CatalystCon News
September 2013
It is NOT too
late to register!


 
12pm PST Thursday September 26.
 
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Ready for CatalystCon West!?
CatalystCon West is almost here! Are you as excited as we are? Just wanted to share a few reminders, useful info and helpful tips before you arrive at the Warner Center Marriott...

Registration Opens at 4pm on Friday!
 
Registration opens at 4:00pm Friday in the Grand Ballroom Foyer and will remain open until 10:00pm. (The Registration desk reopens 8:30am Saturday morning.) Don't forget to print out your Eventbrite tickets or have the Eventbrite app open on your smartphone. If you have registered with a Student discount, you must show your Student ID.
 
It's NOT too late to register for CatalystCon West. You can still secure a spot online by 12pm PST on Thursday, September 26. (Reservations at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA can be made by calling 1-800-228-9290 or online at Marriott.com.)
 
Visit our official sponsors in the Exhibitors Hall in Salon F all weekend, starting at 4:00pm Friday. And take some time to check out the CatalystCon schedule before you arrive. We've got so many great sessions and events for you this weekend, it's going to be hard for you to choose!

  Go West & Get Wet: The Wet Factory Tour

Are you registered for the Wet Lube Factory Tour? Meet the Wet team at the Ballroom Entrance Door/Driveway of the hotel before 9:00am. Please bring your printed Eventbrite confirmation. (Note: because of the limited space for this event, tickets are not transferable and wlil only be valid for use by the person registered.)
 
This is event is SOLD OUT so if you cannot make it please release your ticket so someone on the waiting list may attend. (To those on the waiting list, you are welcome to show up at 9:00am and see if there are any no shows.)

  Pre-Conference Workshops

If you are registered for any of the special pre-conference workshops, please check in at the workshop room at least 10 minutes before the schedule start time. Remember to bring your Eventbrite confirmations.

Shy/Newbie Get-together 

The Shy/Newbie Get-together - for our shyer attendees, first-time attendees and attendees who are traveling alone - begins at 5:30pm Friday in Salon IJ. Stop by, meet other newbies, get a feel for what to expect during the weekend and hopefully make a new friend or two! No RSVP required but you must have your CatalystCon badge to enter.

PRIVATE Sex Worker Meet & Mingle

CatalystCon's sex worker liasions, Savannah Darling and Sabrina Morgan, are hosting a PRIVATE pre-conference Meet & Mingle for sex workers and former sex workers at 5:30pm Friday. (Exact location will be emailed to registered attendees 24 hours before the event.) This event is open to current and former sex workers ONLY. RSVP is required and you must have your CatalystCon badge to enter.

Make an Appointment with Davis of Sexquire!

One of the perks of attending CatalystCon West is the opportunity to have a complimentary 15 minute consultation with Davis from Sexquire. Get answers to your legal, accounting, tax, or other business questions. Email davis@sexquire.com to secure your 15 minute appointment before it's too late!

 Get Comfy with Evi in the ANEROS Lounge

At the inaugural CatalystCon conference in September 2012, ANEROS launched their first female product, Evi, an innovative hands-free kegel exerciser. Now ANEROS is proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Evi. Although the original Evi was a proven success, ANEROS took feedback from their loyal customers to create a skillfully refined model for an even more comfortable fit and improved experience.
 
Platinum Sponsor ANEROS would like to invite CatalystCon West attendees to stop in to the Exhibitors Hall and get comfy in Evi the "ANEROS Lounge"! Stop by, relax, meet the ANEROS team and learn more about the new Evi and the rest of their awesome product line.

 
 CatalystCon Fundraising Raffles

Don't forget to bring cash for our raffles! The two awesome receipients of the CatalystCon West Fundraiser are The Center for Sex and Culture AND The Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual health Education. Win a two free tickets to a future CatalystCon conference! Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Registration desk all weekend and are $5 each (or five for $20). Drawing will take place at during the Closing Remarks on Sunday but you need not be present to win.
 
In addition to the main fundraiser, select CatalystCon West sponsors will also be raffing off prizes from their collections. Tickets will be on sale at the Registration desk all weekend and are $2 each. Visit their tables in the Exhibitors Hall for more information. Drawing will take place at the Closing Remarks but you do have to be present to win.

The Bookstore
 
Stories Books & Cafe will be the official bookseller for CatalystCon West and will be selling interesting titles in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.  Check out the schedule of book signings with CatalystCon speakers on our website and don't forget to bring some money to buy all the great books our speakers have written.

Transportation, Shopping and Dining Guides

For your convenience, we have provided a reference list of your parking and transportation options around the hotel, as well as a dining/shopping guide and a list of gluten-free/vegetarian options. We recommend that you do your own research prior to the conference but let our list serve as a jumping off point for you to explore your choices. There are many places just walking distance away!
 
The weather in Woodland Hills is (hopefully) expected to be sunny and clear the weekend of CatalystCon West, with highs in the high 80s and lows in the 50s at night. Of course, the hotel and conference space will be air conditioned and "unpredictable temperatures" are pretty standard at most conference centers... so we would recommend bringing a sweater to throw on during sessions if the AC gets too chilly.

Special Offers for Attendees From
The Rack and Ruth's Chris Steak House
 
Show your CatalystCon badge at The Rack in Woodland Hills to receive a 10% discount on any meal or drink (alcohol excluded) and $8/hour for pool all day, as well as a $4 Draft Margarita and a $7 Draft Long Island Iced Tea. (This cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, including the Under $10 Lunch menu or Happy Hour.)
 
Show your CatalystCon badge at Ruth's Chris Steak House to receive a free appetizer with a purchase of 2 dinners.
 
Get more info on both deals here.
 
Join the Conversation!

CatalystCon is a conference created to inspired exceptional conversations about sexuality. We want to make it easier for attendees (and those woh are unable to attend in person) to continue those conversations online before, during and after the conference. Join in the conversation by using hashtag #ccon on Twitter and following @CatalystCon for official updates throughout the weekend. We have also created individual hashtags for each session and special event to help facilitate these conversations. Get more info here.
 
See you soon!
Dee Dennis
Founder/Creator of CatalystCon

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