Better Meetings. Better Results.
Expert Facilitators for Meetings, Retreats, and Workshops
Catalyst Consulting Partners LLC is a small (by choice) boutique professional services firm founded as a woman-owned business almost twenty years ago. Our two principals have a unique breadth of knowledge and experience in consulting, facilitation, strategic planning, coaching, leadership development, training, and organization development — all of which we apply to every project.
We specialize in Sparking Transformation™ for our clients and their organizations. We design and facilitate meetings, retreats, workshops, training sessions, and projects that produce breakthrough results —at the organizational, team, and individual levels.SCHEDULE free exploratory call
Our clients include:
Meetings, Meetings Everywhere!
Every day in the US, there are more than 36 million meetings, many of which are ineffective and unproductive. The cost of these sub-par meetings is more than $37 billion per year. What a waste!
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Better Meetings. Better Results.
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We’ve been designing and facilitating successful meetings, workshops, and retreats for almost twenty years. Our clients range from global brands such as Bayer, Netflix, and Gucci to entrepreneurial startups looking for their first profits to national associations like the School Nutrition Association. The organizations we work with are very different…but the challenges they face and their need to leverage their most important meetings — what we call Meetings That Matter Most™ — is common ground.
Cynthia Waisner, Managing Partner
B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Call Us Now at (800) 378-9843
Glen Waisner, Managing Partner
B.S. (Mech Eng.), M.B.A.
Want to meet remotely? no problem!
We are experts at recreating the experience of meeting in-person VIRTUALLY.
We leverage advanced video technologies, coupled with virtual breakout rooms, whiteboards, interactive real-time polling, etc., to bring you a workshop experience that is as good as - better than? - meeting in-person. Don't waste time and money traveling.
Let us design and facilitate a virtual experience just for you and your team.
BUSINESS | INDUSTRIAL
NON-PROFIT | ACADEMIC | GOVERNMENT
Mary Ann Knaus
Founder at Aquarius Group and Former SVP at Jarden Consumer Solutions
Professional and Objective Facilitator
Glen quickly assesses organizational dynamics, challenges and issues from which he facilitates tough, honest, open dialog and effective resolution. No matter the issue or challenge, Glen facilitates productive dialog and effectively leads sessions, managing divergent points of view to consensus and action. Glen diplomatically surfaces organizational blockers in an engaging fashion, encouraging participation, problem solving and commitment to accountability. As an experienced professional and objective facilitator, any executive team would benefit from Glen’s engagement.
President/GM of North America & EMEA for Newell Brands
Always Willing to Address the “Elephant in the Room”
It’s one thing to claim to be a “trusted adviser,” but quite another to deliver on that promise – and Glen does! As a member of the JCS Executive Team, I worked with Glen for years as he provided facilitation and consulting services across a host of strategic areas of our business. He was always willing to address the “elephant in the room” and help us navigate and align around some tough issues. And he never let us forget “Glen’s Rule” that “no business can outperform its leadership team long-term.” Glen would be a true asset to any business leader looking to accelerate success in their marketplace and comes with my heartfelt recommendation.
Adele J Suddes
Former Vice President Communications at Textron
One of the Best Investments I’ve Ever Made
I hired Cynthia for several years when I was employed at Textron and leading its senior executive marketing council and senior executive communications council. Both groups were comprised of very diverse and opinionated executive leaders. Also in both groups were 2-3 individuals who tended to be argumentative and seemed to enjoy de-railing meetings and exploring rat holes. Bringing Cynthia in to help me plan our monthly meetings so that the meeting goals were achieved was one of the best investments I have ever made professionally. If you are looking for expert assistance to help you bring a group of people together around a vision, mission, goals or action plans: you will find no one better than Cynthia.
Work ON Your Business, Not IN It
What do facilitation projects include?
We work closely with project sponsors to articulate detailed project expectations and deliverables that are unique to each engagement. But our facilitation projects almost always include three phases:
What do facilitation projects cost?
