Insightful Leadership, Speakers, and Networking


Over the past 12 years, Catalyst University has built up over 14,000 existing and emerging leaders to carry our organizations and community into the future. This conference is designed to spark fresh ideas and motivate you to new heights in 2023. The team at Southwest Michigan First is thoughtfully curating a speaker lineup that will ignite a leadership evolution.

On January 25 and 26, 2023, we’ll have an incredible event planned for you, filled to the brim with innovation, action plans, energy, leadership takeaways, motivation, excitement, and so much more.

Individual tickets are $450. Secure your seat today!

Buy Catalyst University Tickets Today!

Have questions about Catalyst University? Looking to purchase a block of group tickets for your organization?

Contact Nick Riashi via email or at 248.766.4342 to discuss Wednesday and Thursday ticket options as well as sponsorship opportunities.


Are you ready for our Catalyst University 2023 speakers and emcees?

Catalyst University 2023 | Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is proudly sponsored by Aunalytics

Catalyst University 2023 | Natalie Nixon

Catalyst University 2023 | Damon West

Damon West is proudly sponsored by Greenleaf Hospitality Group

Catalyst University 2023 | Leigh-Kathryn Bonner

Catalyst University 2023 | Phil Gwoke

Phil Gwoke is proudly sponsored by PNC

Catalyst University 2023 | Leisha Pickering

Catalyst University 2023 | Dwayne Stephens

Dwayne Stephens is proudly sponsored by WMU Athletics

Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri

Catalyst University 2023 | Gretchen Slenk

Catalyst University 2023 | Clarence Lloyd

2023 Makers’ Mart Competition

Makers’ Mart is the region’s largest entrepreneurial competition. The winner receives $2,500 in cash, $5,000 worth of legal and marketing consulting, and is recognized on stage at Catalyst University 2023. Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Learn more about the 8th Annual Makers’ Mart competition!



Thank You to Our 2023 Event Sponsors!