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When Community Gathers: Black History in Chicago

When we reflect on Black history in America, we at Catalyst Ranch can’t help but recognize the importance of the spaces where Black joy, creativity and community thrive; the spaces where Black culture and achievement flourish. After all, it was in Chicago, at the Wabash Avenue YMCA in Bronzeville, where Carter G. Woodson and [...]

By |2024-02-28T20:34:51-06:00February 28th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Food for Thought: Reflection on Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year – Peach Fuzz

At this time last year we pulled you into the straight-up party that was Pantone’s Viva Magenta. But for their 2024 Color of the Year, the Pantone color experts have predicted a year of Peach Fuzz. The vibe of this new hue is just as juicy and ripe for inspiration as Magenta. Let’s use [...]

By |2024-05-23T07:47:22-05:00January 17th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Casserole Potluck: An Uplifting Team-Building Activity

The creative life of our social media pilot Bryan, like that of many other Ranch staffers, goes well beyond the Catalyst confines. He shared with the Creative Juice Blog an inspiring team-building activity he created for his teaching artist colleagues in Chicago. With the holidays in full swing, I’m reminded of an uplifting team-building [...]

By |2024-03-05T20:02:18-06:00December 1st, 2023|Categories: Holidays, Meeting Tip, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|

A Portrait of Summer 2023

We’ve been savoring these somewhat in-between days which happen after Labor Day and before the autumn equinox, i.e., the more scientific end of summer. But lo and behold, we're staring that milestone in the face — the autumn equinox is today, September 22 — and it’s still hard to let summer go. We dwell in this [...]

By |2023-09-22T14:33:54-05:00September 22nd, 2023|Categories: Meetings, Special Events, Uncategorized|

Mental Health Resources

We’re thankful for an industry where we get to meet so many people and create community and connection into different industries and spheres. Human connection is such a huge part of cultivating mental wellness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we’re bringing some attention to resources and communities whose work we have high regard [...]

By |2022-05-27T21:45:50-05:00May 27th, 2022|Categories: Inspire, Meet, Tip, Uncategorized|

Love is Best Celebrated at Catalyst Ranch

We're not a drug store. Our colorful accoutrement isn't seasonal, and the bits and bobs that give you the warm-and-fuzzies don't get shelved on a clearance rack after February 14! On the contrary, LOVE is in the air all year round at Catalyst Ranch. Our environment has just the right recipe of joy and creativity [...]

By |2022-02-16T21:52:13-06:00February 16th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Ranch Anniversary: It’s a Family Affair

Like Christmas, our staff look forward to early November every year. That's because it marks the Catalyst Ranch Anniversary, which we traditionally celebrate with a big party. All our Ranch Hand personnel join in putting on the festivities—for Ranch friends and clients alike—but make no mistake: We also get to enjoy the party ourselves. It's [...]

By |2021-11-10T16:56:23-06:00November 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow: The importance of Strategic Planning Meetings

Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow: The importance of Strategic Planning Meetings We’re just a few months away from the end of what has been a truly tumultuous two years. As we look towards the future, it is more important than ever to take stock and start the process of recrafting your company’s direction for the year ahead [...]

By |2021-10-07T12:18:04-05:00October 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Go Small or Go Home: Why You Should Shorten Your Meeting Attendee List

Quality vs. Quantity; a simple premise but with ubiquitous applications. In the realm of meetings, whether in-person or hybrid, it’s important to keep in mind when you begin your planning process how many people need to be included. In her book, The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker emphasized the idea of the “Purpose-driven list”. When deciding [...]

By |2021-09-14T10:31:36-05:00September 13th, 2021|Categories: Meeting Tip, Meetings, Uncategorized|

Unique Special Events

Unique Special Events Your wedding day is one of the most important in your life and it will be one you remember forever. But it takes an extra special bit of flare to make it a day that your friends and family remember forever, too. The same goes for any event you [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:30:12-05:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Inspire, Special Events, Uncategorized, Weddings|
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