Kind Words from Clients and Community Participants

The team at Catalysis are, without a doubt, committed to high potential outcomes and transformational change. Holding space for dialogue with both focus and receptivity, Chris and her team support and inform what needs to happen next in any situation with grace, humor, and integrity.

—Dawn Uchiyama, Director, City of Portland Environmental Services

Chris Wallace Caldwell and her firm, Catalysis, have been key players in the Portland Water Bureau’s strategic planning efforts for the past three years. The Bureau leadership decided to create our first-ever risk based strategic plan involving key staff from across the bureau - in all over 150 people of all disciplines. Chris has been key to that effort as she has a unique ability to understand the complexities of a large water utility and its organizational dynamics.

—Mike Stuhr, Director, Portland Water Bureau

Engaging with Catalysis has proved to be a critical decision-point in our organizational timeline. Not only for their quality of work and professionalism during the process, but also for the immediate impact their work continues to have on the organization. Catalysis quickly earned the trust and support from our organization by immersing themselves in our culture, simplifying complex issues, and creating an environment of critical thought, education, and growth. We are excited, and fortunate, to be able to continue working with Catalysis and their collaborative in other planning capacities!

—Dylan Packebush, Board Chair, Adaptive Sports Northwest

Catalysis has facilitated two full day strategic retreats for our organization. She was extremely well prepared. The retreats were very productive with Chris managing well paced sessions that kept our group's energy level high throughout the day. Catalysis' approach fostered inclusive, creative thinking while keeping us focused on the task at hand. I would highly recommend Catalysis and Chris Wallace Caldwell.

—Kristen Kleiman, The Climate Trust

I worked with Chris in implementing a social responsibility project in Puerto Rico. Chris displays a strong commitment toward getting tangible results and ensure that all stakeholders in the project obtain value. I strongly recommend Chris for her professional capabilities as well as extraordinary interpersonal skills.

—Nestor Ortiz, Director of Commercial and Government Affairs, AbbVie

You (Chris) are a genius! We are in a productive, forward thinking mode, thanks to you and you, and Catalysis' exceptional guidance.

—Dr. Mary Stenzel-Poore, Senior Associate Dean for Research Chair, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology Oregon Health & Sciences University

I was very impressed by Chris’ conduct of the International Summit on the Nutrition of Girls & Young Women, and the selfless way of managing things.

—Dr. Chittaranjan Yajnik, Director, Diabetes at KEM Hospital, Pune

Chris is a strong leader, great communicator and willing participant in creating change in our world.

—DeeAnne Everson, Executive Director, United Way of Jackson County

Chris was the consummate professional, always helpful, well organized and exceptionally tuned in. Her work on our five-year strategic plan was truly excellent!

—Brian Day, President, Environmental Communication & Training

I have become one of your biggest fans and appreciate your ability to think strategically about the steps required to achieve desired outcomes.

—Lisa Rhuman Operations Director, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness

Catalysis led the best retreat I have ever attended.

—Participant, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Thank you, Catalysis for the great planning and implementing of this retreat. The multidimensional activities and methods were so helpful in us moving so far and deep.

—Participant, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization