Realize Your Remarkable Impact

How will you leave your mark?

If there’s one thing that can be said about recent events, it’s that they have been remarkable. Companies, communities, and individuals have stepped up, leaving their mark on history that will be remembered for generations to come.

Great leaders know our remarkable journey doesn’t stop here!

Back and better than ever, Southwest Michigan First is excited to announce that Catalyst University is on our agenda—and should be on yours too!

Imagine: world-class speakers, career-advancing connections and unforgettable experiences all combined in an action-packed day. This year’s conference is designed to spark fresh ideas that energize.

Over the past 11 years, Catalyst University has built up 13,000 existing and emerging leaders – from all sectors – to carry our organizations and community into the future. And this year will be no different. The team at Southwest Michigan First is thoughtfully curating a speaker lineup that will ignite a spirit of change and empower attendees to take their personal, corporate and community destiny to new heights.

Prepare yourself for a remarkable day as Catalyst University heads back to the Radisson, back to in-person, and back to winter, hosted on January 26 or January 27, 2022.

Get Your In-Person Ticket

As we begin to gather in person, your organization can not afford to miss this opportunity to engage with the greater community. Although we’ve doubled the days, space is quickly becoming limited. Thursday, January 27 is officially SOLD OUT but we have space left on Wednesday, January 27. Before seats fill up yet again, tell Nick that you would like to commit to joining us at Catalyst University today!

Virtual Event Tickets

Not comfortable joining an in-person gathering? We get it and still want to support your leadership development journey! We have launched a virtual ticket option for $99. You can lock in your virtual attendance here!

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, connect with Nick Riashi at 269.553.9588.

Jade Simmons

Faculty in 2022
Classical Concert Pianist & Transformational Speaker

Brought to you by PNC Bank

Chad Houser

Faculty in 2022
Passionate Teacher & Recognized Best Chef

Jedarrian Jones

Faculty in 2022
Momentum Café Brand Ambassador & Program Advisor

Chip Heath

Faculty in 2022
Best-Selling Co-Author & Academic

Chris Singleton

Faculty in 2022
Inspirational Speaker & Former Professional Athlete

Irshad Manji

Faculty in 2022
Founder of Moral Courage College and Professor of Leadership

Jonathan Sprinkles

Faculty in 2022
Founder of the Connection Lab & Best-Selling Author

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Clarence Lloyd

Faculty in 2022

Gretchen Slenk

Faculty in 2022

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors!