• Our mission is to create more active participants in making the world a better place.
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About Us

CatalystCreativ is a community design firm that builds community for cities, brands and movements through educational and inspirational events. Our mission is to create more active participants

in making the world a better place.






We offer four unique solutions to help our clients address their community needs:

Community Scan

Research your brand/organization and your current community, create a profile of your target audience, and develop a proposal to activate and engage your community to a new level.


Leverage Our Network

Assess our network of 30,000 individuals, conduct targeted outreach to individuals who match your target demographic, and handpick the perfect speakers and attendees for your event or activation.


Content Creation

Develop programming that is educational, impactful, inspirational and memorable, and curate and train all speakers and panelists.


Activations & Events

Full event ideation and design (including venue selection and set/lighting/floral), as well as invitation design and management and on-site logistics and execution.

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Catalyst Week Downtown

Founded in 2012 in partnership with Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, CatalystCreativ is a community design firm that builds community through events, partnerships, activations and conversations.

Our mission with Downtown Project is:

  • to provide a window for the rest of the world into the project
  • to create unique and meaningful experiences in Downtown Las Vegas
  • to encourage guests to engage with the project beyond Catalyst Week and spread the message of Downtown Project to their own communities.

We are mostly recognized for Catalyst Week and Creativ Week, our monthly events and speaker series of carefully selected influencers, which inspire and educate the Downtown Las Vegas community.

Ripple of Impact

Hire CatalystCreativ to help you create a ripple of impact – here’s how:

  • Attend a Catalyst Week or Creativ Week

Catalyst Week: for changemakers, influencers, and social entrepreneurs

Creativ Week: for influencers specifically working in creative industries such as media, arts, design, and entertainment

  • Co-curate a Catalyst Week or Creativ Week with us

Work side by side with our team

Allow us to gain insight into your community and your needs

  • Hire us to plan your next big conference in the style of Catalyst Week using the city of Downtown LV as a landscape
  • Bring us on as your community design firm to help you create a ripple of impact in your community and the world

Our work is based on an educational methodology, rooted in the belief that we can create events that encourage and increase engagement. This engagement is what we ultimately strive to measure, and as a company we have studied a taxonomy of engagement that includes seven distinct levels.


When we strategize and ideate for a client , we design and execute all events, activations and campaigns as classrooms. Within that classroom we create customized experiences with a specific curriculum, the end goal of which is to engage participants around making a difference.


We strive to bring the outside world/community into the classroom, and bring the classroom to the outside world/community, since environment based education is proven to result in higher levels of engagement.

Never could I have imagined – as corny as this may sound – how much of a catalyst Catalyst Week would be in my life. The changes have been fast and palpable. I’m so grateful to have shared in this experience and for meeting each and every one that I met. A deep heartfelt thanks to the Catalyst team for making this awesome event a reality.”

“What an amazing experience meeting the team, experiencing the magic of Downtown Project, the catalytic power of CatalystCreativ and what collective vision can express.”

“What happens in Vegas… now f’n changes the world!”

“Your energy, your willingness to learn new ideas, and your enthusiasm for making a change in this little world of ours. I walked away with new friends, reconnected with old ones. I definitely have desire to do more in my own community and to help Downtown Project in whatever way I can.”

“The friendships and moments of spontaneous inspiration catalyzed by the experience you’ve constructed are nothing short of magical.”

CatalystCreativ & Downtown Project


During the fourth week of each month, CatalystCreativ partners with a new co-curator individual or organization to create Catalyst Week, an experience for 40 influencers and tastemakers that provide a window into Downtown Project in Las Vegas.

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During the first week of each month, CatalystCreativ partners with a new co-curator individual or organization to create Creativ Week, an experience for 30 Creativ influencers that provides a window into the arts scene in Downtown Las Vegas.

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CatalystCreativ has been fortunate to work with some of the amazing small businesses affiliated with Downtown Project and the Downtown Las Vegas community. Click to read more about our diverse portfolio of DTP partners.

