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workshops & certificates

for a thriving workforce

play together to stay togther

for progressive + innovative organizations ready for something new! 

Each captivating employee workshop experience is designed to inspire leaders and participants to uncover innovative solutions hidden in their workplaces, staff members and resources. What can a single day (or week-long immersive experience) do for your organization? These innovative and immersive employee workshop experiences are changing the game for organizations from the inside out!

Results you can count on:
  • Higher participation, inclusion and contribution 

  • Increased productivity, profit and innovation

  • Greater retention, loyalty and resiliency 

  • Reduced turnover, attrition and absenteeism 

  • Creative, energized and adaptive teams.

Best suited for:

These workshops are sought out by Supervisors, Managers, Human Resource Representatives, Educators, Team Leaders, Employee Health and Wellness Teams, Onboarding and Recruitment Teams, Entrepreneurs,  and Associations. Each workshop is personalized to meet your organization's goals and values. 

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what participants say": 

"The best part of the course was learning through play, opening myself up to everything you had to offer. I was able to learn so much from you. "

"The effects of this work are long-lasting. This program changes how we see ourselves first and then challenges us to address our own process every day. This is no canned program; it feels like it was built just for us" 

“We tackled subjects that can seem hard, but they didn’t feel that way. Great session with a perfect mix of hands-on learning!” 

Kinesthetic learning in the purest form! Where were your philosophies when I was a kid? I learned so much from you, and there is no doubt in my mind that the kids will learn from me and so on. Your program is one of a kind! 

“Opened my mind to personal reflection and team diversity. I will think more before I act, especially when considering other working styles and frames.”  

productivity & innovation

workshops

Cultivating Creative Connections: Empowering Innovation and Well-Being In The Workplace 

Inclusion & Innovation Begin With "I": Improving Workplace Culture

In the world of caring professionals where unpredictability is the only constant and solutions are expected faster than instant coffee, professionals might find themselves longing for a pause button. Enter Brandi Heather, no magic wand or superficial pep talk, something far more powerful: humor, insight and licence to find our playful self again. She's here to remind caring professionals that amidst the chaos of back-to-back emergencies and the art of pulling miracles out of thin air, they've forgotten to administer a crucial dose of self-care and compassion—to themselves. Spend the day in an experience that will not only recharge your professional batteries but might also leave you wondering if the real secret to healthcare innovation was hiding in plain sight, in the laughter shared between the chaos. Brandi will share her science-based signature strategy for uncovering and harnessing your unique strengths and talents and increasing your ability to see it in others. This workshop will provide you with insights into the science of creativity and play and how it can transform the way you care for yourself, connect with your colleagues, and tackle complex challenges with fresh perspectives and innovation. Rekindle your sense of playfulness and passion and learn practical strategies for personal and collaborative resilience.

If declining sales, staff retention and toxic office politics are filling up your calendar, you’ve probably got a bad case of a creativity and connection-starved workplace. Employees who lack a sense of belonging are 313% more likely to quit and 176% more likely to search for another job (Inc. June 2022) –costing you valuable staffing resources AND setting team goals back. The worst part? The problem will keep getting worse before it gets better. I offer organizations a clearcut model that can be used to bring back a valuable sense of inclusion and innovation through my “Brave Me, Brave Us, Brave Business” approach –which turns individual strengths into team-wide superpowers. Organizations rely on this model to help them adapt employee wellness, recruitment, onboarding, retention and customer service strategies in powerful ways.

Lack of energy, collaboration and communication could be the result of feeling disconnected, burned out, or craving connection. Let's help to reignite the best in your people and create a connected workplace.

workshops

embracing authenticity

Living to a level of perfection leaves us feeling depleted, anxious and stressed. Find out how to embrace your team's authenticity to foster an environment that inspires, and sparks creativity and innovation, while embracing uniqueness and connection.

Recognize Authenticity: Understand the crucial role of genuine interactions in fostering a nurturing work environment.

Tackle Fear & Perfectionism:

Overcome barriers that hinder creativity and innovation.

Embrace the Power of Play: Rediscover play as a tool for wellness, teamwork, and inclusion.

Transition from "Show Home" to Innovation Playground: Identify and rectify traits that hold back personal and professional growth.

Foster a Playful, Creative Environment:

Master techniques to bring innovation, inclusivity, and connection to your workplace.

You can't play in a showhome: 
Restore, Retain, and Re-engage Your Caring Workforce

Many people and organizations appear to have everything "in place", like a show home with perfectly placed pillows and fingerprint-free appliances. However, maintaining a show home takes energy, and often causes anxiety and unnecessary stress. The perfect show home is not flexible and open to change, it is pretty to look at but not functional, and it’s certainly not fun. ​ In this interactive full-day workshop we unpack the transformative power of play in human services and healthcare and how understanding the essence of play is pivotal for successful staff recruitment, retention, and re-engagement.

You can't play in a showhome: 
Women in leadership

Navigating the business world, women often grapple with the pressure to maintain a "Show Home" facade—impeccably polished yet stifling their genuine personality and potential. In this impactful keynote, I dive into the transformative power of authenticity and creativity for women in business. Highlighting the pitfalls of perfection and the strength in genuine self-expression, I'll craft a compelling roadmap for women to lead with confidence, embrace their unique strengths, and shatter outdated norms. Through my journey, I'll share some cautionary tales and inspiring insights, emphasizing that true success lies in authenticity, innovation, and meaningful connections to who we really are.

