You're a leader with big ideas, people to engage, problems to solve, plans to enact, and results to achieve. You need people connected, focused, informed and inspired, ready for change, aligned, skilled and equipped for action. Creative Catalysts energize people to create value for strategic, organizational and social impact.
Creative Catalysts, Inc. has been designing, leading and facilitating strategic learning, planning and change-making since 2000. Founded by Dr. Amy Batiste, we are a strategic design consultancy based in San Antonio and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area helping leaders and groups pursue strategic opportunities and tackle challenges in smart, resourceful and creative ways.
VISION: We envision a world of inclusive leaders making all the difference.
MISSION: Our mission is to generate energy, inspiration, focus and momentum for social impact. We guide leaders and groups in defining, aligning, activating, improving and amplifying social impact-focused strategies.
VALUES: We value trusting relationships, generous welcoming, co-creation, inclusive action, simple done well, and responsible stewardship of resources.
OUR MANTRA: You shine. We shine!
Twenty+ years of experience means that we know something about impact. We’ve helped leaders through countless transformation journeys. We know what it takes to produce the kind of work that makes a meaningful difference and gets results.
We are known for creating and implementing people-centered processes and experiences that go beyond asking what stakeholders need. We involve the people most impacted by actions or change in the process of imagining how organizations will perform better, transform lives, and improve communities.
Design inspires everything we do – from how we source questions and ideas to how we engage stakeholders and facilitate impactful experiences. We use a design lens and creative techniques to power business outcomes.
Realities are more likely to shift, and futures can be imagined with greater clarity when groups can literally see their thoughts, ideas, issues, strategies and work. We are skilled in visual documentation to support program or project design, strategic thinking, consensus, decision-making and transformative action.
We understand that the ultimate outcome of our work is to achieve clear and tangible results. From visioning to action planning, we support implementation by continuously engaging and equipping leaders and groups to reflect, learn and follow through as we accomplish each stage of work.
You benefit from our fresh thinking, ideas and methods.
So you can focus on what’s now, what’s new and what’s next.
And you see your results!
Going in too many directions? One on-one and group strategy sessions give you time and space to focus, prioritize and plan for what’s most important and what’s next.
Need deeper understanding? Entering new territory? Strategic insights help you contextualize situations & opportunities for informed planning and change-making.
Facing a big challenge? A solid meeting design and masterful facilitation help you energize and focus your stakeholders and get the right things done.
Need strategic clarity and direction? Our proven planning frameworks and visual methods help you gain perspective, converge point of view and move from vision to action.
Developing or revitalizing a program or initiative? Our rapid design methods help you create, advance and scale new ideas.
Can’t see the forest for the trees? Real-time visual meeting summaries and infographics help communicate the big picture and accelerate learning and alignment.
Need to inspire action or buy-in for a big idea? Impact stories, visual storymaps and creative presentations are powerful tools for engagement, alignment and change-making.
Need to get unstuck? Anticipating a big change? Convenings, learning and engagement events spark and sustain the momentum needed for greater impact.
