Amanda Slavin is the 29-year old Founder of CatalystCreativ, an experience studio that’s focused on helping cities, brands and institutions flourish by developing educational and inspirational experiences through strategy as well as on- and offline-campaigns to engage Millennials. CatalystCreativ is funded by Zappos CEO and venture capitalist Tony Hsieh as part of the Downtown Project. Slavin and CatalystCreativ have worked with brands such as NPR, Dell, Ekocycle and Starwood Hotels.
More than her accolades, however, Amanda is an effervescent, positive person who causes a ripple effect wherever she goes. Her friends and colleagues admire her empathy, connectedness, fast-paced thinking, and ability to follow up. From the concrete mess of the junior varsity version of The Strip in Downtown Las Vegas, Amanda and her team have woven together a profoundly resonate community of artists, entrepreneurs, and web of friendship that now extends all over the world.
To know Amanda is to know love. To be enfolded in her arms, which expand wider than the equator.
- Anna Bee. My friend started this beautiful jewelry line, all American made, sustainable and personalized jewelry. I am loving being able to add personal touches to everything I buy.
- Cuyana, which means “to love.” It is one of the most beautiful lifestyle brands, and you can engrave anything you want on any of the leather items. My favorite is the mini iPad case.
- Big Magic. Elizabeth Gilbert has always been one of my favorite authors, but she knocked it out of the park with “Big Magic.” It is a very fast read while being extremely liberating.
- Star Wars! My boyfriend has been a huge Star Wars fan for his entire life and convinced me to see “The Force Awakens” in the theatre. After seeing it, I was blown away by how beautiful and enchanting the plot was, so we sat and watched the six other movies one weekend and I can now see what all of the hype is about.
- Iced Tea and Almond Milk. Every single time I order it, people think I made a mistake, but it is the perfect amount of sweetness without tasting fake!
- Jeff Kober’s daily meditation emails. They are very thoughtful, to the point, and a great support on the very important but sometimes difficult process of meditation.
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. She is one of the most brilliant humans — not just authors — on the planet. She speaks so much truth. Her role as “Sugar,” in which she answers people’s deepest most painful problems with so much grace and soul, is absolutely beautiful.