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Play is the greatest untapped, universal human resource we have.

Brandi Heather

healthcare & wellbeing

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Know Your Team, Build Your Team, Keep Your Team  

In a world where the caring workforce tirelessly dedicates themselves to the well-being of others, it is time to shine a light on their needs and aspirations. Reduce fatigue, burnout,  disengagement and disconnection, by finding out what makes them feel included, motivated, connected and capable.  Restore and reengage courage, creativity and connection in your compassionate workforce. Discover key values that will strengthen even the most strained organizations, and set them on course for a new era of taking care of people who take care of people. ​ This eye-opening, high-energy  6 hour workshop leaves participants with actionable strategies that help them build organizations where people are energized and inspired to provide optimal care for others through taking care of themselves.

leaders in human resources

certificate
CPHR Approval

Fostering Multigenerational Innovation, Inclusion, and Agility in the Workplace

Learn to foster innovation, attract diverse talent, and guide employee motivation, while prioritizing your holistic wellbeing. This 21 hour program focuses on promoting adaptable, inclusive workplaces, improving employee engagement, and combating the burnout 98% of HR professionals face, Your Multigenerational Facilitation Team: With 17 years between them and diverse skillset Brandi Heather and Ken King, Founder of Boost Innovation, have presented and facilitated programs and training for sport, education, health, and business for over 10 years. ​ This certificate program is best suited for in-person engagement but can be offered in a hybrid model.  Approved by the Chartered Professional in Human Resources of Alberta for 21 CPD credits. Funding available under the Canada Alberta Job Grant

school & community

workshops

When the people who care for people feel burnt out, uninspired and exhausted this inspiring workshop helps bring back reconnection and show our care workers how to care for themselves to give back more.

“It’s Everyone's Turn”: Creating Disability-Inclusive Programming

Built for Educators, Coaches, Community Sport and Recreation Leaders this workshop delivers a “game-changing” perspective that is helping to create a deeper sense of inclusion and accessible programming in communities across the country.  This workshop leaves participants feeling inspired and ready to empower others through: Addressing common barriers to participation   Providing staff training and knowledge that makes them feel valued and confident Improving the way sport, community, and recreation deliver movement instruction and programming for people of all ages and abilities. Watch membership rates soar, client/staff retention improve and student-based participation reach new heights when everyone feels truly included, valued and considered. What shifts are waiting to happen in your organization, and how will you help set the tone for others in your area?

“Healing Education”: Getting Educators Back in Play

Rejuvenate your teachers, school boards and districts with this highly effective workshop that helps reverse the effects of burnout and exhaustion in our education system. Give your members a renewed sense of energy, resilience, passion and tools for mental well-being by helping them uncover their hidden “play styles” and why it has such an incredible benefit on them, their students and their support staff.  Improve trust, empathy and creativity  Uncover the hidden skills and talents of educators Promote greater educator well-being Encourage play-first learning styles (for everybody!)    This workshop experience gives you all the pieces you need to uncover incredibly impactful (and often overlooked) strengths in your staff members, and show you first-hand strategies to foster spaces of play, innovation and inclusion.

from participants": 

"Brandi Exceeded our expectations, very engaging. She shared useful techniques and strategies that participants could implement. Gave us enough information to reflect on, and activities to do as a group later. Everyone was engaged as we were all in play, in such a big group this is amazing."

Erika Brockmeyer, Regional Management Services- Regional Recruitment Team

Strategic Services Branch-Western Canada and Territories Region

Service Canada / Government of Canada

“Just wanted to provide an update. Take care and again – still seeing the amazing effects of the session – teams gathering to eat (not at desks alone) is one I noticed just today.”

Organizer

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Return to Play

certification

Certification for Before and After School Care, Early Learning and Childcare Professionals, Child and Youth Organizations, Dayhome and Daycare Providers at every level.  Aligned with the FLIGHT Curriculum Framework in Alberta.

Foundations For Diverse,
Inclusive, Play FULL Programming and Instruction Level 1

In this 6 hour certificate program participants explore how play can build inclusive physical literacy and fundamental movement skills for children of all abilities. This RTP certificate provides easy-to-implement principles that make childcare programming more accessible physically, cognitively, and socially. ​

 

Unstructured, Adventure Play, Instruction and Programming Level 1

In this 6-hour introductory certificate program participants explore and recognize the benefits of self-directed, creative, child-led, unstructured play for child development and learning. Unstructured play allows us the freedom to explore, create and discover without predetermined rules or guidelines, but it can be hard in structured spaces. Find your comfort zone for unstructured play while learning how to implement it.

Diverse, Inclusive, PlayFULL Programming Level 2

In this full-day workshop participants learn to utilize their Level 1 knowledge to practice building and adapting their programming to include both challenge and success to meet the needs of every child. Together we explore several methods for modifying equipment, and instruction to meet the physical, cognitive and social needs of children living with disabilities.

Unstructured, Adventure Play, Instruction and Programming Level 2

Level 2 training builds on Level 1 skills and knowledge by helping childcare and education professionals assess, build and practice creating daily and weekly planning that includes safe AND adventurous unstructured play.  ​

 

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