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Work Space Matters. Ask Kira and Matt!

By |2019-04-04T12:03:35-05:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Creative Spaces, Employees, Interviews, Meet, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We don’t know for sure, but we’re guessing there hasn’t ever been an alien invasion or intergalactic supervillain threatening the Meetings Industry, but just in case, we’re ready with our own team of superheroes, who know first hand that your work space matters. In February, we DOUBLED our roster of Client Service Managers when our veteran, [...]

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Sea Moss. Simplicity. the MOSSUM Sweetie!

By |2019-03-21T13:30:53-05:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Employees, Interviews, Meet, Meetings, Menus|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Are you thinking about food RIGHT. THIS. SECOND? Probably. At this point with nutrition and meal-related advertising coming at you from all angles, you’d be hard-pressed not to have your diet on your mind. How soon is Lunch? Am I hydrated? Was that bagel the best choice? Did I make a wrong move? How much longer [...]

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Circling Back with Art Maven MJ!

By |2019-02-27T12:20:34-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Interviews, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today we're having a FlashBack Friday and returning to our great friend MJ Ernst—truly one of our Catalyst Ranch family. Back in December 2015, we blogged an interview with this multi-hyphenate artist as we debuted the gorgeous Catalyst Ranch 2016 Coloring Book Calendar she illustrated for us.And what an apropos #FBF too, since she'll be leading two [...]

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Breakfast and Beyond: A New Take!

By |2019-01-18T21:05:31-05:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We’ve got new tricks up our sleeve for our clients! One of the things we truly all got behind at our 2019 Strategic Planning sessions was the priority to bring even more healthy and natural items to all aspects of our food service, including our breakfast, lunch and snack offerings. Get ready to see plenty of nut mixes, [...]

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Our 2018 Chicago Ideas Week Short List

By |2018-09-27T20:11:53-05:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Calendar, Catalyst Ranch, Creativity, Events, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Newsletter, October, Teach, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's our favorite time of year, y'all! No, we're not talking about sweater-weather autumn. We're talking about the approach of this year's Chicago Ideas Week, which of course brings with it our 2018 Chicago Ideas Week Short List! This annual festival is coming round' the mountain, kicking off on October 15. Chicago Ideas Week gathers over 200 global [...]

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Facilitator Spotlight: Ah Ha!

By |2018-05-14T19:50:11-05:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Consultants, Create, Creative, Creativity, Facilitator, Interviews, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Facilitator Spotlight: Ah Ha! What is Ah Ha! and what do you do? Ah Ha! has been facilitating insight and innovation for over 20 years! We are a facilitation and consulting company that works to inspire people, connect knowledge and illuminate possibilities. Our custom-designed, facilitated sessions can include qualitative research, ideation, design thinking and strategic planning. [...]

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Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By |2018-04-26T16:54:21-05:00February 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 [...]

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Esther Choy on “Should I Really Admit This?”

By |2018-04-26T16:54:22-05:00January 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 [...]

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The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By |2018-04-26T16:54:22-05:00December 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 [...]

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Meet Kim Jean

By |2018-04-26T16:54:22-05:00December 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 [...]

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