Jessilyn Calderwood

Staffing Management

greater than the sum of its parts

Jessilyn believes that there's much more to building a team than just assigning available people to empty roles, or matching skills with requirements.

Whatever their craft, every designer is unique, with their own backstory, interests and aspirations. As such, they all deserve to be listened to and understood, which requires empathy and a willingness to work with them to find what works best for the people as well as the project.

This is always a delicate balancing act with many interrelated and conflicting priorities. The answer isn't always easy, obvious, or optimal. But with open, transparent communication, anything is possible. Jessilyn's honest, straightforward approach is valued by staff and management alike for its consistent results.

Poached Eggs with Skillet Toast
Cauliflower and Kale Soup

Studio Operations

invisible service design

A studio's operations team is its first line of defence, its first aid responders, and the first to fix any problems that might hinder its people from doing their best. As a key member of this group, Jessilyn strives tirelessly to guide and support office and facilities management, finance, program management, and human resources.

When things start piling up and confusion reigns, Jessilyn instils calm and focuses on finding solutions. With her quick decision-making skills, assertiveness, and proactivity, she sets everyone up for success.

Event Coordination

Front and backstage production

From a conference with 1,000 attendees to an internal studio update with 10, the best events are talked about long after the dust has settled. The M.C. charms and entertains, the keynote speakers inspire, and the little details like signage and goodie bags add extra magic.

But behind the glitter and shine is a dedicated crew who works day and night to make everything run like clockwork. No stone is too insignificant to overturn, and the smallest detail is reviewed and tweaked until it is right.

Jessilyn loves to transform ideas on paper into things you can see, hear, and touch, all the while keeping her teams focused, motivated, and excited for what's to come.

Charred Corn Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing
Cauliflower and Kale Soup

Writing and Video Production

storytelling at the heart

Powerpoint presentations are no way to get your point across. If you really want people to understand what you're saying, you need to tell them a story.

Be it through prose, film, or interactive media, Jessilyn not only brings stories to life, but also makes the storytellers feel like the heroes of their own tales.

From ideation, through storyboarding and scripting, to filming and post-production, Jessilyn coordinates, produces, directs and inspires. She brings together experienced filmmakers, designers and engineers to make their ideas into reality, ensuring that whatever the medium, the message is unmistakable.


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