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Amanda Slavin is CEO and Founder of CatalystCreativ, a community design firm that builds community for purpose driven ventures, partnered and funded by the Downtown Project, (the 350 million dollar city as a start up project funded by Tony Hsieh) most known for CatalystCreativ's monthly speaker series, Catalyst Week in Downtown Vegas. She earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education and wrote her thesis on the impact outdoor community has on engagement creating a metrics of engagement. She has used this foundation of understanding engagement in her approach to grassroots marketing and business development. She started with Paige Management in 2009 and built the events, marketing, social media, online marketing departments from the ground up. She launched the Ainsworth, (number 1 sports bar 3 years in a row by Zagat) with no social media, using only grassroots marketing to do so. She oversaw partnerships with Axe/Unilever and Madison Square Garden, as well as created and spearheaded from the ground up a 16 week activation for LVMH for their new product Moet Ice in 2010 overseeing and activating a 16 week launch of events, tastemaker dinners and experiential marketing in a 15 bedroom estate in Watermill NY.
Amanda co-founded and launched the Charity Connector event series, a socially nonprofit event series that started at Paige Management in 2010, and has worked with 200 nonprofits building community through strategic partnerships, events and marketing to help engage more individuals to support their fundraising efforts. She was one of the event organizers for TEDX Big Apple, securing all of the in kind sponsors for the event as well as supported on production and curation. She was one of the producers of the Global Festival, a 60,000 person concert in Central Park, where she helped create the strategic partnerships necessary for digital, marketing, media and sponsorship. She is a founding advisory board member for NPR's new millennial arm, GenListen, is a member of the World Economic Forum, Global Shapers, as well as a part of Ted, Summit Series, Nexus and PTTOW. She is a frequent writer for Huffington Post and Business Insider.

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Brand Strategy for a New Generation

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Figuring out a brand strategy for the new generation begins with understanding who the new generation is. When I was a first grade and middle school teacher, I was blown away by "Generation Z." Generation Z is 19 and under, and makes up 25.9% of the economy. My two favorite...

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Building an Engaged Audience

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 6:04 PM

The word engaged is overused. Everyone is focusing on "online engagement." Brands, nonprofits, individuals -- everyone wants to increase their online presence and measure online engagement to be able to showcase what they are doing is successful. But how do you actually measure engagement in person? How do you know...

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Amanda Slavin: Not Just a Statistic

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:17 PM

I don't have to quote numerous statistics to understand the gender imbalance in the workplace because I have experienced it personally. I found myself the only female employee at a burgeoning hospitality company. As I explored the NYC hospitality industry, I found more and more male-dominated and owned properties. I...

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Ask and You Shall Receive

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:19 PM

A common theme in my life right now are strong, powerful, over competent people admitting how difficult it is for them to ask for help. Recently, one of my strongest friends, Sean Stephenson fell out of his wheel chair, breaking numerous bones and finding himself with blood in his brain...

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Happy Birthday Letter to My 27-Year-Old Self

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Dear a-little-bit-lost, a-little-bit-heartbroken, 27-year-old self,

Happy Birthday. I wanted to write this letter to remember what it felt like to be 27. The wise old age of what you thought was the year where you knew a lot, when in reality didn't know much at all.

Here are some...

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Gossip: Weeds vs. Vines

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Gossip, (for those who do not know) means (yes, I'm pulling out a definition from the Oxford American Dictionary), "casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true." Key words, "not confirmed as being true."

Gossip is a luxury....

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Why Versus What

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 7:48 PM

‎A very wise friend named Sean Stephenson always says: "You can only control two things in life, your reactions and your interpretations." I didn't really know what this meant when I was in N.Y.C for years, choosing to feel rushed, overwhelmed with obligations, exhausted and drained. I was inspired to...

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Create LA, and Then the World

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 2:42 PM

If you Google SkidRow, Wikipedia will tell you, "Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations, between 3,000 and 6,000, of homeless people in the United States. The sidewalks are lined with cardboard boxes, tents, and shopping carts." This is, however, not the SkidRow I experienced when I attended...

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Dear NYC, I Love You, But I'm Leaving You

(48) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Dear NYC,

I love you but I'm leaving you. You were good to me. Really good. You were my first love. Even though I dated NJ growing up briefly, that ended shortly and I was close enough to you to maintain a long distance relationship in my early age. I...

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Jobs Wanted: America

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 9:15 AM

America is in need of some new job candidates. Here are its recent job postings:

Wanted: A highly innovative, out of the box thinker who doesn't see existing systems and structures as intimidating. A candidate who takes apart iPhones and puts them back together, who deconstructs the world and puts...

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The Collective (Un)Consciousness; Remember Your Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 6:36 PM

We are a connected world, a world fueled by globalization, expansion, competition with an underlying tone of collaboration. This is what happens when you connect people from all over the globe. We are fueled by each other's creativity, innovation; we are inspired and ignited by each other's differences and when...

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Kindness Is the New Cool

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 1:33 PM

I will never forget when I was younger, (second grade to be exact), I got in trouble for standing up to a bully. The bully in class was being mean to all of the other students, and I stood up to her, telling her we would not let her be...

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The New Cool Kids, Leaving Wall Street Behind

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Growing up, my idea of a "cool kid" was the tallest boy in class, (I was tall for my age and that's what I was looking for), or maybe it was the best athlete, the one who was the best at kick ball or dodge ball, or whatever game we...

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Buzz Words and Results

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 9:35 AM

I'm in the people business, the inspiration business, the creative community building business and practically no one has any idea what I'm talking about, until I tell them what my company, CatalystCreativ is actually doing.

For one year, I said yes to most opportunities that came my way. Running away...

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Learning Is Cool: What I learned From C2-MTL

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Every single person has a favorite teacher. Whether this person was in a classroom, on a field, or just in day to day life, every person on earth can remember the time they learned something from another person and were inspired. There is something about this feeling of learning, whether...

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The Praying Mantis: Same Word, New Interpretation

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 7:43 PM

Almost exactly five years ago, there was an article written about me and many other "nice girls who dated jerks." In the article, I referred to a situation where in a very young and confusing relationship, a boy I dated called all women praying mantises (they eat their...

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The Parking Lot of Love

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:36 AM

A friend of mine recently told me an analogy of love which I have used rather often recently when talking to numerous friends. He said each of us have a parking lot, and in that parking lot, is one "handicapped spot" for that special person. It had me thinking about...

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Giving Yourself Space

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 2:14 PM

I move fairly fast and for anyone who knows me, they would probably say that is an understatement. A friend of mine said to me recently, "everything moves faster when you are around," which has been my biggest strength when inspiring people to be at their best, do their best,...

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The New "Sexy," Macklemore as the New Prince Charming, and It Ain't That Cool to Be a Gangster

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 12:33 PM

I grew up with the traditional childhood of loving Disney movies. I bonded with a beautiful, strong friend of mine recently about this love for the Disney princesses at a Whole Foods during SXSW. We took a break from the SXSW madness and talked about how we went from Little...

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A Story to Match Your Story

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 12:54 PM

There are three versions of every story. The two people's versions who are involved in the story, and then the truth. Plato belived that the truth was made up of many versions of the truth, and I believe that one side of any story is never enough to really understand...

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