Kingmakers Solutions

Intro Event

Looking for a quick and easy way to take a break with your team?

 

Experience with your team what business leaders around the country are saying is the perfect team bonding for our times.

 

Your team will leave this event excited, energized, and laughing about it tomorrow!

 

Kingmakers Intro Event is an interactive, online board game experience designed to bring your team together with laughter and play.

Discover

 

  • The unique power of board games to spark joy, connection, and inclusion;
  • How expert external facilitation makes a difference in the virtual environment; and,
  • How virtual work can be even better through the magic of play!

 

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“It was great to be able to participate instead of plan!” – Adult and Child Health

Includes

 

  • 60-minute virtual event, hosted on Kingmakers virtual platform
  • Fully facilitated and structured start to finish by a Kingmakers Game Guide
  • Easy booking process with electronic payment
  • Communication plan for participants with tips for maximum engagement

“Great way to de-stress during work from home!” – CoverMyMeds

The Intro Event is developed for new clients only and for teams between 6 and 24 people with an established and consistent working relationship who are looking for a fun break in the workday. 

 

Think you need a more customized Kingmakers Solution for your team or organization? Talk to a Kingmakers Client Success Manager about your engagement needs!

 

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“Your team is amazing! Would love to work with you again!” – Nike

Kingmakers offers three unique solutions based on the needs of your team or organization. Expert, external facilitation and board gameplay are the core of each solution.

Intro Event

 

A quick and easy way to take a break with your team!

 

Experience with what business leaders around the country are saying is the perfect team bonding for our times.

 

Kingmakers Intro Event is a 60-minute virtual event, fully facilitated and structured from start to finish by a Kingmakers Game Guide.

 

Designed for 6 – 24 participants.

 

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“We’re a new team working together, so the time gave us a good opportunity to relax, joke around, be a little competitive, and get to know each other.” – Edify

Team Solution

 

A series of Team Bonding Events developed for your unique team.

 

Join the ranks of excellent team leaders who are utilizing Kingmakers Team Bonding as a tool to develop and maintain strong working relationships.

 

Kingmakers Team Solution includes three or six virtual events, an Engagement Plan, and an Engagement Results Package including testimonials, event success data, and team photo.

 

Designed for 6 – 24 participants.

 

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What was your favorite moment from the event?

 

“Knowing how much we are appreciated by [our Director].”
– Covering Kids and Families

Enterprise Solution

 

A strategic relationship aligned with your organization’s virtual engagement goals.

 

From consultation to implementation, Kingmakers offers a variety of expertly managed and facilitated events to spark joy, connection, and inclusion.

 

Work with a dedicated Client Success Team throughout the quarter to develop and execute your Engagement Plan. Your unique company culture, organizational structure, and priorities matter.

 

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“It was so fun and engaging.”

 

“Flawless execution.”

 

“I thought that the showcase event was a really unique way to get people interested! It was a really fun way to end the day!”

“Our Game [Guides] were so skilled at balancing the structure of game rules with the fun of a casual experience!”

 

Favorite Moments:

 

“Playing with people in my company I didn’t know. Let me get to know them better.”

 

“The final round, so fun watching everyone and cheering them on!”

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Enterprise Solution

Your company is FULL of talented individuals who are motivated by your mission and values.

 

You need a way to connect your awesome people to each other so they can continue to collaborate and innovate, no matter what part of the organization they support or where they are located.

 

Take a proactive and holistic approach to virtual company-wide engagement with Kingmakers Enterprise Solution.

 

Kingmakers Enterprise Solution is a strategic relationship aligned with your organization’s virtual engagement goals.

 

From consultation to implementation, Kingmakers offers a variety of expertly managed and facilitated events to spark joy, connection, and inclusion.

 

 

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“The Kingmakers experience helped us lay more of a positive foundation moving into an upcoming project. I got feedback afterwards that the team loved it and was looking forward to working together which is great feedback to receive.” – Cheryl, IGS Energy

Two Steps

 

1. Consultation and Engagement Plan

 

Let’s create a plan! 

A customized Engagement Plan with strategic recommendations to proactively address your organization-wide goals in the virtual workplace.