Expert Virtual Facilitation Available
Our professional fees are always based upon the project, so that you can call upon us at any time without concern that the “meter is running.” Our work is also guaranteed, and we will commit as much time as necessary to fulfill the outlined objectives and meet the agreed-to time frames.
Our typical professional fee for a custom-designed meeting, workshop, retreat or other special event typically ranges between $5,900 and $14,900 (depending on meeting duration, number of attendees, in-person versus virtual, tools and assessments to be included, etc.). This fee includes all three of the phases outlined above.
Here are some examples of recent facilitation projects:
Designed and facilitated multi-day innovation, business model, and market development sessions for multiple divisions of global military and civil aviation market supplier leading to clear and focused innovation road-map for each division.
Ongoing design and facilitation of quarterly Board meetings for large regional retailer experiencing record growth over period of engagement.
Designed and facilitated Partners’ retreat for large regional law firm in order to air issues threatening firm continuity. Taught skills in area of crucial conversations, developed behavioral agreements for interaction, and defined roles and responsibilities to reduce friction going forward.
Stakeholder Meetings and Task Forces
Designed and facilitated multiple stakeholder meetings and task forces to air diverse viewpoints and develop guidelines and standards related to and mandated by passage of federal statute. Developed stakeholder support for standards and guidelines and identified common ground among disparate stakeholders for moving forward.
Energy Firm Strategic Plan
Designed and facilitated multi-day session for senior global leaders of diversified oil and gas service provider. Defined shift in investment priorities leading to accelerated growth.
Trade Association Strategic Plan
Designed and facilitated multi-day session for board of major trade association. Developed clear 3-year strategy and plan to guide resource allocation and outreach and achieve objectives.
Business Model and Value Proposition Innovation
Engagements with multiple global business units of surface technology conglomerate. Defined value propositions for each, leading to clearer focus on particular customer segments and adjustment of business models for improved growth and profitability.
Annual Strategic Planning Process
Ongoing multi-year relationship with manufacturer of high-end smokers and barbecue technology. Established mission and vision statements, developed first strategic plan, and established senior-level team. Annually update plan in multi-day session combined with team development. Company has streamlined product offerings, clarified value propositions, and modified business models for improved growth and profitability.
Senior Team Development
Ongoing, multi-year relationship with C-suite team of multi-billion dollar global consumer products manufacturer, serving as team’s de facto “chief strategy officer.” Focus on team development and facilitation, including consultation on organization design, innovation, and product and market strategy as well as individual coaching and mentoring. Team consistently achieves organizational and financial objectives.
Synchronize Board and Management Team Expectations
Long-term engagement with corporation owned by federally recognized American Indian Tribe. Worked with Board and Management Team to establish expectations and develop cohesive and effective management team to revitalize and oversee operations of its entertainment properties. Board expectations were clarified, strategic planning process was put in place, and management performance and business outcomes improved.
Conflict Resolution and Performance Improvement
Worked with product development team of aviation-related mission systems group experiencing conflict and poor performance. Clarified team purpose and goals, team member roles and responsibilities, improved cohesion, and established clear behavioral working norms. Conflict decreased and stalled products moved forward in development pipeline.
Worked with manufacturer of chemical compounds used in the semiconductor industry to improve functioning in under-performing team engaged in unproductive conflict. Established clear statement of purpose and behavioral working norms and improved conflict resolution processes and skills.
Designed and facilitated a 2-day post-mortem of a multi-billion-dollar global energy project. Participants identified headwinds and tailwinds, communication barriers, etc. and agreed upon corrective actions to be applied to other on-going projects.
Customer Advisory Board
Worked with customer engagement team and senior leaders of a SaaS business to prepare for a 1-day Customer Advisory Board meetings. Facilitated CAB meeting, including various breakout sessions.
Everything DiSC® Workshops
Conducted workshops for several hundred employees of a retail luxury brand using a number of Everything DiSC® tools. Workshops improved salesperson self-awareness and taught retail personnel how to better relate to various buying styles.CONTACT US TODAY!