Heidi Eaves and Erin Brandt Speak at Pacific Dental Conference (Mar 2017)

Dentists as Employers: Rooting Out Workplace Problems Before They Happen

At this year’s Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver,  Heidi Eaves and Erin Brandt, Lawyer at Kent Employment Law, will speak about the legal and human resources issues that dentists face as employers.

Topics will include contracts, leaves, buying/selling a business, and engagement from a Canadian perspective, and help dentists create a healthy, engaging, and legally compliant workplace.

To learn more about this event and to register, click here.

 

January 25: PowHER TV and Dream, Girl Launch Event

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Project House Business Solutions is excited to announce their event partnership for the Vancouver launch party of PowHER TV and a special screening of Dream, Girl on January 25, 2017. 

PowHER TV is an initiative of PowHERhouse, the only Canadian media platform that accelerates individual performance, business growth and social impact. Their vision is a commitment to becoming a strong, positive global force with a tangible, grassroots impact, and their aim is to utilize the capacity of their highly-interactive multi-media platform to connect powerful women with each other in order to maximize their collective strength and energy.

Project House is a creative and energetic company whose mission is to build flexible work opportunities for women and support clients who want to treat people better, use better systems, and show themselves off more beautifully.  They do this by providing “extra muscle” consulting in a variety of professional service areas.

Dream, Girl is a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring & ambitious female entrepreneurs.  The film’s mission is to inspire the next generation of leaders:  From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader.”  Executive Producer and launch event champion Cheryl Wheeler will be attending the Vancouver launch event.

The PowHER TV Dream, Girl event will include a networking reception, inspirational speakers and an interactive panel discussion with the cast of PowHER TV, moderated by Project House Principal Heidi Eaves.  The Project House team is thrilled to be working alongside Charlene SanJenko and PowHERhouse to create an event that celebrates the idea that young people of all genders, backgrounds, and skills need to experience healthy role models and a broader range of inspiring opportunities in order to dream bigger and develop their own personal brand of leadership.

Both companies are committed to furthering the development of positive and healthy leadership, business, and entrepreneurship opportunities for everyone.

Tickets can be purchased from PowHERhouse here.

 

Click the image above to watch the Dream, Girl trailer.

In celebration of Video Game Day…

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To celebrate Video Game Day, we would like to give a shout out to some of our clients who work hard to give us the chance to kill zombies, crush cities, and gather armies.  Video Game development isn’t just fun; it’s a business that requires creativity, commitment, technical wizardry, and the ability to pull together high-performing teams who can solve challenges with speed.  Working in the gaming industry will test your mettle by pitting you against tough deadlines, tougher critics, ever-changing technology, challenging production and marketing cycles, nervous investors, intense hiring competition, and a fickle market.  It will also reward you with a chance to work alongside some of the best and brightest creative minds in a variety of disciplines and crafts, and to be a part of an industry that is serious about business and innovation.

 

Local studios rise and fall, and employees often move from one to the other, then back again.  Hiring fairs and events that pop up whenever a studio suffers a layoff or closure aren’t just opportunistic; everyone gains by keeping video game professionals living and working in Vancouver, as there is always a need for experienced hands as well as a fresh perspective.  For the most part, the local gaming industry has proven to be fiercely protective of its members and also focuses a significant portion of its energy on sharing ideas and rallying around community needs.

 

Tech in BC continues to grow in a significant way:  as of 2014, it was recorded that 75,000 tech professionals work across Vancouver, and the industry generates more than $23 billion dollars in revenue, meaning the tech sector in BC (which includes video game publishers as well as software publishers, motion picture and video production, pharmaceutical and medicine, computer, and navigational instruments) is a bigger employer than mining, oil, gas and forestry combined.

 

One area we’d love to see grow faster is the number of women who work in gaming development.  According to a report in 2015 by Nordicity, “the representation of women in the industry workforce has not changed over the last two years. Women still represent only 16% of the overall video game workforce. (They) are generally more highly represented in jobs in the marketing and communications and operations and administration job categories… however, these categories only account for about 21% of the industry’s total workforce. Women are the least represented in technical job categories, where they account for only 6% of the workforce.”  There are a number of meetups, networking groups, and social organizations whose goal is to support and encourage female gamers and developers, including Girls Learning Code and Ladies Learning Code.  According to the Ladies Learning Code Vancouver site, “Our adult programming offers women (and men) hands-on, project-based learning experiences that are designed to give beginners the skills and confidence they need to become digital creators.”

