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Halloween Isn’t Spooky with Ignite Chicago. . .

By | 2017-09-28T20:01:01+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's Speaktacular! Ignite Chicago October is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. [...]

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End of Summer Means Ignite Chicago is Back!

By | 2017-09-01T15:24:50+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stand Up and Be Heard! Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood [...]

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Catalyst Ranch’s Latest Overcomer: Achieving Success Despite Circumstances

By | 2017-07-06T16:58:41+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Employees, Inspire, July, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Catalyst Ranch's Latest Overcomer: Achieving Success Despite Circumstances by Drea Holland The road to obtaining my Masters degree was a long and often trying one. I often felt like quitting was a better option than sticking it out. There were so many times that I wanted to quit and give up, but I managed to push [...]

Rebellious Magazine’s Annual Red & Wild Feminist Prom Fundraiser

By | 2017-05-05T16:26:51+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Did you skip your high school prom? Did you go & hate it? Create some new prom memories at the most #Rebellious party in town! We’ll have all of the best parts of prom — music, dancing, party pics — but with booze! And fabulous raffle prizes. Dress up, dress down, wear what you want. Come [...]

Don’t be an April Fool – Come to Ignite Chicago and Be Heard!

By | 2017-04-13T20:17:58+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. Your voice cracks for [...]

How The Beatles Nearly Ruined My Life… and David Bowie Saved It

By | 2017-04-17T17:58:36+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  How The Beatles Nearly Ruined My Life… and David Bowie Saved It  Written and Performed by Ben Hollis with musical support by John Siegle Directed by Paul Quinn   Too late to live the life you were meant to live? “Frick No!” says Ben Hollis. The eight-time Emmy-winner (Wild Chicago, WTTW) and local TV legend [...]

Cecilia From Heartfelt Catering on Minority Status Certification

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:26+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: April, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Our preferred weekend catering partner, Heartfelt Catering, recently received minority certification from the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. Owner, Chef Cecelia Hamilton, tells us what inspired her to seek the certification, and how easy it can be! What inspired you to do it? Becoming a minority and/or female certified business has always been on my [...]

3 Big, Easy Tips for a Green Meeting

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:27+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Creative Spaces, Events, Meeting Tip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Believe it or not, for an industry that is all about people and forging connections between them, the Meeting and Event industry generates a lot of waste. From all the handouts, to the food and even where all the furniture comes from, meetings and events leave a fairly sizable carbon footprint. At Catalyst Ranch, "green" [...]

Bring March in Like a Lion with Ignite Chicago!

By | 2017-02-28T18:58:31+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. Your voice cracks for [...]

5 Ways to Brighten Your Work Space

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:27+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Categories: March, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

5 ways to brighten your work space by Kim Jean Time and again we hear the bubbling excitement of voices approaching the elevator on their way out after a successful day of meetings at Catalyst Ranch. The sound of laughter, overhearing meeting attendees talk about the surroundings, how many ideas they’ve generated, how productive they’ve been [...]