Arts & Culture
Buffalo AKG Museum • Dance Theater of Harlem • IntermediaArts Minneapolis • Minneapolis Institute of Art Museum as Site for Social Action • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston • Paine Arts Center • Science Museum of Minnesota • Walker Art Center • Very Special Arts Pennsylvania • Weisman Art Museum • White Bear Center for the Arts
Associations & Professional Service Organizations
AARP • Arizona Employers’ Council • Association of Latino Professional in Finance & Accounting
Association of Nonprofit Executives Tennessee • Associations North • Chicago Human Resource Management Association • Human Resource Management Association Wisconsin • Management Resource Association • Minnesota Social Service Association • INROADS Tennessee • Institute of Food Technologists
Wisconsin State Bar Association • Minnesota Social Service Association • Multicultural Food & Hospitality Alliance • National Association of Independent Schools • National Association of Educational Buyers National Association of Health Executives • National Black MBA Association Nashville Chapter
International Quality & Productivity Center • School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin • Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition • Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council • Tennessee Quality Association
Wisconsin State Bar Association
Business & Professional Services
3M • Belden Charles Inc. • Best Buy • Brady Corporation • BHW & Associates • Briggs & Stratton Corporation Caribou Coffee • Cargill • Case & New Holland Corporation • DeepSEE Consulting • ECCO International
Hollander Enterprises • Deloitte • Foley & Lardner LLP • General Mills • Grassroots Solutions • Grove Consultants International • Godfrey & Kahn SC • Harley-Davidson • HCA/HealthTrust Purchasing Group Innovative Learning Strategies • Johnson Controls Inc. • Kimberly-Clark Corporation • Kohler Company Lucent Technologies • Manpower Inc. • Marshall & Ilsley Corporation • Metavante Corporation • Miller Brewing Company • Milwaukee Brewers • Milwaukee Electric Tool • Modine Manufacturing • OfficeMax
QuadGraphics • Robert W. Baird & Co. • Rockwell Automation • Texaco Star Enterprises • The Business
Journal – Milwaukee • The Ziegler Companies • VJS Construction Services • WellPoint • Wisconsin Energy
Corp. • Yum! Brands
Adler School of Professional Psychology • Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center • Chatham Hall School • Education Post Fisk University • GenerationNext • Greensboro Day School • Fisk University Office of the President • Greensboro Day School • McCalester College Seerie Center • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools • Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Association • Michigan Department of Education • Minneapolis Public Schools • Mounds Park Academy • Saint Paul Public Schools • University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Tennessee Center for Government Training • University of Saint Thomas/Forum on Workplace Inclusion University School of Milwaukee • University of Minnesota CEED • University of Minnesota Center for Family Engagement • University of Tennessee Center for Government Training • University of Texas at San Antonio Alumni Association • University of Wisconsin System/Office of Academic Affairs • Vanderbilt University – Office of Student Affairs • Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management
Faith-Based, Community & Nonprofit Organizations
30,000 Feet • 100 Black Men of Indianapolis • Achieve Minneapolis • African American Leadership Forum – Twin Cities • American Public Media • Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative • Bethlehem Centers of Nashville • Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Southwest • BloodCenter of Wisconsin • BlueCross Blue Shield of Minnesota • CaringBridge • Catholic Eldercare • Center for Nonprofit Management Tennessee • Children & Nature Network • Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin • Community Reinvestment Fund, USA • Downtown Rotary Club Milwaukee • Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr. • Goodwill Industries International • Greater Milwaukee Foundation • Greater Twin Cities United Way • HandsOn Twin Cities KFAI Radio Minneapolis • King Drive Business Improvement District Milwaukee • MACC Alliance & MACC CommonWealth Minneapolis • Meet Minneapolis • Minneapolis Urban League Minnesota African/African-American Tobacco Network • Minnesota Economic Development Association • Minnesota Homeownership • Minnesota Humanities Center • MinneMinds Early Childhood Initiative • Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota • Nashville CARES • Nashville Community Development Corporation • Neighborhoods Organizing for Change • Pillsbury United Communities • Planned Parenthood North Central States • Planned Parenthood Wisconsin • Private Industry Council • Project Reach 2010 • ProsperityNOW • Senior Community Services • St. Paul Youth Services • Take Action Minnesota • Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition • The Directors Council - Des Moines, IA Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity • United Methodist Communications United Methodist Council of Bishops United Migrant Opportunities Center • United Way Worldwide • YMCA Twin Cities Equity Innovation Center • YWCA of Greater Milwaukee • Take Action Minnesota • Twin Cities Pride • United We Rise Conference • VOQAL Youthprise
City of Minneapolis Strategic Workforce Solutions • City of Minneapolis Office of the Mayor
City of Norfolk Office of the City Manager • Minnesota Department of Health • Minnesota Department of Human Services • Minnesota Department of Transportation • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation • Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare • Metropolitan Nashville Health Department • Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital
Blandin Foundation • Community Foundations Leading Change • Council of Michigan Foundations
F.R. Bigelow Foundation • Funders Together to End Homelessness • General Mills • George Family Foundation • GiveMN • Headwaters Foundation for Justice • McKnight Foundation • Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation • Minneapolis Foundation • Minnesota Council on Foundations • Native Americans in Philanthropy • Nexus Community Partners • Northwest Area Foundation • PFUND • Pohlad Family Foundation • Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation • Trillium Family Foundation • Women’s Foundation of Minnesota