Where community & work come together for a better future.

We specialize in improving the employee experience through a community-focused approach. At our core, we believe a strong sense of community is essential to creating workplaces where employees thrive.


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 organizations to build a culture of connection and belonging, where employees feel valued, supported, and engaged.

Our approach is rooted in the idea that when employees feel connected to their team 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 13 represents new beginnings, passion & self-expression.

Thrive | To grow, develop and flourish.

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.

Inspired impression

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.

Evolving leaders

We coach your key leaders, and equip them to self-motivate, communicate and build great relationships with their team.

"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


  • 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.


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


People Data Discovery


  • You want to gain insights into areas like employee engagement, retention, productivity and performance.
  • You're noticing shifts in your retention - people are not staying as long as they used to, and you're not sure why.
  • You've recently done an engagement survey (congratulations!) and are not quite sure what to do with the results and feedback.
  • You've been investing in your people, their development, wellness and training, but you're not sure if the investments are making a difference.
  • You're a data driven leader and want to see some data and trends before making a big strategic decision.


By analyzing employee data, you can gain insights into your culture, engagement, retention, productivity, and performance. This information can help you identify trends, predict future outcomes, and make informed decisions about people and investments.

We use a variety of data sources, including:

  • Demographic data
  • Performance management
  • Recruitment data
  • Surveys, check-ins + other employee feedback
  • Performance metrics and business metrics

You'll receive a full report of your people data, analysis, insights into trends happening within your organization, and actionable recommendations to create a culture of connection, engagement, and empowerment, where employees can achieve their full potential.

Meet Our Founder

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 and a specialization in Human Resources, a 10+ year career in HR and business management, and a certification in mindfulness studies and practices, 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, and

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.