CatalystCon Happy Hour Mixer

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Nov 252012
 

CatalystCon organizer Dee Dennis is hosting a special Happy Hour mixer with CatalystCon speakers, sponsors and attendees. Catch up with those from ccon west and meet those from the upcoming ccon east.

Friday, December 7, 2012
5:00pm until 9:00pm in PST

Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills
21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, California 91367-3631

Cash/credit bar. The hotel restaurant menu will be available to those wishing to order food.

Drink Menu

Food Menu

Please RSVP to ensure proper space. (RSVP to our Facebook event page or email info@catalystcon.com)

 

*Please note time and date of this event. This is not part of the CatalystCon East conference.

CatalystCon East Sexuality Conference Set for D.C. Debut

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Oct 162012
 

After the Resounding Success of CatalystCon West, Founder Dee Dennis Announces CatalystCon East, March 15-17, 2013

OCTOBER 16, 2012 — WASHINGTON, DC — Dee Dennis, founder of the CatalystCon sexuality conference, announces the debut of CatalystCon East in Washington, D.C., March 15-17, 2013. September’s inaugural conference, CatalystCon West was a resounding success, and Dennis looks forward to bringing the same magic to the East Coast.

Created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality, the first CatalystCon in Long Beach, Calif. featured more than 40 seminars and panel discussions on sexuality-based topics. Described by Dee Dennis as a “melting pot of sexuality,” CatalystCon unites sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and others with a passion for creating change.

The three-day conference drew attendees from around the U.S. and Canada for sessions, networking opportunities, and entertainment. The guiding principle behind CatalystCon is “Knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change.”

Sexual wellness company ANEROS® launched its new kegel exerciser, Evi™, at CatalystCon West. ANEROS CEO CT Schenk said, “CatalystCon provided the perfect platform for us to launch Evi. The leading minds in sex and health education were all gathered in one place for an amazing three days. Holding CatalystCon on the East Coast as well is a fantastic idea, as it will allow even more people to partake in this amazing conference.”

CatalystCon West keynote speaker Francisco Ramirez, MPH said, “CatalystCon is a unique gathering of fresh, diverse voices in the field of sexuality. It’s well suited for anyone in the field of sexuality, whether a novice or seasoned professional. A conference as enjoyable as it is necessary, you can’t help but leave CatalystCon feeling inspired.”

“CatalystCon was a great opportunity for me to network with sex educators and people committed to promoting healthy, positive sexuality,” stated jessica drake, sexual wellness authority and creator of the DVD series “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.”  “It was an honor to learn from many of my idols in the field and to be able to contribute my own thoughts as well. While at the conference, I was able to introduce many people the Wicked Passions line of couples movies and Wicked Sensual Care products. My sincerest thanks to Dee Dennis and Wicked Pictures for the support at the show.”

“I was thrilled by how well we did with the first CalaystCon in Long Beach,” Dennis said. “The conference was filled with people from every area of the sex-positive and sex education communities. The seminars and panels were a great opportunity for everyone to exchange ideas and information. I want to bring that phenomenon to the east coast and keep the energy flowing to promote positive change.”

CatalystCon East is accepting applications for speakers until November 1, 2012. The conference welcomes anyone who has something to share and the desire to spark conversations in the realms of sexuality, activism and acceptance. Individuals, therapists, educators, media specialists, bloggers, activists, women’s rights advocates, health professionals, and others are invited to submit an application.

To apply to speak at CatalystCon East, visit catalystcon.com/call-for-speakers.

“At CatalystCon, everyone is welcome, everyone is respected, and everyone is encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences,” Dennis said. “Everyone has something to offer, and the more participants, the better the experience — for everybody.”

CatalystCon East takes place March 15-17, 2013 at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is required.

Thank you for making the first CatalystCon a success!

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Sep 212012
 

The inaugural CatalystCon was a success!  Thank you to everyone who was a part of the first CatalystCon and helped create the magical event that it was. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to speak at CatalystCon East please check out our Call For Speakers page.

Although the next conference is still several months away, we’d like to keep the post-ccon energy and spark going strong until then…

We have rounded up all of the best tweets using the #ccon hashtag and used Storify to curate them and tell the story of CatalystCon. We have also created stories for individual sessions, keynotes and special events. We want to thank everyone who live tweeted this event – without you there would be no stories to tell here. You can find this live coverage here. We are also compiling links to articles and blogs about CatalystCon on our Press page. If you have written about CatalystCon, please let us know!

