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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

Connecting the Right People at the Right Time – Josh Johnson, Infuence & Co

In his talk from June Catalyst Week, Josh Johnson discusses the importance of wanting to provide and add value to every person you meet. Through sharing personal stories, Johnson explains how he learned to reassess the way he was approaching relationships, and consequently,

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DTLV Spotlight: Bud & Vine

One of the newest editions to the Downtown Las Vegas scene, Bud & Vine is a community flower shop and then some.  While Christina and John’s passion can be seen in their beautiful array of florals, Bud & Vine’s shop is further outfitted with a curated selection of plants, gifts, and small, whimsical items for the home (we love their candles :) ).  Each item they carry is crafted by makers in the US, with most of

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Creative Minorities and the Waterfalls of Change – Michael Lai, Harvard Graduate

When Michael Lai started his first flash mob Freshman year at Harvard, he was merely trying to meet the requirements for one of his courses. However, Lai soon learned that those four minutes of Freshman fall transformed the way he felt about social change. In his June Catalyst Week talk, Lai discusses the power of a small group of creative minorities working together to produce

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Catalyst Week Speaker Series: John Zanzarella, Silverback Social

Co-curator John Zanzarella speaks to our June Catalyst Week audience about the power of taking fate into one’s own hands. This is not a lecture about success, but a story about how he created habits to not only prepare himself for opportunity, but eventually,

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What Do You Stand For? – Chris Dessi, Silverback Social

June Catalyst Week co-curator Chris Dessi shares his inspiring journey of taking control of his own destiny, both professionally and personally. Dessi proves that you shouldn’t be afraid to feel like a loser, get a little bit angry, and not ask for permission to take control and transform your

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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

Cindy Yang

  • Events & Production Coordinator
    Email: cindy@catalystcreativ.com
    Started CatalystCreativ: April 2014
    Where you can find me: Las Vegas 100%
    The best part of my job is: Seeing how excited our guests get when they come to the experiences we’ve created.
    Professional Profile: Click Here

Reyna Godoy

  • Director of Events & Production
    Email: reyna@catalystcreativ.com
    Started CatalystCreativ: January 2014
    Where you can find me: 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.
    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

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.
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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.
    Professional Profile: Click Here

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