Chicago Happenings

September  - Catalyst Ranch’s Unique 2014 Calendar 
Celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21st and other holidays from around the world with us!

The Doodle Institute Mini Session: You Can Doodle - October 9, 2014 
Join The Doodle Institute for You Can Draw and build on the basics of doodling to understand more about the history of drawing.

Leaders Open Doors with Author, Bill Treasurer - November 11, 2014 
Join us for the next installment of our Make Book Series, Leaders Open Doors with Bill Treasurer.

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Mini Session: You Can Doodle

October 9, 2014


You will build on the basics of doodling to understand more about the history of drawing. Once you know the history, you can define, build, enhance or create your own personal style.



DI_Events_You_Can_DoodleEveryone has a visual pattern language of how they tell a story. In this course, you will dive into lessons on the history, practice and theory of visual learning. We will explore the many ways that stories have been captured over the centuries and look at how story impacted your own life and childhood. Then we will break down all the mechanics of doodling and drawing to understand all the different ways you can doodle for various audiences. The course will include assignments to enhance your ability to draw on just about anything and we will discuss all the types of tools you can use to build your own unique toolkit of markers, pens, pastels and paper.




Session Objectives:


- Learn the history of doodling and sharing stories.
- Understand the magic and power of the way you doodle.
- Play with some creative ways you can layout a page.
- Build your own visual vocabulary.
- Discover all the tools available to you for doodling.




Thursday, October 9, 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.

October 9, 2014,

Leaders Open Doors

with Author Bill Treasurer


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014




Leaders open doors book



Leadership is the most over-analyzed, thoroughly dissected, and utterly confused topic in business. The expectations leaders are judged against have become unrealistic and overly complicated, causing people to opt out of the chance to lead. Bill Treasurer is out to change all that. Drawing on two decades of experience, along with the concepts introduced in his groundbreaking book, Leaders Open Doors, Bill Treasurer shows how leaders help people and organizations grow by creating meaningful learning opportunities. People and organizations grow and develop when they intentionally pursue goals and challenges that stretch their skills and test their mettle. The leaders job is to create those opportunities.






What You’ll Learn:

  • Leadership essentials that anyone can use to have more influence.
  • Practical approaches for getting people to shift from being problem-solvers to opportunity-creators.
  • Ready to use tips for inspiring a culture of leadership and accountability.
  • Why opening doors of opportunity is the most important job of a leader.




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago

Cost: $30 (All proceeds to benefit Children’s Charities)

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Bill Treasurer HeadshotBill Treasurer is chief encouragement officer (CEO) of Giant Leap Consulting and the author of Courage Goes to Work, an international best-seller that introduced the new management practice of courage-building.


For over two decades Treasurer has designed leadership and succession programs for clients such as NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, CNN, Hugo Boss, the CDC, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the U.S. Veterans Administration. Prior to Giant Leap, Treasurer was an executive Accenture, a $29 billion management consulting firm. He became Accenture’s first full-time executive coach.

Treasurer is a former captain of the US High Diving Team, a cancer survivor, and the father of three children. He is a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, which includes his daughter.


November 11, 2014,

September 2014 Calendar


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