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.
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.
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.
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.”
Our Recent Coverage
From a small town in Pakistan, Waqas Ali shares his journey to creating his company HOMETOWN. He talks about how he went from being a disengaged student in a small town to someone who made a difference.
Arthur Woods illustrates the difference between a job, career and a calling. He tells his story about how he transitioned from a job to a career and ultimately, to his calling at
MEET OUR TEAM
- CEO & Founder
Founded CatalystCreativ: October 2012
Where I call home: LA 50%, Vegas 25%, Conferences around America 25%
The best part of my job is: Meeting and working with amazing people
- Events & Production Manager
Started CatalystCreativ: January 2014
Where I call home: LA 60%, Las Vegas 30%, Producing Catalyst events around America 10%
The best part of my job is: Creating experiences that inspire and promote collaboration.
- Events & Production Coordinator
Started CatalystCreativ: January 2014
Where I call home: Vegas 100%
The best part of my job is: Being able to make an impact on the community.
Katie Vander Ark
- Community Manager
Started CatalystCreativ: October 2013
Where I call home: Vegas 90%, LA 5%, Seattle 5%
The best part of my job is: Making a difference through creating a solid community.
- Director of Events & Production
Started CatalystCreativ: January 2013Where I call home: Chicago 75%, Vegas 10%, Producing Catalyst events around America 15%
The best part of my job is: Creating beautiful events that leave an impression.
- Communications Manager
Started CatalystCreativ: February 2013
Where I call home: NYC 85%, Vegas 10%, San Francisco 5%
The best part of my job is: Choosing the right speakers for events and training them.
- Creativ Manager
Started CatalystCreativ: August 2013
Where I call home: Connecticut 85%, NYC 10%, Vegas 5%
The best part of my job is: Creating visual identities for us and our brands.