Included: starter consultation, Engagement Plan, review and revisions

 

2. Team Bonding Events

 

Put your Engagement Plan in action! 

A variety of expertly managed and facilitated events aligned with your company calendar. 

Included: event management, event implementation, evaluation, and ongoing consultation

“Someone told me today they “have so many stories about their co-workers from the games.” THAT absolutely makes the experience valuable. Nearly half of our team is new and that half hasn’t been in the office to really engage with coworkers to build a relationship” – Scott’s Miracle-Gro

Connect Anywhere

 

Holiday parties, All company gatherings, Leadership development initiatives, Internship cohorts, Recurring game hours, Onboarding classes of new hires, Summer social events, Board appreciation, Client relationship management, etc.

Interested in experiencing a Kingmakers event for your 6 – 24 person team? Check out our Intro Event.

Talk to a Kingmakers Client Success Manager about your engagement needs!

 

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I can only say positive things about everyone at Kingmakers. Flawless execution, entertaining from beginning to end, and always wearing a bright smile to cheer everyone on.” – Deutsche Bank

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Team Solution

Looking for a meaningful way to spark joy and foster belonging within your team?

 

You know better than anyone that team culture takes time and intention to build, especially in the virtual world.

 

Join the ranks of excellent team leaders who are utilizing Kingmakers Team Bonding as a tool to develop and maintain strong working relationships.

 

Kingmakers Team Solution is a series of Team Bonding Events developed for your unique team. 

 

Each board game-centered experience is developed based on your team’s dynamics and engagement goals.

Discover

 

  • The unique power of board games to spark joy, connection, and inclusion;
  • Why intentional events over time make an impact on daily work;
  • How expert external facilitation builds and strengthens relationships; and
  • How the virtual space can be an effective tool for creating an equitable environment.

 

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“Tailored to the personality and size of the team with a lot of thought put into it by the Kingmakers crew.”

– Root Insurance

Events

 

  • Series of three or six virtual events, 75 – 90 minutes each
  • Fully facilitated and structured start to finish by a Kingmakers Game Guide
  • Supported by a Kingmakers Tech Guide, hosted on Kingmakers virtual platform
  • Designed for 6-24 participants

 

Engagement Plan

 

  • Initial Consultation with Client Success Team and periodic engagement reviews
  • Participant Communication Plan with schedule and copy 
  • Engagement Results Package including testimonials, event success data, and team photo

“…we are very intentional about the type of culture we build during our programs. This activity helped us strengthen that culture with our participants.” – Rela Leadership

Looking to create an Engagement Plan for more individuals?

 

Our Enterprise Solution is tailored to the needs of your organization and can accommodate a variety of engagement goals, use cases, and event logistics.

 

Talk to a Kingmakers Client Success Manager about your engagement needs!

 

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With [our Game Guides] it turned the afternoon into the best team-building event I’ve ever experienced with our department. – Abbott

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In Her Own Words: Malika Jacobs plays board games for real

 

As the stress of the Omincron variant of Covid exacerbates, many women return to the strategies they used earlier in the pandemic. Malika Jacobs took her team-building business virtual and strengthened her own team in the process.

 

Read an excerpt from the interview with Ellen Sherberg below.

 

“Teams that trust each other can do amazing things. We have always been fortunate to employ a stellar group of people who are motivated by each other and the work we do. I’ve always known my biggest job as a leader is to align folks around a common goal, guide, and mostly get out of the way.

 

In March of 2020, we had a uniquely qualified team, including two recent hires tasked with developing the corporate team bonding aspect of our business. I couldn’t have asked for a more emphatic, creative, and hardworking bunch. Everyone showed up authentically for each other and for Kingmakers, allowing us to create and innovate our way to where we are today.” – Malika Jacobs

 

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A peek into another aspect of what it means to work from home: PETS.

Calipso

Species: cat

Loving Owner: Adilson

 

Adilson is the loving father of the most beautiful creature Calipso (Cali) the cat and an avid sitter of many local dogs. We love seeing him bounce from house to house via Zoom, keeping all sorts of animals (and plants) healthy and happy.

