the inspiration and courage to confront, “what do we do when no one has the answer?”

Join me on this journey as I show you that play is worth risking a little of yourself to become more yourself in the process.

It’s time to return to play.

Beandi Heather's book Return to Play




my clients include

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Alberta Health Services logo
Kansas School Counselor Association
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