Behind the Hustle: Amanda Slavin (@ajslavin)
Amanda Slavin is CEO and Founder of CatalystCreativ, a community design firm that builds community for purpose driven ventures, partnered and funded by the Downtown Project, (the 350 million dollar city as a start up project funded by Tony Hsieh) most known for CatalystCreativ’s monthly speaker series, Catalyst Week in Downtown Vegas. She earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education and wrote her thesis on the impact outdoor community has on engagement creating a metrics of engagement. She started with Paige Management in 2009 and built the events, marketing, social media, online marketing departments from the ground up. She launched the Ainsworth, with no social media, using only grassroots marketing to do so.
Amanda co-founded and launched the Charity Connector event series, a socially nonprofit event series that started at Paige Management in 2010, and has worked with 200 nonprofits building community through strategic partnerships, events and marketing to help engage more individuals to support their fundraising efforts. She was one of the event organizers for TEDX Big Apple, securing all of the in kind sponsors for the event as well as supported on production and curation.. She is a founding advisory board member for NPR’s new millennial arm, GenListen, is a member of the World Economic Forum, Global Shapers, as well as a part of Ted, Summit Series, Nexus and PTTOW. She is a frequent writer for Huffington Post and Business Insider.
The world knows me as: Amanda Slavin
I have also been known to respond to the name: Roo
My professional superpower is: Sensing people’s emotions without them having to tell me.
The #1 thing people can hire me to do is: Bring inspiring people together to create an educational experience.
I’m most passionate about: changing the face of education, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner, and learning is cool.
The technology that I wouldn’t want to live without is: my macbook air, I bring it with me everywhere.
The app I use most obsessively is: Path
The most innovative use of event tech I’ve ever seen is: I think Splashthat is really innovative with what they did for us for catalyst week- aggregating all of the social on one page from each separate event. http://catalystweek.
My go-to guilty pleasure food is: hummus (yes, it’s not that much of a guilty pleasure but I can’t get enough of it)
The thing that always gets me to laugh without fail is: New Girl, (Schmidt)
One thing that would really surprise people to learn about me is: I am dedicated to making the world better through education. Education is my biggest passion, and I believe if influencers/ brands/ celebrities, anyone with a microphone realized they are the best teachers, the world would be a better place.
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