Storytelling & the 2016 Election

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Events, Ignite Theatre, January, Meet, One-Woman Show, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It was 4AM and the sun was far from up. But there I was. Awake and gulping down coffee with excitement and purpose. I grabbed my backpack, slipped into my uber, and prepared to spend the next sixteen hours working as an Election Coordinator. I was assigned outside of my ward, (which I was a little [...]

Esther Choy on “Should I Really Admit This?”

By | 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 [...]

The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Interviews, Problem Solving, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jodi Whitlock of Corporate Event Interactive tells us about how their team got started, where she likes to vacation (don't forget the wine!) and what's coming up for CEI. What made you get into this business? CEI began as a traditional event planning company. We quickly discovered an affinity for the teambuilding and interactive part of [...]

Meet Kim Jean

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: December, Events, Ignite Theatre, Interviews, Meet, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

One of the first things you notice about Kim Jean is her big smile, her infectious presence, and her is-it-British-or-Caribbean accent. Ok that was more than one thing. Let’s say there is a lot you notice about her in the first few minutes in her presence. And we are very happy to have her here at [...]

14th Anniversary Party: A Most Interesting Affair

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Anniversary Party, Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Events, Meetings, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Now that we have had a moment to breathe and are back to the business of business, we can look back and bask in the afterglow of our Anniversary Party.  It was one to remember! On November 14th, 2016, a beautiful Monday night, Catalyst Ranch had the great fortune of celebrating 14 years in style; with [...]

Molly Wagner and her new A Christmas Carol

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Create, Creative, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Events, Holidays, Innovation, Uncategorized|

In this blog we learn about how Chicago actor Molly Wagner got her inspiration for adapting A Christmas Carol for Ignite Theatre, an interactive and immersive passion project that debuts in December. Every December, for as long as I can remember, I would find a little red book sitting on my dad’s bedside table. It was [...]

Meet Our Newest Catering Partner!

By | 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 [...]

Ignite Theatre Presents: Steel Magnolias

By | September 10th, 2015|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Events, Innovation, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As you may have heard, Catalyst Ranch is producing a theatre series called Ignite Theatre that is launching October 9th.  Our first production is Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. Please welcome director Dan Foss, who has agreed to answer our goofy questions despite his status as a huge talent in the theatre community. Dan has been [...]

projectMUSIC

By | July 6th, 2015|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creativity, Events, Inspire, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The stories of the 40 children who live at LYDIA are consistently shocking and upsetting. These kids have been handed one of the most difficult challenges the world can offer - being taken from their parents due to abuse and/or neglect. The children in LYDIA’s Residential Treatment Center (home for abused and neglected children) are all [...]

Urgency and Meaning: The Art of Getting Others to Do Things

By | May 29th, 2015|Categories: Events, Inspire|Tags: , , |

How do you kick up the energy level, collaboration, and results at your organization? And, how do you sustain that over time? Classic “change management” theory tells us the first step is creating a sense of urgency. Yet, how we do that dramatically impacts what happens around us. And that is where many people can fail. [...]