Woody

Species: squirrel

Loving Owner: Mother Nature herself

 

Jessica has a complicated relationship with her neighbor, Woody the squirrel. Are they reluctant friends? Are they true enemies? Regardless, we all respect Woody’s ability to keep eye contact for far too long for the average squirrel’s attention span.

Jolene, Jazzy, and Gray

Species: dog and cats

Loving Owner: Malika

 

Malika has had many pets over the years. Her dog Jolene is featured in close to 60% of our internal meetings, warning all of us that the mail carrier has arrived or a leaf has fallen.

 

Fun fact: our LLC is named after Malika’s beloved cat, Lil Ze, who is missed dearly. Honestly, if anyone is interested, Malika’s current cats Jazzy and Gray are up for grabs. No cat holds a candle to Lil Ze (just kidding, you can’t have them).

Moose

Species: dog

Loving Owner: Ash

 

Ash’s pet is Moose, a human-sized hound dog. Moose is often heard in the background of internal calls barking at neighbors who dare roll by on a scooter. Moose loves saying hi at the ding of Zoom Call, middle of the day walks, playing with the world’s smallest tennis ball for about 2 minutes, and the fact that Ash is home all day for pets.

Adele

Species: dog

Loving Owner: Adele really owns herself

 

Val’s sweet little chihuahua mix is the most independent and elusive pet in the bunch, so seeing her on-screen is quite the treat. Adele loves basking in the sunlight and being pet about once a month.

Being able to be home with our furry friends is an important part of life here at Kingmakers.

 

What do you love about working remote?

99% of survey respondents said their Kingmakers event provided them an opportunity to meaningfully engage with one another

Kingmakers’ virtual, participant-centered experiences enhance joy, connection, and inclusion through facilitation and board gameplay.

 

How do we ensure our solutions create intentional, efficient, and authentic engagement for your team? Facilitation and game play are the key!

Facilitation

The art of centering a group’s experience, needs, and joy

 

Expert, external facilitation allows events to be participant-centered. Facilitators read team dynamics and shift energy in real time.

 

This is a key differentiator of Kingmakers Team Bonding Solutions. Most of our competitors offer performative or broadcast-based team bonding experiences. THEY are the center of the event not the participants. Our job as facilitators is to constantly center the conversations, concerns, and energy of individuals to match the goals of the team.

 

“Honestly, I was beat and not interested in participating at all, but since I organized it I felt obligated. I ended up really enjoying it and having a great time. I felt re-energized by the experience and got to make some deeper connections with our participants” – Lilly Endowment

 

“I loved the energy – it was enthusiastic without being too over the top” – Scotts Miracle-Gro

 

 

Game Play

Use of tabletop board games adapted to the virtual space

 

The format of game play creates a low-stakes space for personal sharing and problem solving, allowing events to be both lighthearted and meaningful.

 

The mechanics of board games make it an incredible platform for equitable and engaging team bonding. Turn-based play ensures all participants have the opportunity to engage and the team steers the pacing of the event. Because board games don’t have fixed outcomes, each experience is customized by participants’ choices.

 

“The game itself was a great balance of intellectually challenging but easy to pick up once we got going.” – Edify

 

“The games and positive/upbeat environment enabled everyone to let their guards down and just enjoy and get to know one another a little better.” – IGS Energy

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Origin Story

 

From the beginning, Malika (Founder and CEO of Kingmakers) has worked towards the goal to create a workplace where employees can work within their values, make an impact on the lives of others, and grow into their unique talents.

 

“When I began Kingmakers, I did so with the idea that I would have a positive impact in my sphere of influence and wouldn’t get too caught up in ‘the world.’ For me, this has largely meant my team. A priority has been to create a space where people who work for me can be themselves.”

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Kingmakers Board Game Parlour, Columbus, OH

From 2014 to 2020, Kingmakers served the public as a board game parlour in Columbus, OH (and later in Indianapolis, IN). In the evenings, this unique guest experience was beloved by hobbyists, novices, and everyone in between.

 

During the day, Kingmakers worked with corporations and organizations by hosting large-scale, board-game based Team Bonding Events.

Transition

 

In Spring of 2020, Kingmakers adapted to the changing workforce and began facilitating board game events for remote-first teams. In a bittersweet moment of change and growth, both board game parlours shut their doors.

