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What If Chicago Were NOT Broke

By | 2017-03-07T20:29:11+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What If Chicago Were NOT Broke - Implications for Our Future by Tom Tresser We are told by the mayor and a host of experts that Chicago is broke. They sold our parking meters. They closed 49 public schools, They closed six public health centers. City services are being trimmed. Public school budgets slashed and hundreds [...]

Mom + Baby Women Supporting Women Conference

By | 2016-10-17T18:40:52+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Mom + Baby 3rd Annual Women Supporting Women Conference For the third year in a row, the Mom + Baby organization is hosting its annual Women Supporting Women Conference and Reception on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The event was designed by women for women to make meaningful connections and get their voice heard. The conference includes [...]

Meet Artist MJ Ernst. She Illustrated our 2016 Coloring Book Calendar!

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:43+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create|Tags: , , , , |

We are so pleased to introduce this month’s guest blogger and good friend to the Ranch, MJ Ernst. MJ is the owner, designer and artist of MJ Ernst Couture and Mysterious Mannequin. MJ is also the illustrator of our brand new 2016 Adult Coloring Book Calendar. Here is her story:   I have been sewing and [...]

Catalyst Ranch’s 13th Anniversary

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:43+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This Saturday is the 13th Anniversary for Catalyst Ranch! There are so many memories and stories to share from over the years but I thought it would be fitting to share the story of the first meeting here on Nov. 7, 2002, my first employee and how together we made it happen. As anyone who has [...]

Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:43+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Art, Create, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater A bit of a one-man-band, through puppets Blair is able to tell deep and complex stories with the various characters often being different extensions of his own personality. Right! Not your average puppet show! — The Huffington Post Catalyst Ranch Ignite Theatre presents its next feature: The Blair Thomas & [...]

Table Talk: Making the Most of Your Meetings

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:44+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Categories: Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We are pleased to introduce Levi Baer. Levi is a consultant, a community builder, a collaborator, a professional speaker and on top of all that, he’s Catalyst Ranch’s newest Preferred Meeting Facilitator! Please give him a warm welcome and a thorough read. Table Talk: Making the Most of Your Meetings Let’s face it. Work meetings can [...]

Ignite Theatre Presents: Steel Magnolias

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:44+00:00 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 [...]

Women Entrepreneurs: My Kitchen Shrink

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:44+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Entrepreneurs, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We are pleased to present a new blog series featuring Women Entrepreneurs. We meet so many women who are hard- working, tenacious, creative and generous and we want you to meet them too. We ask about life, inspiration and curiosity and they answer as we would expect. With honesty and amazing spirit! Our first fabulous guest [...]

Ranch Hand Spotlight: AJ

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:44+00:00 August 12th, 2015|Categories: Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ranch Hand Spotlight: AJ LeSage Catalyst Ranch is staffed by an incredible team of quirky characters known as Ranch Hands. Creative individuals are drawn to Catalyst Ranch’s colorful workspace, diverse clientele, and co-workers of similar sensibility. Ranch Hand Spotlight is an occasional blog series that invites you to take a sneak peek behind the scenes. Meet [...]

projectMUSIC

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:45+00:00 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 [...]