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Brave Birds is a boutique studio that makes a big impact. We have worked with executives, leaders, and organizations large and small to develop bold leaders, enhance work experiences, transform performance, and most importantly, foster healthy, engaged workplaces.

Our team disrupts traditional thinking. We agitate, challenge and tell the truth to shake up the status quo and ultimately deliver business improvements through your revitalized workforce.

I've recently had the opportunity to work with Ayako on obtaining clarity on a business venture that I wanted to pursue. I highly recommend working with her to save you time, money and to provide you insight on your organizational health. Ayako is intuitive and can identify in a short period of time what you or your organization requires to further define your target market, value proposition and the type of team member you are missing to make your team or organization successful.

Belinda Panganiban

Tracy has brought a wealth of experience, wisdom, and vision to our organization. She has elevated the organization’s credibility and visibility in many ways, including working with the Board to create a relevant and meaningful five-year strategic plan, communication plan as well as facilitate many staff team building events including individual coaching. Simply put AFCC would not be the success it is today without Tracy.

Shane GauthierCEO Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary

The workplace is more complex and more challenging with every passing day. The competition is stiffer, margins are tighter, expectations are higher, changes are more foundational. Our leadership team needed to reset with a bold new vision of who we are and what we deliver and Tracy and her team at Brave Birds challenged us to do just that. After taking the time to understand the organization’s journey and current state, Tracy challenged us to think differently about both; to reexamine our “truth” and throw away outdated ideas and plans. She was frank with us, honest with us, and she challenged us. It wasn’t easy but we’re leaders and our teams expect us to do the hard work.

Terry CurtisStrategic Leader/Culture Builder/ Six Sigma Master Black Belt

When I was experiencing existential issues with a partner on a creative project I sought out the expertise of Ms. Ayako Ohtake, a consummate communications professional and greatly respected friend, who had provided me counsel and solace with her wisdom in the past. Ayako was able to apply the “6 Types of Working Genius” tool/framework – seamlessly – to my vexing situation and both illuminate the underlying issue (expecting my partner to provide different strengths than were organic for her) AND provide the insight for a working path forward. The Table Group tool is a marvelous one and Ayako’s uniquely empathetic gifts will enable her clients to develop a practical wisdom of their own through the application of it.

Kara Aimee MaxfieldOwner of Maxlogical and Podcaster

I had the pleasure of working with Tracy when I was the Director of Stakeholder Relations with Women Building Futures. Tracy helped our executive team with strategic planning and our full team with Indigenous Awareness and Cultural Training. In both cases, I found her approach to be authentic, “no nonsense”, relatable and sensitive. Her level of professionalism combined with approachability is what makes Tracy a leader.

Jacqueline AndersenBrave Birds Client

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Organizational Health

Organizations thrive when their employees are engaged, supported and listened to.

High Performing Teams

Team building is a continuous journey that requires bold leadership, trust and honest participation.

Executive Coaching

Probes and agitates to build clients’ self-awareness and empower clients to map the journey ahead and steer their own ship.