 

Now Kingmakers offers virtual team bonding experiences for business leaders who understand the value of investing in radical employee care. Through facilitation and customized board game-centered experiences, Kingmakers is an innovative approach to team bonding that enhances joy, connection, and inclusion for companies with hybrid and remote employees.

 

Do you think you’ll reopen the parlours?

 

Short answer: No. It’s not in our plans moving forward.

 

Long answer:

 

 

 

We talk about the swift evolution toward team bonding in the virtual space as a happy accident, knowing we were always moving in this direction as a company, closer to Malika’s original goal. Not only are we positioned to be a great place to work as a small team, but we also get to take what we have learned and support the care of employees at like-minded companies (like yours).

 

We’re proud of who we were and we’re so excited about where we’re going.

We chose the name Kingmakers as a nod to the event in a game where a player or players (who often have no chance of winning) make the decision about who does win. Throughout the game, they use their resources, actions, and influence to support/back the outcome they want to see.

 

While this tactic is often regarded as shady, we’re turning the phrase on its head.

 

We know that teams aren’t about winning as an individual and that so many times we use our collective resources to uplift one another.

 

In this cooperative game of business and life, our team is all about Kingmaking to ensure each other’s success.

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Origin Story

 

From the beginning, Malika (Founder and CEO of Kingmakers) has worked towards the goal to create a workplace where employees can work within their values, make an impact on the lives of others, and grow into their unique talents.

 

“When I began Kingmakers, I did so with the idea that I would have a positive impact in my sphere of influence and wouldn’t get too caught up in ‘the world.’ For me, this has largely meant my team. A priority has been to create a space where people who work for me can be themselves.”

Large group of people smiling in a bar with a large bard game library behind them
Kingmakers Board Game Parlour, Columbus, OH

From 2014 to 2020, Kingmakers served the public as a board game parlour in Columbus, OH (and later in Indianapolis, IN). In the evenings, this unique guest experience was beloved by hobbyists, novices, and everyone in between.

 

During the day, Kingmakers worked with corporations and organizations by hosting large-scale, board-game based Team Bonding Events.

Who We Are Now

 

When the pandemic shifted the workplace culture and how employees would work in the office, we saw the opportunity to pivot and bring board games to a virtual platform. It became clear that a larger subset of the workforce than ever before would become remote or hybrid. Without a new set of tools, workplace dynamics and engagement would continue to plunge.

 

As a result, we pivoted to serve B2B clients in order to boost other companies’ employee morale. The ability to use virtual team bonding experiences opened a door to a corporate outreach level vast enough to encourage and promote the need for employee wellbeing and care beyond Ohio.

Our pivot was strongly influenced by the unique backgrounds and skill-sets of the Kingmakers team members present at the time of the pandemic closing. Through deep exploration, incredible interpersonal team trust and countless consultations and events – we found facilitation and board games to be the core of who we are.

 

The evolution of Kingmakers has allowed us to connect even closer to Malika’s original mission. Not only are we positioned to be a great place to work as a small team, but we also get to take what we have learned and support the radical care of employees at like-minded companies (like yours).

Services

 

Kingmakers offers solutions for a changing workforce to spark joy and foster belonging.

 

We will work with you to find the virtual, board game-centered experiences that best match your needs with consideration to factors such as your role, group size, and engagement goals.

 

Team Solution 

A series of Team Bonding Events developed for your unique team.

Each board game-centered experience is developed based on your team’s dynamics and engagement goals.

 

Enterprise Solution 

A strategic relationship aligned with your organization’s virtual engagement goals.

From consultation to implementation, Kingmakers offers a variety of expertly managed and facilitated events to spark joy, connection, and inclusion.

 

Learn more!

 

Kingmakers Solutions

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What does “Kingmakers” mean?

 

We chose the name Kingmakers as a nod to the event in a game where a player or players (who often have no chance of winning) make the decision about who does win. Throughout the game, they use their resources, actions, and influence to support/back the outcome they want to see.

 

While this tactic is often regarded as shady, we’re turning the phrase on its head.

 

We know that teams aren’t about winning as an individual and that so many times we use our collective resources to uplift one another. In this cooperative game of business and life, our team is all about Kingmaking to ensure each other’s success.