 

Video Games are mainstream and have long gone well beyond pure entertainment.  They are on your phone, in your living room, and out on the street, and they are a driving force behind many technical applications, such as education and training in medicine and defense strategy, in schools and in the workplace.  As the press around Video Game Day states, “Gaming is a pervasive part of our culture, coloring everything from our choices in clothing to our taste in cuisine, there are even themed restaurants that are entirely dedicated to gamers and the games they love. Video Games Day is dedicated to recalling this defining part of our culture and sharing it with our fellow gamers, new and old alike. Get your game on!”

Happy Women’s Equality Day!

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“To truly celebrate women, we must hear the stories of all women.” Happy Women’s Equality Day!

Happy BC Day!

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Happy BC Day from Project House!

Happy Paperback Book Day!

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I love to read, and my passion for books has been a lifelong one.  Many years before texting and walking was a dangerous nuisance, I was walking to school and home again with an open book in my face; I never wanted to put a good story down, and I could pretty much read anywhere, including car trips in the near-dark, when the only light was from intermittent highway streetlights.

In addition to loving stories, people are my business, and as someone who is constantly curious, I’m always on the lookout for wisdom about what makes people tick, ways to understand them better, and ideas about how to partner or coach them more effectively.

Crystal and I are both avid readers, and we are always on the hunt for books that move us, bring us information we can use, reveal a new or better way of looking at things, or provide ways to better understand ourselves.   As an entrepreneur, it’s tempting to throw myself into a pile of “business” or “leadership” books, but I find it challenging to find ones that suit my reading style AND bring me the information and insight I’m looking for.  A few that I’ve enjoyed that do both include Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, anything by Malcolm Gladwell, and Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie.

What’s great is that skilfully crafted characters from fiction and journalism stories often work just as well, if not better, than business books to reveal insights about leadership, trust, relationships, self-awareness, and other aspects of human behaviour.

Some of my recent favourites include The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Sisters Brothers and Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt, Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows, and Moonwalking with Einstein with Joshua Foer.   There is also an ever-expanding list of incredible “young reader” novels that aren’t just for teenagers, and with one of my sons I am re-reading The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  I also feel the urge reveal here that my two favourite books of all time are The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

If you’re a TED Talks fan looking for additional insight for evolving your leadership style, there are great speakers who also write, including Gladwell, Simon Sinek, and Brene Brown.  I am in the middle of Brown’s I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from What Will People Think? to I Am Enough.  Looooong title; fascinating topic.

This summer, I’m planning to tackle a few more from my ever-expanding book pile, including Quiet by Susan Cain, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine.  Happy Paperback Book Day, everyone!

Do you consider yourself a Reader?  Is reading included on your resume as a hobby?  Do you muscle your way through to the end of books you don’t enjoy, or do you give yourself guilt-free permission to cast an unsatisfying novel aside, unfinished?  Are you a sucker for a great story?   We invite you to share your favourites with us!

 

 

Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day to our beautiful country!

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day from Project House!

PowHERhouse Tea – June 10 2016

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On Friday June 10th, Heidi was very fortunate to join 30 ladies from government, sport, business, the arts, and community leadership as we enjoyed an afternoon of inspirational conversation and powHERful connections at the first-ever PowHERhouse Tea at The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft.

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A diverse group of women gathered to celebrate, share stories, eat delicious food, and learn more about how to support each other. The speakers shared honest, inspiring stories and details about their journeys:  MLA Melanie Mark opened the event with a beautiful and heartfelt keynote, followed by presentations by Madeleine Shaw & Suzanne Siemens from Lunapads and G Day; Loretta Cella from Leaders for Humanity; Cleta Brown, President of the University Women’s Club of Vancouver and President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; and Dr. Lois Nahirney, President and CEO of dnaPower Inc. with an update on the BC Women’s Economic Forum 2016 and the We For She event.

 

The event was MC’d by the energetic and talented Kait Burgan of Shaw and PowHER TV, and the whole amazing day was pulled together by the inexhaustible Charlene SanJenko, Founder and CEO of PowHERhouse, a social impact organization utilizing a multi-media platform to build strong women.

 

Happy Best Friend Day!

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Here’s to the peanut butter to your jelly, the cookie to your milk, the double to your bubble, the Hall to your Oates, the Starsky to your Hutch… your best friend! Happy Best Friend Day!