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Catalyst Launches New Strategic Summit – Corcoran to Headline

by Catalyst | May 14, 2024

Earlier this year Catalyst announced it was expanding the content of its longstanding Economic & Payments Forum to include a broader range of topics and insights. The Strategic Summit, to be held October 7-9, is also breaking with tradition by moving to a new destination – the beautiful La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX.Summit logo

“Credit unions have been loyal patrons of the Economic & Payments Forum for decades,” said Catalyst’s President/CEO Bruce Fox. “In crafting the Strategic Summit event, we knew it was critical to keep the best of what Forum had to offer, while delivering even more value to our busy members.”

Fox noted that the new Strategic Summit aligns with the company’s larger branding initiative, which reflects Catalyst’s forward-looking, resourceful approach to success in an evolving financial landscape. “Members have been very receptive to the new brand,” said Fox. “And our internal team members are energized by what it represents as well.”

Speaking of energy, headlining the inaugural Strategic Summit is Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, who will share insights from her extraordinary career journey. Despite inauspicious beginnings, including bad college grades and lots of job hopping, Corcoran’s path culminated in her status as a real estate mogul – and television star. 

In addition to Corcoran, the Strategic Summit will feature lively keynotes from:

  • Jeff Havens, Business Growth Expert and comedian, will infuse his delivery of business insights with plenty of humor. Havens is a successful entrepreneur, having built a multi-million dollar training company that reaches more than 500,000 learners annually.
  • Ford Saeks has worked with start-ups, Fortune 500 companies (and everything in between) to generate massive growth. An entrepreneur, published author and patent-holder, Saeks will speak about the power of artificial intelligence.

And that’s only the beginning. The Strategic Summit welcomes widely-admired TruStage Chief Economist Steven Rick, Fortune’s Senior Editor-at-Large Geoff Colvin, Catalyst’s own leading experts, and much more.

For details about the Strategic Summit, including the full agenda, hotel information and event registration, visit