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Catalyst Ranch’s Unique 2016 Calendar – February
Be inspired each month by creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art with our 2016 Adult Coloring Calendar. Each month’s drawing will be a collaboration between you and the artist, MJ Ernst.

Ignite Theatre
An on-going diverse series, Ignite Theatre features some classic, some bizarre, some hilarious plays, musicals or other fantastical productions.

Leading the Transformational Retreat  – February 22, 2016
Explore a powerful methodology and learn how your next retreat can be a major turning point for your organization!

Women Who Dare to Make a Difference  – March 8, 2016
Women who Dare to Make a Difference Event on March 8th celebrates women and a few great men who are creative activists, leaders in shaping of our world’s future.

Share the Love  – Coming Summer 2016
We are hosting a shared wedding adventure- Coming Summer 2016. Enter to be one of 10 couples selected to say I Do in front of their own invited guests and a whole bunch of new friends who know how to Share The Love!

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When you’re already the leader in creative space for innovative meetings and events and your venue is in the West Loop, the Chicago neighborhood known as Innovation Alley, how do you take things to the next level?


You do Theatre! You take theatre out of the theater and put it in a space designed to Ignite your Imagination. Catalyst Ranch introduces Ignite Theatre.







Leading the Transformational Retreat

February 22, 2016




Explore a powerful methodology and learn how your next retreat can be a major turning point for your organization!


Taking on a new role, team, or initiative? Need to cultivate a higher level of energy, focus and collaboration within your organization? The way you plan, think, speak about, and manage your next leadership retreat can be a powerful investment in your future success.  Really.


The phrase, “corporate retreat,” may stimulate thoughts of exotic locales, lengthy slide presentations and seemingly frivolous exercises. Yet, a retreat can be a focal point for creating a transformational process, in which you can set a new tone and direction, impacting how people communicate and think about their roles within a team.  A transformational retreat can infuse renewed enthusiasm and commitment into how your people operate, expanding what’s possible together. And accelerate what you are up to.


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 a powerful coaching model based on 6 key questions that will change the way you think about retreat planning.
  • Hear how others utilized the process to shift the way team members think about their roles, the team and how it operates to infuse new energy, enthusiasm, creativity into how they work and what’s possible together – and the unpredictable results they produced
  • Learn powerful questions to ask in your planning process
  • Work on a transformational goal for your organization, as applicable
  • Learn how the way you plan, speaks about, and conduct the retreat can accelerate what you are seeking to accomplish in your organization
  • Explore/identify/discuss structures to put in place to achieve and sustain the outcome
  • Reflect on what might need to be changed in the organizational structure to facilitate success
  • Clarify your role in the process
  • Develop the basic outlines of a plan


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, February 22, 2016


12:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Please plan to arrive by 11:45 to get your lunch, get settled and meet your seminar colleagues!)


Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago


Cost: $160 (Tuition includes light sandwich/salad lunch, and brief networking as we begin, 6-step coaching model workbook, electronic version of the workbook for you to use in the future, electronic project plan document, one-on-one pre-seminar introduction/intake phone conversation with one of the seminar leaders and follow up phone call after the session to support you in getting the most out of the seminar.)

Number of RSVP’s


To get the most out of the program, consider inviting your leadership team!(Please contact the presenters or Catalyst Ranch with any dietary restrictions.)

Preregistration reflection: Please come to the session having thought about: Why is there an urgent need for transformation in my/my client’s organization? What’s at stake?

“Engaging Jackie and Anil to assist in the process to transform the way we think about our work together in the Office of Advancement was a key step in our continuous improvement journey. During our staff retreat, they helped us to identify organizational and cultural barriers to success. They helped also to build a new vocabulary that supports shared accountability for improvement.” Regina D. Biddings-Muro, Vice Chancellor, Advancement, Purdue University Calumet


“Where has this been all my life? How many board retreats have I sat through–some ineffective, some inspiring–only to see nothing change afterward? Jackie and Anil have created a path for success that is holistic and realistic.”  Kathleen Flanagan, President, Leadership Communication


Seminar Leaders


Jackie Sloane and Bruce Runnfeldt 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, healthcare, pharmaceutical, publishing, retail. Their clients include Abbott, Accenture, AkzoNobel the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Bank of America, Campbell’s, Comcast, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, the Internal Revenue Service, Hollister, PepsiCo, Purdue University Calumet, Navistar, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and many others.


