Chicago Happenings

August  - Catalyst Ranch’s Unique 2014 Calendar 
Celebrate Discovery Day on August 18th and other holidays from around the world with us!

Working Health  - September 4, 2014 
You are Invited! Healthful Habits and Catalyst Ranch invite you to an evening of health and wellness.

Leading the Transformational Retreat  - September 8, 2014
In this highly interactive session, you will learn and work with 6 questions that will change the way you think about retreat planning.  

Sales Leadership Seminar with JHW Hospitality Consulting - September 16, 2014 

JHW Hospitality Sales Leadership Seminars introduce management techniques necessary to succeed in motivating, leading, and evaluating a sales team.

The Doodle Institute Mini Session: Sketchbook Basics  - September 18, 2014 
Join The Doodle Institute for Sketchbook Basics and discover the wonderful world of doodling.

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Working Health

Employee Life and Health Redefined

September 4, 2014




eatreatlfoodHealthful Habits and Catalyst Ranch invite you to an evening of health and wellness. Enjoy a four-course gourmet meal and wine pairing. Be part of a discussion with a panel of experts outlining the benefits of integrated health, decoding health & beauty products and plant based foods.


Working Health is an opportunity to learn about important tools and meaningful exercise that you and your employees can use in your daily lives to relieve stress both at work and at home. Rejuvenate your employees (and yourself) and create a healthy, happy and productive workplace. Learn unique ways to engage your employees in a healthier way of living from some of the top experts in the health and wellness industry.




Featured Speakers:


Dr. T Colin Campbell



Dr.T. Colin Campbell

New York Times Best-Selling Author of THE CHINA STUDY, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emertus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. (via private Skype session)


Susan Gonzalez



Susan Gonzalez

Nurse, Cancer Survivor, Health Expert, Owner of MOON-Organics natural skin care, Author of 100 Perks of Having Cancer and Creator of Cancer Plan 4 Life



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Gloria Athanis

Partner, Healthful Habits, Health & Wellness Expert, Trained in Energy Work & Meditation



D Anthony Evans




D. Anthony Evans

Spokesperson for Fresh Start for Our Youth, Strength Coach, Cancer Survivor & Awareness Advocate, Author, Inspirational Speaker




Cooking with Chef HC:


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Master Chef HC Choi

Leading vegan chef and partner of Healthful Habits, Chef HC will conduct an interactive cooking demo of delicious, clean, plant based foods.








Thursday, September 4, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Cost: $100; includes 4 course gourmet meal prepared by Chef HC Choi, wine pairings and health and wellness gifts


Event is limited to 50 guests


A portion of the proceeds will support Fresh Start for Our Youth, a non-profit organization that supports at risk youth struggling with health & addiction issues.

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Special thanks to our sponsors:


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Visit Healthful Habits to learn more about health and wellness initiatives!

September 4, 2014,

Leading the Transformational Retreat

September 8, 2014



What if your next retreat was a major turning point for your organization? Whether you are taking on a new role, team, or initiative, or want to establish a fresh level of energy and focus for your organization, the way you plan, speak about, and manage your next leadership retreat can be a powerful investment in your future success. A corporate retreat can stimulate thoughts of exotic locales, lengthy slide presentations and seemingly frivolous exercises. Yet, a retreat can be a transformative tool for setting a new tone and direction, impacting how people communicate and think about their roles within a team. It can infuse renewed enthusiasm and commitment into how your people operate, expanding what’s possible together.



How you engage with your people can make all the difference.



You are invited to a seminar on The Power of Transformational Retreats. In this highly interactive session, you will learn and work with 6 questions that will change the way you think about retreat planning.



This session is highly recommended for leaders:
• In new roles
• Of newly formed teams
• Who wish to set a new direction
• Of merged organizations
• Who need people to operate at a higher magnitude of creativity, collaboration, efficiency or customer focus
• Who need to transform a situation, a culture



Monday, September 8, 2014

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Cost: $80


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Seminar Leaders

Anil Saxena and Jackie Sloane, our presenters, are seasoned leadership and transformation consultants who have worked with leaders to create, launch, sell, and implement successful transformation initiatives. They have served leaders at privately held, public sector, not-for-profit, and Fortune 300 organizations in most industries, including: communications, consumer products, education, manufacturing, medical, pharmaceutical, publishing, retail. Their clients include Abbott, Accenture, Bank of America, Campbell’s, Comcast, Deloitte, DeVry, Grant Thornton, Hot Mama’s Foods, Hollister, Hospira, PepsiCo, Purdue University Calumet, Navistar, Safer Foundation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Underwriter’s Laboratories, Walgreen’s, and many others.



