take the time to climb the tree and up those skills

As leaders, we want to unlock the potential of our team members – but we don’t always know how to help them get there! With years of leading her team through the chaos of busy advertising industry deadlines behind her, Jess is here to share her favourite leadership frameworks she’s picked up along the way.

In this workshop, we’ll explore how to coach your people effectively (Situational Leadership), how to communicate in a positive manner (listening skills and the SCARF framework), and how to have challenging conversations that are successful for both parties (the SBI framework). Bring your can-do attitude and be ready for a giggle, because we’ll be trying these tools out in 1-on-1 exercises with our classmates.

event details

Suitable for current or future team leaders in the games industry

Thursday 22 April, 1pm – 4pm

Attendees will need to bring their willingness to talk to strangers! We’ll be participating in short conversational exercises & roleplay, done 1-on-1 with a classmate (no public speaking required!).

ticket prices

Included with any Play by Play pass.

This workshop is strictly limited to 20 places, so reserve your spot now to avoid missing out.


Blue Whale Conference Room 2, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Cable Street, Wellington, New Zealand

facilitated by


Jess Woodward

Having been involved with the festival since 2017, this year Jess has taken the wheel as Creative Director. With 8 years of advertising experience as a creative, designer, mac op and team leader, Jess is no stranger to this line of work. A strong believer in marrying creativity with context, past attendees may remember her for her 2017 Play by Play presentation “Type Talks: What your game’s branding is saying for you”.

Some of her proudest gaming achievements include showing up two hours late to a date with her now-husband because she was too engrossed in Virtue’s Last Reward, and winning a PS4 on launch by professing her undying love for Final Fantasy IX. In her spare time, Jess plays mum to two cats, mains a cleric and a tinkerer in two seperate DnD campaigns with her brother Alex, and sings like everyone’s listening.

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