JacJackie Sloanekie 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, Purdue University North Central, University of Indianapolis Alumni Association, Lincoln Park Business Development Institute, 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 wrote the Executive Coach column for Executive Travel, an American Express/Time Inc. publication, for five years. She has completed many coaching, leadership and communication programs. She holds two coach certifications, including Master Certified Coach, has a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, has completed graduate work at Columbia College.




BruceBruce Runnfeldt has extensive experience in creating and implementing organizational change solutions, and serving training and development needs on a wide variety of topics including leadership, management and supervision, sales and sales management, communication, interpersonal relationships, customer relations, and team-building.  He has developed and implemented numerous corporate-wide programs, including performance appraisals, employee involvement strategies, and management development systems.  His consultation to executives and managers has provided new approaches to many different issues resulting in increased individual and organizational effectiveness. Prior to founding the management consulting firm, InnerChange, Incorporated, Bruce served as Corporate Director of Training and Development for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Corporate Manager of Training and Development for Helene Curtis Industries, and worked as a Training Consultant for Abbott Laboratories and Organizational Consultants Inc.  He has served governmental, not-for-profit as well as for-profit entities including AkzoNobel, Bartlett Tree Experts, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago, the Internal Revenue Service, Juvenile Protective Association, Motorola, the National Security Agency, the Museum of Science and Industry, R.R. Donnelley, Rexam, Robert Bosch, Rockford Memorial Hospitals, Snap-on, The University of Chicago, USG, the Veterans Administration and Zeller Plastik.  He has also served as a member of the adjunct graduate faculty in Management and Organizational Behavior at Benedictine University and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Bruce is a graduate of North Park College in Chicago, Illinois and received his Master of Science degree in Administration and Organizational Behavior from George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois.


For more information, or to schedule an internal session on this topic for your organization, email: or call 773-465-5906.


April 6, 2015,

Women Who Dare to Make a Difference

March 8, 2016




The Women who Dare to Make a Difference Event celebrates women (and a few great men) who are creative activists and leaders in the shaping of our world’s future. Hear from 4 Creative Activists: Eva Niewiadomski, Founder and President of Catalyst Ranch;  Jane Ramsey, Founder and President of Just Ventures, a  social justice consulting firm; Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman Angels, a cancer support network;  Maaria Mozaffar, Attorney, Mediator and the Founder of The Skinless Project.


Come network with talented women and  men who share their time, talents and treasures to advocate for a more just and peaceful world. Get your very own signed copy of The Creative Activist by Rae Luskin  which profiles 36 amazing and inspiring individuals including the four above. The book is a toolbox that will help you turn your gifts into positive action and set you on the path to become a confident leader.


Become part of  International Women’s Day global community  celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.



Tuesday, March 8, 2016


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago


Tickets: $25; A light repast will be served, and wine and soft drinks are available. Part of the proceeds will support The Voices and Faces Project .


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Rae is a true leader in using creative expression to nurture self-worth, resilience, healing, and social change.  Rae, a community activist for over 40 years, passionately focuses her lens on improving the lives of women and children. Sharing her personal story of healing from childhood sexual abuse she is committed to being the change she wants to see in the world. She is the author of Art From My Heart and The Creative Activist: Make the World Better, One Person, One Action at a Time. You can find out more at The Winning Adventure.

Share the Love

Coming Summer 2016

Share the love summer


In today’s world, sharing not only makes economic sense, it has become a part of our cultural sensibilities. We share our cars and our homes. We share offices and workspaces; our selfies and our family photos. We share links and statuses; our ideas and our updates.


It’s time we Share the Love!



Are you adventurous at heart? A free spirit? Are you excited by the possibility of making your wedding day an ultra-unique, creative, fabulous and yet somehow affordable affair?



Catalyst Ranch is hosting a shared wedding adventure coming this summer 2016. Enter to be one of 10 couples selected to say I Do in front of their own invited guests and a whole bunch of new friends who know how to Share The Love!


Catalyst Ranch is taking care of the planning. We’ll provide the venue of course; hire the caterer and the Officiant, the photographer, the DJ and the florist. You pick out what you’re going to wear and who you’re going to invite. Each couple gets 10 invited guests.



Don’t worry! There’s room for you to make some of the most important decisions yourselves including the cake flavors and topper, the bouquet and boutonniere, your invitations and a set list for the DJ.



You and your partner will split the entire cost among the rest of our couples. This means you pay one tenth of the price for an entire 120 person wedding including venue, in Downtown Chicago! And you only deal with us. No keeping track of whom you owe what to and when.



Save the money for your honey…moon!



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