Catalyst West—Why You Need to Be There

The last two years have been challenging times to lead. We have experienced a tsunami of economic change. It has rippled through every aspect of our culture. Most of us have probably spent more time reacting that we would like.

Catalyst West 2009

Now it’s time to turn the corner and look to the future.

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The Catalyst West conference on April 21–23 in Irvine, California is designed to do just that. The theme is “Unusual Tomorrow.”

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Thirty-five hundred next generation leaders will gather to listen to high-octane speakers, participate in powerful worship, and experience innovative programming. If it is anything like Catalyst Atlanta, which I attended last October, it will be killer.

If you aren’t registered, you need to do so quickly. Catalyst Atlanta was a complete sell-out, and this one will be, too. You don’t want to miss it. Here are three reasons why:

  1. You will get to hear from some of the best speakers on the planet. These include leadership experts Andy Stanley, Erwin McManus, Kay Warren, and Reggie Joiner. But it also includes innovative thinkers and practitioners like best-selling author Donald Miller, Dallas Willard, Charlene Li, Scott Belsky, Eugene Cho, and Wess Stafford, President of Compassion International.
  2. You will experience a fully immersive, learning and creative experience. Catalyst Labs, begins on Wednesday April 21st. (This was my favorite part of Catalyst Atlanta). I will be leading a lab, along with John Ortberg, Dino Rizzo, Jeanne Stevens, Jon Acuff, Anne Jackson, Mike Foster, Jud Wilhite, Susan Isaacs, Dan Kimball, Scot McKnight, David Kinnaman, Margaret Feinberg, and others. If you are going to the expense of coming, make sure you register for this as well.
  3. You will engage personally with 3,500 next generation leaders. Catalyst attracts the best and the brightest. You will meet new friends and interact with people, like you, who are leading this generation into the future. The venue only holds 3,500 people, so it will be a smaller and more intimate environment than Catalyst Atlanta.

In addition, you will want to be there for a special evening session on Thursday with Louie Giglio and worship led by Chris Tomlin. I know it will be awesome.

Here’s the best part: Catalyst has agreed to extend a special price to my blog readers. You can save $20 of the normal registration price of $249.00. To take advantage of this special offer, call (888) 334-6569 to speak with the Catalyst Concierge team. Or, you can register online and use rate code: MHB.

I plan to be there for the entire conference, so make sure you come up and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you.

Questions: Have you ever attended The Catalyst Conference? How was your experience?
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  • MichaelSGray

    I attended Catalyst in Atlanta a few years ago, and everything you are saying is true — it's a life-altering experience to hear from some of the greatest leaders of our day. And with the top leadership blog on the Internet, I'm wondering when they're going to get you up on the main stage… :)
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    • Michael Hyatt

      I am just honored they ask me to do a lab!

  • Taylor

    Counting down the days to Catalyst West!!

  • JessePhillips

    Can't wait for Catalyst West! It is one of the most innovative, creative & fun conferences I've ever been to, Church or otherwise. Also, they have a great variety of speakers, exposing me to thoughts from all ends of the denominational spectrum.

    If you have an extra day, you should ABSOLUTELY check-out Catalyst Labs. that's my favorite part of the conference! You get to hear from several lesser known speakers in a more intimate setting & ask questions. Love it.

    Can't wait to hear your talk, Michael.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. I look forward to meeting!


    Attended Catalyst West in 2009…most amazing experience and the content and speakers were PHENOMINAL! Having the venue at Mariners Church helps with maintaining a sense of intimacy and connectedness. One of the things I love about Catalyst is the type of leader it attracts…out of the box thinkers, leaders who are hungry to learn and grow, leaders who have the mindset that they can be used to change the world for Christ. The energy that comes from bringing this group together is CONTAGEOUS! Never been to a conference where you can take what you heard and experienced and carry it with you throughout the entire year.

  • obihaive

    I listen to the catalyst podcast and receive their monthly newsletter. One day I hope to actually go to a conference because it seems to be the best place for people in church leadership (or any leadership role) to learn from other great leaders. If anyone has the chance to go I highly recommend it.

    • Michael Hyatt

      The podcast is great. The conferences are that times ten. I can’t get enough.

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  • AaronRFoster

    I love everything about Catalyst and especially Catalyst West Coast. The Mariners campus, beautiful weather, palm trees, the beach and IN-N-OUT Burger. Everything's done with excellence including the speakers & content, worship. Great networking and an overall incredible experience.
    How can you not want to be there?

  • VeryWorstMissionary

    I'm supposed to be in California this spring, and now I'm hoping I can plan my trip around this conference! I've heard great stuff about it in years past and would love to experience it.
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    • Michael Hyatt

      That's great! Thanks.

  • Jeff Jones

    What will your lab consist of?
    I'm not sure I will be able to arrange my schedule for Catalyst West but have already made plans for Catalyst Atlanta. Do you know if you will be participating there?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I’m going to be talking about how social media has changed the leadership landscape. I believe I will also be speaking at Catalyst Atlanta next fall. Thanks.

      • Beckyquintero

        Catalyst is sold out :( trying to get tickets…

        • Michael Hyatt

          I understand there is a waiting list too. So sorry.

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