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CatalystCreativ Blog

DTLV Spotlight: Eat

For almost 20 years, Chef Natalie Young has been cooking in some of the country’s most celebrated kitchens. Now, she’s serving up American comfort food classics in her Downtown Las Vegas restaurant, Eat. Designed to fill a particular void in the Downtown Las Vegas dining scene, Eat’s menu features a delicious mix of breakfasts and lunches with Chef Natalie’s French culinary-trained twist. We’re secretly wishing they’d open for dinner as well!!   Located at the

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Creativ Week Showcase: Jillian Austin, Secret Identity Show

In this group talk from August Creativ Week, Jillian Austin demonstrates the power of transmedia storytelling through one of her Secret Identity Show characters, Lex

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Companies We Love: EKOCYCLE™

Created through the joined efforts of will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company, EKOCYCLE™ is an organization focused on inspiring brands and individuals to create and invest in new products made in part from recycled materials.   The EKOCYCLE brand initiative supports recycling by helping consumers recognize that items they consider waste today may be a part of a lifestyle product they can use tomorrow. With a dedication to supporting a more sustainable environment, the EKOCYCLE brand

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ROI Series: Michael Lai

At CatalystCreativ, we look at 'ROI' a bit differently than most. Instead of measuring the success of our actions through the typical Return on Investment used by most companies, we focus on the "Ripple of Impact"- how our events produce a meaningful impact on the lives of our attendees. Our ROI Blog Series was created to highlight members of the CC community discussing how their experiences in Downtown Las Vegas produced a Ripple of Impact,

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Creativ Week Showcase: Maceo Paisley, Citizens of Culture

In his presentation from August Creativ Week, performer and entrepreneur Maceo Paisley discusses creativity, curation, and curiosity in this blended mix of talk, poetry, and

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Amanda Slavin

  • CEO & Founder
    Email: amanda@catalystcreativ.com
    Founded CatalystCreativ: October 2012
    Where you can find me: LA 20%, Vegas 60%, Conferences around America 20%
    The best part of my job is: Meeting and working with amazing people
    Professional Profile: Click Here

Katie Vander Ark

  • Community Manager
    Email: katie@catalystcreativ.com
    Started CatalystCreativ: October 2013
    Where you can find me: Vegas 90%, LA 5%, Seattle 5%
    The best part of my job is: Making a difference through creating a solid community.
    Professional Profile: Click Here

Evelyn Sabino

  • Communications & Events Manager
    Email: evelyn@catalystcreativ.com
    Started CatalystCreativ: September 2014
    Where you can find me: 75% Las Vegas, 25% Exploring New Places
    The best part of my job is: Enjoying meaningful conversations with global influencers
    Professional Profile: Click Here

Robert Fowler

  • Senior Vice President
    Email: robert@catalystcreativ.com
    Started CatalystCreativ: January 2013
    Where you can find me: Vegas 60%, New York 30%, Producing Catalyst events around America 10%
    The best part of my job is: Creating beautiful events that leave an impression.
    Professional Profile: Click Here

Mike Mason

  • Creativ Manager
    Email: mike@catalystcreativ.com
    Started CatalystCreativ: August 2013
    Where you can find me: Connecticut 85%, NYC 10%, Vegas 5%
    The best part of my job is: Creating visual identities for us and our brands.
    Professional Profile: Click Here

Danielle Robin

  • Content & Programming Manager
    Email: danielle@catalystcreativ.com
    Started CatalystCreativ: February 2013
    Where you can find me: NYC 85%, Vegas 10%, San Francisco 5%
    The best part of my job is: Choosing the right speakers for events and training them.
    Professional Profile: Click Here

Nicole Baker

  • Content Coordinator
    Email: nicole@catalystcreativ.com
    Started CatalystCreativ: May 2014
    Where you can find me: New York 50%, Connecticut 50%
    The best part of my job is: Sharing our company’s mission with others through social media outreach.
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