Elevating workplaces, connecting people to purpose.
We specialize in creating meaningful people experiences at work, through a community-focused approach. We believe a strong sense of community is essential to creating workplaces where everyone thrives.
Today's top talent wants to feel connected at work.
As you create a work environment that fosters growth, relationships and impact, a community approach will make the difference.
We work with companies to build a culture of connection and belonging, where everyone feels valued, supported, and engaged.
Our approach is rooted in the idea that when people feel connected to their team, leadership, and the organization, they are more likely to be creative, self-motivated, and committed to their work.
Who We Are
Welcome to our people + culture development firm! We believe that every organization has the potential to be a great place to work — our clients are start-up and small companies with growing teams that want to establish or elevate their organizational culture.
Our mission is to help you achieve your full potential by fostering a culture of community and connection. Engaged and fulfilled employees are more creative, innovative, and invested in their success and yours.
Thirteen | The number 13represents new beginnings, passion & self-expression.
Unlock your people’s potential through connection.
You recognize there’s a need for a different approach to employee engagement and people development — both within your organization and across your industry as a whole.
You’re altruistic, with a tendency to leave things better than you found them. The people who work with you are no exception, and if you could set an example for all the best workplaces — even better.
You know that with more impact, comes more responsibility. You’ve built something special; you want to see it thrive — and each person on your team, along with it — and you know that having connected and fulfilled people will make it happen.
Meeting major milestones and embracing a whole-human approach to success are both important to you — you want your team to feel like they’re a part of something with real impact, and maintain a connection to themselves, others and their work.
Our community-based approach prioritizes the needs and perspectives of employees and seeks to create a sense of ownership and collaboration in the workplace. The organization becomes a community where employees are active participants in shaping culture and driving positive change.
"Aura has helped translate the firm’s values into a holistic and thoughtful system. Her work has helped set up not only methodical processes that have guided existing and new staff members but also established long-term goals that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable.
Aura has taken the time to work closely with each team member and has helped them navigate management strategies. Her support and ideas have amplified the company’s message, mission, and values. We are truly excited to be working with her!"
Paola M. | CEO & FOUNDER
People are the soul of every organization.
Balancing humanity + accountability
Someone’s experience at work is not mutually exclusive of achieving organizational goals (they’re actually related). You succeed together.
Today’s top talent wants to be impactful at work. Perks alone won’t help you stand out from the competition. A connected and meaningful employee experience and culture — will.
Expression of self
When people feel like they can come to work as their true selves, be seen, heard and valued for who they are and their work — that's when true community is created.
We coach your key leaders, and equip them with the tool and strategies they need to grow healthy teams, communicate openly, build trust, and manage performance.
What We Do
Empower companies to foster positive work cultures, filled with trust, open communication, collaboration and belonging.
When employees feel connected to their workplace and to each other, they are happier, more engaged, and committed to their success & yours.
We work closely with you to understand your unique culture needs and challenges. Our community-based approach means we engage with employees and leaders to co-create solutions that are tailored to their specific goals and vision. We prioritize curiosity, inclusivity, empathy, and communication.
We help you make strategic decisions and see things in a different way through the incorporation of research, people data and trends assessments, and open-minded observation in all of our solutions.
"Aura is welcoming and thoughtful and is quickly able to establish a level of trust amongst the team. She understands the unique challenges that managers and leaders face in their day to day work and offers coaching and concrete steps for consideration when working through any issues that may arise. I can recommend Aura with confidence knowing that she will be a positive, while staying true to her own values in all the work that she does."
Marianne L. | DIRECTOR HR
Work With Us
Culture + Experience Design
THIS SERVICE COULD BE A GREAT FIT FOR YOU IF...
You’ve noticed a shift in mood, people are not participating as much, they’re not as connected during team meetings and their motivation had decreased.
People are leaving at a higher rate than before and you’re not sure why.
Your management team is ready to evolve into powerful leaders who drive big change in the organization, but you don’t have the time to mentor them + you're not sure where to start.
You have a remote/hybrid workplace and want to foster more connection among your team, their work and leadership.
WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE
A 4-phased approach to elevating your employee experience, employee engagement design, and shifting organizational culture through building community.
Discover ◡ Design ◠ Deploy ◡ Debrief
Our services include:
Defining your mission, vision and values
Building a sense of purpose and shared values
Fostering connection among employees — work — leaders
Creating and maintaining culture in a remote/hybrid environment
Creating a supportive and inclusive work environment
Foster belonging — acceptance, trust, safety, and shared identity
Coaching for Managers
THIS SERVICE COULD BE A GREAT FIT FOR YOU IF...
As a company, you want to set up your new managers for success & equip existing managers with new tools to lead today's dynamic workplace.
You're a growing company and you've recently promoted several people into management roles, now you want to make sure they have the skills to manage and lead the team.
You've recently done an engagement survey (congratulations!) and want the feedback for managers or leaders is not what you expected, you want to take action but you're unsure how.
You're a manager yourself, and you want to learn how to build trust and include everyone, you want to better articulate expectations, provide feedback and communicate effectively with your team.
You're a manager balancing multiple responsibilities and priorities and you're noticing the impact on your work-life balance and stress levels, you want to do it all, but you're not sure how.
WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE
We understand the challenges that managers face in today's dynamic workplace, and we're here to support them every step of the way. We specialize in helping managers foster open communication, build trust and support, enhance collaboration and inclusion, master time management, and drive performance.
Open Communication: Break down barriers and foster a culture of open and effective communication. We equip you with the tools and techniques to facilitate meaningful dialogue and create a work environment where ideas flow freely.
Build Trust and Support: Cultivate trust and establish strong relationships with your team members. Our coaching programs guide you in developing authentic connections, fostering a supportive work environment, and building a cohesive team.
Collaboration: Harness the power of collaboration and unleash your team's collective intelligence. We help you foster a collaborative mindset, promote teamwork, and enhance productivity through effective collaboration strategies.
Time Management: Master the art of time management and maximize your productivity. We provide you with practical techniques to become more self-aware and present, prioritize tasks, optimize workflow, and achieve a sustainable work-life balance.
Performance Management: Drive high performance within your team through effective performance strategies. We guide you in setting clear expectations, providing constructive feedback, and motivating your team to achieve outstanding results.
Hey there 👋 I'm Aura Telman, Founder of Thirteen Thrive.
As an immigrant from Romania at the age of thirteen, I learned about belonging, inclusion, shared values and shared identity on a deep personal level. I carry my own experiences of building a community in Canada, into my work.
With a Bachelor of Business, a specialization in Human Resources, a 10+ year career in HR and business management, and certifications in mindfulness practices and mental health aid, I'm not only able to impact individual experience, but also offer insights, recommendations and organizational strategies that change the way your company works, from the inside out.
Featured in Nasdaq, Thrive Global, Brit + Co, Create & Cultivate, Authority Magazine and DisruptHR.
Our commitments to you.
We commit to showing up authentically and building trust throughout our working relationship.
We commit to fully supporting you the way you need to be supported — there are no assumptions in this space about what you need.
We commit to listening deeply, hearing, acknowledging and upholding your lived experiences.
We commit to rooting all our work together in empathy, curiosity, compassion and openness.
"Aura is very authentic and insightful when she provides coaching and support to leaders, after working with Aura, I was clear on where I needed to direct my focus. She helped me envision a pathway forward that was aligned with my goals and values. I would recommend Thirteen Thrive to anyone who wants to lead and manage in a less prescriptive and more authentic way."
Michelle P. | FOUNDER
Learn more about the power of community and creating an unforgettable employee experience.