Jackie SloaneJackie Sloane specializes in enhancing the ability of leaders to achieve significant results and greater well-being through how they engage others, communicate, and cultivate relationships.  She has over 25 years’ experience in executive coaching, leadership development, communication, and engagement consulting. The Generative Leadership Communication program she developed has been credited with unleashing creativity and innovation, and reducing production time at client organizations. She has served leaders, teams and groups at privately-held, nonprofit, and Fortune 300 firms in a variety of industries, including academia, consumer products, financial, manufacturing, professional services, pharmaceutical, medical/medical products, publishing, and retail. She has created and delivered leadership retreats, culture change, engagement consulting, and leadership and professional development programs for Abbott, Accenture, Comcast, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, Hollister, Navistar, PepsiCo, Purdue University Calumet, University of Indianapolis Alumni Association, Lincoln Park Business Development Institute, Navistar, Pepsico, University of Illinois at Chicago, and many client organizations. She is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, holds two coach certifications, including Master Certified Coach, has a Certificate in the Executive Team Alignment Process and is certified by the Center for Creative Leadership to facilitate use of the Center’s assessment tools. She has completed many coaching, leadership and communication programs.



UntitledAs the Senior Consultant with Cube 214 Consulting, Anil Saxena partners with client companies on all types of organizational changes, including talent management initiatives, major department reorganizations, and technology shifts, developing highly successful change management programs.  He works with clients to increase both customer and employee engagement, while decreasing turnover, improving customer retention, and increasing profitability within organizations. With more than 18 years of experience in organizational change, development, and talent management, Saxena provides valuable insight and best practices in a common sense and easy to understand style. His focus is on ensuring that all coaching, training, and development can be applied immediately. Anil employs a creative and enthusiastic approach to training, encouraging participants to learn in an enjoyable, relaxed environment. He has held Change Management leadership positions in major companies such as BP, Discover, and Gallup. Recent clients include DeVry, True Value, CME, Purdue University Calumet, AM Castle, Underwriters Laboratories, Safer Foundation, McDonald’s, Cole-Palmer, Fisher Scientific, Campbell’s, Hospira, Rotary International, and Walgreens. He is a graduate of IIT, has served as an Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine, teaching management development, change management, and organizational change, and has a Master Certificate in leading organizational change from Northwestern University.


September 8, 2014,


Sales Leadership Seminar

September 16, 2014




Mastering Sales Management

Being an effective Sales Manager requires skills different than those of a great sales rep. Instead of being a lone ranger, Sales Managers must develop a team’s full potential and foster a culture of outreach. Successful Sales Managers learn to educate, energize, and empower a team to reach its greatest heights.



JHW Hospitality Sales Leadership Seminars introduce management techniques necessary to succeed in motivating, leading, and evaluating a sales team. Each topic is presented with a tactical, hands-on approach that ensures smooth growth.



Who Should Attend?
New managers, experienced leaders, entrepreneurs, mentors, and business owners will all benefit from these essential tools.


What Are the Benefits?

  • Learn to effectively communicate company vision and expectations.
  • Sharpen strategies to fuel your team’s confidence and desire to learn.
  • Track sales activities and measure group and individual performances.
  • Develop your employees’ abilities to build client loyalty.



Why Now? 

The short-term benefit will be a strong fourth quarter and the successful launch of 2015. The long-term benefit will be the creation of a path to sustained revenue growth. Can you afford to delay excellence?


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Tuition: $95 per attendee

Early Bird Rate: $85 (register by Tuesday, September 2)

Team Discount: 10% off for 3 or more attendees from the same company


September 16, 2014,

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Mini Session: Sketchbook Basics

September 18, 2014


Discover the wonderful world of doodling. We created this as the first in the series to guide you through the basics of how to draw. We have heard thousands of people say, “I can’t draw.” You CAN.


DI_Events_Sketchbook_basicsWe believe you can and we will show you how. Once you know the basics, there are literally hundreds of ways you can apply it from early childhood, elementary and secondary school and well into your adult life. From infancy to industry, doodling has practical and powerful applications. Mathematicians and scientists use doodles to explain complex theories and equations. Business people use doodles to map business plans and strategies. Across the globe, people from all walks of life are doodling to help them communicate – to give visual representation and meaning to their ideas and to help others. Doodles help people innovate. Doodling has been around forever. Just look at the cave walls and you will see that we, as people, need to communicate using drawings. Doodling connects your hand and mind, which enhances your ability to absorb new information, process it, and remember it later. Doodling can help you unlock your hopes and dreams.




Session Objectives:


- Learn the basics of the drawing shapes, people and color.
- Create simple, colorful and dynamic diagrams.
- Build roadmaps and flow charts designed for ideation.
- Discover the power of arts and healing.
- Explore tools you can use to build your doodle toolkit.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Cost: $30


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2014_Diane_Durand_VizWorld_Headshot_smDiane Durand is a woman of many talents which include facilitator, doodler, teacher, mentor, graphic facilitator and spiritual business leader. Her mission is to unlock all whiteboards for business, healthcare, education and families. As a leading visual facilitator, Diane believes when you connect pen to paper you have the power to access insight, intuition and inspiration.



She is President, Managing Director & Lead Facilitator at Discovery Doodles, LLC and Chief Transformation Officer for She facilitates workshops with leaders across business, healthcare and education, inspiring people to discover, dream and doodle. Diane has been artist-in-residence for TEDMED events, leading conversations around the ever-changing healthcare landscape. The National Association of Professional Woman named Diane 2013-2014 Woman of Year for Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to her profession and the advancement of women.

September 18, 2014,