The Opening and Closing Keynote panels were filmed by XBIZ, who will be providing us with videos shortly. We will post a link to these videos when they are made available, so stay tuned!

We want to thank everyone for all the comments and praise that we have already received. We’d love your feedback about the conference to assist in better planning of future CatalystCon events, so an attendee survey has been emailed to all registered attendees. Please take the survey and let us know what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what you’d like to see more of in the future. Your feedback can help shape the future of CatalystCon! Please also feel free to reach out directly with any thoughts or opinions on the conference.

We’d also like to encourage CatalystCon attendees to continue to contribute to Scarleteen – who was the recipient of over $1,000, thanks to our CatalystCon fundraiser – and support their mission of sexual health, wellness and personal responsibility.

Over $1,000 Raised for Scarleteen at CatalystCon!

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Sep 202012
 

CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis is thrilled to announce that over $1,000 was raised for Scarleteen at CatalystCon this past week!

Dennis chose Scarleteen as the recipient of a fundraiser to be held during the conference weekend and agreed to personally match all donations up to $500 on behalf of CatalystCon. One lucky raffle winner received two nights at the Hilton Long Beach and two registrations to CatalystCon 2013, but more importantly a total of $1,055 was raised for Scarleteen.

Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do. As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and knows the very important need for financially supporting Scarleteen and making it possible to continue the very important work they do.

Scarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website — consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut — which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. “Scarleteen’s model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.

Dennis’ passion for sparking change and sharing knowledge with others meant showcasing Scarleteen at CatalystCon to generate more fans as well as donations. “Scarleteen operates on a very limited budget and is funded entirely by donations,” says Dennis, who notes Scarleteen’s “amazing work providing a safe place for young adults to get the sex education our school systems and many parents are not providing.”

Dennis would like to encourage CatalystCon attendees to continue to contribute to Scarleteen’s mission of sexual health, wellness and personal responsibility: “I personally feel funding Scarleteen and making it possible for them to continue the work they do is extremely important.”

CatalystCon to Open Closing Keynote to General Public to Benefit Scarleteen

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Sep 142012
 

Long Beach, CA – CatalystCon will be opening the closing plenary to the general public for a $10 cash donation payable at the door which will be donated to Scarleteen.

John Stagliano, Constance Penley, Ph.D, & Allan Gelbard, Esq. will give the closing keynote plenary, Defending Pornography: United States v. John Stagliano sponsored by Aneros.  Our current political climate brings challenges in defending adult material against both obscenity and intellectual property violations. What can we learn from the most recent legal battles in order to raise successful ones in the future both in the courts and the court of public opinion?  Join esteemed panelists John Stagliano, Allan Gelbard Esq., and Constance Penley, PhD as they share the first hand knowledge they acquired while successfully defending against United States v John Stagliano as well as other important cases.

CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do. As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and knows the very important need for financially supporting Scarleteen and making it possible to continue the very important work they do.

Scarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website — consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut — which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. “Scarleteen’s model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.

Dennis’ passion for sparking change and sharing knowledge with others means showcasing Scarleteen at CatalystCon to generate more fans as well as donations. “Scarleteen operates on a very limited budget and is funded entirely by donations,” says Dennis, who notes Scarleteen’s “amazing work providing a safe place for young adults to get the sex education our school systems and many parents are not providing.” Dennis on behalf of CatalystCon will match funds raised this weekend up to $500. Dennis is excited at the opportunity to introduce Scarleteen to CatalystCon attendees and encourage them to contribute to its mission of sexual health, wellness and personal responsibility: “I personally feel funding Scarleteen and making it possible for them to continue the work they do is extremely important.”

The Closing Plenary will take place Sunday, September 16th at 2:30pm at the Long Beach Hilton Executive and Meeting Center in Long Beach, CA in the International Ballrooms I & II.  Donations will only be accepted in cash.

Aneros to Debut Female Product at CatalystCon

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Sep 102012
 

Long Beach, CA – CatalystCon announces that Aneros will debut their first female product during the conference.

CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis is thrilled that Aneros has chosen to debut EVI at CatalystCon because it reflects a shared commitment to sex education and to CatalystCon’s goals of sparking new conversations about sexuality and igniting change.”We are excited and proud to introduce our first female product at CatalystCon,” said CT Schenk, CEO at Aneros. “We chose this conference over the mundane trade shows because our focus is on the message rather than distribution, and CatalystCon was the perfect venue.”

