The Catalyst Experience 2024 coming to San Antonio Oct. 16-18!

Wednesday, October 16 - Friday, October 18

The 2024 Catalyst Experience

An audience-centric approach to water communication and engagement.

When: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15  to  Noon Friday, Oct. 18
Where: San Antonio, TX
Cost: $225; some meals provided
Application Period is now closed.

Guests of the 2024 Catalyst Experience will embark on A World of Pure Imagination as we explore the theme of public trust. Throughout this 2.5-day whimsical experience, guests will be guided through fear, trust, their connection to water, building genuine relationships during seemingly adversarial moments, telling untold stories, and engagement with local officials around the criticality of reliable water systems.

When and where

Date and time

October 16 5:00 pm - October 18 12:00 pm CST


Venues To Be Announced
Downtown San Antonio, TX 78205

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Why “guests” and “guides” instead of “attendees” and “speakers”? Catalyst is not a conference like you’re used to, 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗽, 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 make true impact!


  • How to gain trust
  • Getting past the fear and getting to action
  • The spectrum of engagement
  • How do local elected officials really want to be engaged on water?
  • Your connection to water — through poetry
  • Difficult conversations with communities — meeting them where they are and being transparent
  • Storytelling – the untold stories of unsung water heroes
  • How perceptions and perspectives impact community engagement
  • How to craft experiences that leave memorable impact
About this event

We can’t wait to welcome you to The Catalyst Experience 2024.

Our journey is especially curated every step of the way. Each guided experience builds on the next. Please plan to stay and participate for the entirety of the experience. There are no concurrent sessions like at a conference. Everyone journeys together.

Schedule at a Glance

Wed, Oct. 16: 5 pm – 8 pm (enter the experience)

Thurs, Oct. 17: 8 am – 5 pm; 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (journey to multiple venues as we explore public trust)

Fri, Oct. 18: 8 am – 12 pm (conclude the journey and enter back into the real world)


Lunch will be provided on Thursday. Dinner is on your own each night. There will be mixers on Wednesday and Thursday evening with appetizers.

2024 Theme: A World of Pure Imagination

Inspired by the new Wonka film, we wanted to create a whimsical experience of exploration as we dive into what it truly means to engage communities and policymakers around water, what our own connection to water is, and how this discovery can inspire, empower, equip and motivate us to create a world of thriving communities with resilient and trusted water providers.

Packing List

Please pack comfortable clothing and shoes. We’re fun and informal.

The Journey

Catalyst is a traveling summit where we use the host city as our classroom. Each day, sessions will occur at different locations. Transportation will be provided. Why do we move?

When the butt goes numb, the brain goes dumb.

Research shows that changing the learning environment between topics helps our brains retain information.

White space.

Travel time creates space to reflect on what you just learned and, of course, discuss those thoughts with other guests. It’s also nice to have built in downtime in an over-scheduled world.

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