We Trained *Everyone* at Philly’s Fastest Growing Start-up, Curalate!

The entire Curalate team got together in Philadelphia last week for the start of the year, and after our workshop with a smaller division in 2016 they decided to have us train the whole company. Curalate is the fastest growing start-up in Philadelphia and is coming off a year of explosive growth (as a simple example, the number of participants in the workshop grew by 20% between the time we booked it and when it happened… a little less than month).

With so many new people and offices now in three states working as a team and communicating well has taken on added significance to Curalate. With a young, engaged workforce they know that presenting learning in new and interesting ways keeps their employees happy and is effective. Working with PHIT Corporate on a larger scale for this training was a natural fit and we were happy to return to a company we already knew and build on our past work

Coming at the end of a week of various meetings and talks, we brought all of Curalate’s close to 200 employees to our location and spread them across every available stage, rehearsal hall and classroom we had with a team of 9 facilitators for a session that put the emphasis on fun but also had a curriculum designed to teach important skills like working as a team, communicating, and collaboration.

It was especially nice to come into the office today and have heard that on the surveys every employee completed before they went home at the end of the week our activity got the highest marks of anything that happened in the 5 day retreat:

A screenshot showing all 56 responses would be boring to read, so just picture the number of exclamation points continuing to increase as you go down.

Do you have a large event that needs that extra something, but you don’t want the time to only being about getting your employees out of the office? If you contact us we can work together to create a special morning, afternoon, or evening for your entire company that will be a blast and have folks learning important skills or values through applied improvisation so that everyone wins.

Our Visit to Wawa University!

Last Friday was another story of a workshop worth sharing. A team from PHIT Corporate had the closest experience we will probably ever get to visiting Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory when we traveled to Wawa University.

Wawa is a beloved east coast chain that is difficult to explain when we are traveling elsewhere around the country, but in it’s simplest form we often describe it this way: imagine if 7-11, Dunkin Donuts, and your local deli combined and became best possible versions of themselves.

Being a highly successful company that has grown across multiple states, we were excited to visit their campus and help with the training of their staff. In addition to working on teambuilding, we also spent time teaching applied improvisation techniques focused on listening, awareness and group communication. In a big company it’s often hard to communicate across different departments and through different levels of management – and same skills that are useful to our actors when we create performances on the fly on our stage can also be transformative for teams when they learn to apply them in their work life.

As an added bonus we got to enjoy the cafeteria. It’s a whole Wawa with one amazing difference we’re going to miss – everything was free!