Why Fly Fishing Beats a Net

By | 2017-05-22T19:09:53+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Authors, Consultants, Networking|Tags: , , , |

Why Fly Fishing Beats a Net By Vickie Austin There are many paradoxes when marketing yourself or your business, and one of the most powerful paradoxes is “The narrower your focus, the wider your opportunity.” This defies logic. You’d think that a broad, sweeping approach might be best–something like fishing with a big net. Picture someone [...]

Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:27+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Creative Spaces, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Interviews, Meeting Planner Spotlight, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Levi is an innovator and entrepreneur who is bringing together other innovators and entrepreneurs in a spirit of collaboration in a no-pressure environment.  He brings this spirit to the West Loop when Coffee & Conversation comes to Catalyst Ranch in February. Name: Levi Baer Name of Your Company: Second Shift, teacher at DePaul University, and leader [...]

Esther Choy on “Should I Really Admit This?”

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:28+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Categories: Consultants, Events, Interviews, January, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Tommie Hansen via creativecommons.org Should I Really Admit This? How to Find Common Ground at Networking Events I belong to a private club in downtown Chicago. It occupies a regal, historic building. Membership requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, three letters of support from current members, and an ability to shoulder a monthly [...]

Meet Our Newest Catering Partner!

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:30+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Creative, Entrepreneurs, Events, Holidays, Interviews, Kosher catering, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

At Catalyst Ranch we know that food is a essential component for any successful meeting.  Who doesn't love tasty morsels to keep their brain working?  Well, we are happy to announce that we now have a Kosher Catering partner for both our meeting side and our event side. Name: Linda Neiman Name of your Company: Zelda’s [...]

Most Interesting Person – Ali Karbassi

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Design, Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Teach, Teambuilding, Tip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Most Interesting Person: Ali Karbassi   Over the past 15 years I’ve worked in many different industries; Professional photographer, senior web developer at web firms and advertising agencies, product developer at an Internet of Things startup, Technology Director at a product-based company, and CEO of a non-profit to name a few. Each has revolved around my love [...]

Do You Really Know Thoughtly Crew?

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

We sat down with Holly Birnbaum, one of the founders of Thoughtly Crew, to ask about Creative Thinking Agents, consumer market research groups, and partnering with Catalyst Ranch.  Here's what she said!   Who is Thoughtly Crew? Thoughtly Crew, the world's first independent pool of creative consumers, was launched in 2005 by Holly Birnbaum, Scott Cheney [...]

What I Learned Backpacking Around the World

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Entrepreneurs, Interviews, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

by Ida Abdalkhani It’s interesting how of my varied journeys and adventures in life—getting my MBA right after my undergraduate degrees (with no full-time work experience), going from corporate employee to entrepreneur, becoming a laughter yoga instructor, and even bungee jumping in Victoria Falls—the one thing that people most want to talk about is my backpacking [...]

Why a Focus Group?

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:32+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, focus group, Interviews, Meet|Tags: , |

We wanted to get the real dirt on focus groups (without spoiling client confidentiality of course), so we reached out to our recruiting partner, Heidi, who gave us the lowdown.  We asked a few questions. . . CR - What was your most interesting focus group?  Heidi - The most interesting focus group involved women who [...]

7 Tips on How to Prepare to Teach, When You Haven’t Been Trained as a Teacher

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:33+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Inspire, Interviews, Teach|Tags: , , |

  7 Tips on How to Prepare to Teach, When You Haven't Been Trained as a Teacher by Ida Abdalkhani, Founder & President of Ability to Engage, Inc I recently started teaching at my alma mater, The Ohio State University. Given the focus of my boutique consulting business, Ability to Engage, where we help companies develop [...]

Heartfelt Catering

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:46+00:00 May 5th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Catalyst Ranch, Consultants, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Meetings|

Welcome today’s guest blogger, founder of Heartfelt Catering, Chef Cecilia Hamilton!  Heartfelt Catering seemed like the perfect partner for Elbows on the Table on May 12.   We hope you can join us for a conversation about philanthropy and community and, of course, a delicious dinner!   We’re honored to partner with Catalyst Ranch for this year’s [...]