Personal and Professional Productivity in the Digital Age

By | May 9th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Personal and Professional Productivity in the Digital Age with Amanda Neely Are you… drowning in piles? feeling overwhelmed? under-valued? in over your head? Is your life characterized by… busyness? too much stuff to do? too many ideas that never get accomplished? Stop taking this productivity tip and that efficiency trick and never making progress. Learn to [...]

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

By | 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 [...]

NAWBO: The Talent Emergency

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

The Talent Emergency: The 5 Fundamental Truths to the Future of the Human Side of Profitability NAWBO Member and Author, Nicole Martin will talk to her newly released book, “THE TALENT EMERGENCY,” on how we are living through the biggest shift of human capital in our lifetimes. Businesses are facing multigenerational, multicultural dynamics in addition to [...]

The 10(0) Things Entrepreneurs Should Always/Never Do

By | April 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  The 10(0) Things Entrepreneurs Should Always/Never Do with Danny Schuman   Come join other Chicago entrepreneurs as we put together a list of tips and tools for entrepreneurial success. It'll be a fun and productive event to share what you know and learn what you don't. Each person will leave with his or her own [...]

3 Big, Easy Tips for a Green Meeting

By | 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" [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Do You Really Know Thoughtly Crew?

By | 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 [...]