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

By | 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 [...]

Bring March in Like a Lion with Ignite Chicago!

By | 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 | 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 [...]

Coffee & Conversation

By | February 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Join C&C in February as we link up at Catalyst Ranch, an amazing event space in Chicago, to bring you another edition of community building over a cup of coffee! Saturday, February 18, 2017 Catalyst Ranch 656 W Randolph St 10:00am-1:00pm (drop in any time) Coffee provided! Coffee & Conversation is a Chicago-based community of entrepreneurs and [...]

Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | 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 [...]

Crafting a Brief & Brilliant Introduction With Leadership Story Lab

By | January 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Leadership Storytelling 101 Crafting a Brief and Brilliant Introduction Question. After listening to a typical PowerPoint presentation, how much information do you recall? Chances are, not too much. No, there is nothing wrong with your memory. For over 25 years now, we have known that data is up to 20 times more likely to be remembered [...]

Your Own Plastic Recycling Workshop!

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Create, Entrepreneurs, January, Teach, Uncategorized, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"In case you didn't notice. . " Everywhere you go, grocery stores are using less plastic bags, companies are reducing the use of plastic in their water and soda bottles, and eco-friendly companies are finding new ways to transport their products. The next logical question for someone concerned with the well-being of the planet and his or [...]

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 [...]

The Surprising World of Your Creative Mind

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, Meetings, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Catalyst Ranch is celebrating its 14th anniversary, and for all that time, we have understood the importance of environment.  We have colorful fuzzy pipe cleaners on the tables to bend into fun shapes.  Ethnic and contemporary art decorates every wall.  We have coffee brewing and elaborate snack services to satisfy smell and taste, and lively conversation [...]

Meeting Planner Spotlight – Juan Phillips

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Interviews, Meeting Planner Spotlight, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

As a meeting and events facility, we at Catalyst Ranch have the pleasure of working with Meeting Planners every day.  It occurred to us that these hard-working behind-the-scenes go-getters receive as much recognition as a gaffer on the set of Law & Order.  So we are setting out to change that! This is the first in [...]