We all know what happens to Jack and Jill when there’s all work and no play. The Intivix team took the saying to heart, having a bit of out of office fun during December.
Taylor Hatten-Milholin (center) during a performance at Dance Mission Theater.
Intivix’s Client Account Manager Audrey Hatten-Milholin’s daughter, Taylor, performs with Dance Mission Theater’s Youth Program in San Francisco. In early December, the crew presented “Peace On Earth & Justice for All!”
“I enjoy Dance Mission because it gives women a voice and a sense of power in a primarily male-dominated world,” Taylor says. “Dance allows me to be free and advocate for something using art.”
Audrey invited Brandi Manuel, the company’s Marketing and Communications Manager, and her daughter Hayden to one of the shows. “It was quite an impressive experience,” says Brandi.
“Audrey was able to get us seats close to the stage to enhance our experience,” Brandi recalls. “Hayden is 11 and started a bit skeptical, but her thoughts quickly changed once the performance began. She realized they were telling a story through movement and dance. More importantly, she realized the story was about empowering women.”
The performance included engaging visuals, stunning costumes, and a wide variety of dance styles. At one point, Brandi recalls, belly dancers lined the aisles of the theater.
“Taylor’s movement is so fluid and graceful, Brandi says. “It’s obvious to the untrained eye that she places her heart in her dance and is passionate about it. This was a very inspiring and empowering performance. I didn’t want it to end.”
The Friday before the Intivix Oregon team moved into the company’s new offices, they got together for a fun night out at Highland Bowl and then a spin through Escape Corvallis.
“Drew won most of the games,” says David Hathaway with a laugh. Seth Heitzmann’s scoreboard name was ‘IT God.’”
Over at Escape Corvallis, the Intivix team tried to solve “Spy’s Safehouse.” In 60 minutes they were supposed to find the USB drive that will save American democracy in the safehouse of an infamous Russian spy.
“We would have completed the challenge, but we couldn’t figure out how to open a simple combination lock even though we had the combination,” David admits laughing. “We had a good time.”
After that, they headed over to Seth and Amy’s house for dinner. After the Indian food buffet, Seth showed off his new robot “Vector” that recognizes voice commands, identifies facial features and accepts custom programming. Very on-brand.
Parklab Garden’s course has some very cool touches of San Francisco, including a quaking Victorian house.
The weather cleared up for most of the day, only sprinkling for a little while. The food, drinks, and staff at Parklab were amazing. Shout out to those folks! The pizza and Mexican food were the hits of the day.
“Hanging out with each other outside of the work environment is so great,” says Brandi Manuel, “especially when we get to be with the people who typically work off-site. These ladies and gentlemen work so hard that it’s great to see them relax and play together.”
Survivors of the mini golf experience met at House of Shields for cocktails and conversation.