In addition to debuting EVI at CatalystCon, Aneros will be hosting a special sex education class with a focus on kegel exercise and the female orgasm on Saturday of the conference at 5:30pm.  Aneros will be having several giveaways of their product and all attendees are invited.

Dennis regards this conference as a “melting pot of sexuality” that brings together sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change and having Aneros debut EVI will be the perfect addition to that conversation. Battles over sex education, reproductive rights, gay marriage, obscenity, pornography and other forms of adult entertainment and expression have played a central role in the 2012 election season. Sex is always a political issue, but it becomes even more so in challenging economic times, both dividing and uniting individuals.  Attendees to this groundbreaking event will benefit from important discussions on a wide variety of subjects, such as sex work, porn, polyamory, sexism in hip hop, senior sex, sex and religion, and sex education.Pre-registration is required to attend CatalystCon. Use Code ANEROS for 25 dollars off of registration. Go to http://catalystcon.com/ registration to register today.  Follow CatalystCon on twitter @catalystcon and visit facebook.com/catalystcon.

CatalystCon Announces Fundraiser for Scarleteen

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Aug 272012
 

 Long Beach, CA CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis has chosen Scarleteen as the recipient of a fundraiser to be held during the conference weekend.  Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do.  As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and knows the very important need for financially supporting Scarleteen and making it possible to continue the very important work they do. CatalystCon will be held at the Long Beach Hilton Executive & Meeting Center in Long Beach, CA, September 14-16, 2012.   Scarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website — consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut — which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. “Scarleteen’s model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.   Dennis’ passion for sparking change and sharing knowledge with others means showcasing Scarleteen at CatalystCon to generate more fans as well as donations. “Scarleteen operates on a very limited budget and is funded entirely by donations,” says Dennis, who notes Scarleteen’s “amazing work providing a safe place for young adults to get the sex education our school systems and many parents are not providing.”   CatalystCon attendees will not only be able to possibly win two nights at the Hilton Long Beach and two registrations to CatalystCon 2013 but will also be financially supporting Scarleteen.  Dennis on behalf of CatalystCon will match funds raised up to $500.   Dennis is excited at the opportunity to introduce Scarleteen to CatalystCon attendees and encourage them to contribute to its mission of sexual health, wellness and personal responsibility: “I personally feel funding Scarleteen and making it possible for them to continue the work they do is extremely important.”   For more information, please contact http://catalystcon.com/ and http://www.scarleteen.com/ Go to http://catalystcon.com/registration to register today.

Pre-CatalystCon Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer

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Aug 242012
 

CatalystCon extended the use of one of our suites for a private pre-CatalystCon Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer for current and former sex workers hosted by our sex worker liaison Sabrina Morgan.

*From the Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer invite,

All current and former sex workers attending CatalystCon are invited to attend a special sex worker-only meet and greet before the conference begins.

Conference organizer Dee Dennis will introduce herself and her vision for CatalystCon as a safe space for sex workers to not only attend but also to identify as sex workers.

Come and connect with other sex workers attending Catalyst over hors d’oeuvres before joining the larger conference community!

RSVP for this event via Eventbrite.  Location will be emailed after your RSVP is approved.

Note: This event is open to current and former sex workers only. Allies are dearly beloved but should respect the private nature of this event. We’ll see you at the opening mixer!

Location will be emailed to attendees 24 hours before the meet and greet.

jessica drake Joins Sex-Ed Panel at CatalystCon

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Aug 202012
 

 Producer of Acclaimed ‘jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex’  DVD Series Discusses

‘Sex Education: Out of the Classroom, Into the Streets!’

 

Los Angeles / Long Beach, Calif. – (August 20, 2012) – Emerging sexual wellness authority and adult entertainment superstar jessica drake will participate in a panel titled “Sex Education: Out of the Classroom, into the Streets!” at the CatalystCon sexuality conference in September. In addition to Ms. drake, panel participants include such noted sex educators as Carol Queen and Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence.

The CatalystCon Sexuality, Acceptance & Activism Conference is coming to the Long Beach Hilton in Long Beach, California September 14-16. With 40 seminars and 50 speakers, this conference is a “melting pot of sexuality” that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change.

For her part, Ms. drake is eager to participate in the conference, noting, “So many people get their sex information — or should I say misinformation — from mainstream media and online entertainment. I believe a discussion of how to best disseminate sex knowledge will be helpful to people who want to teach healthy, positive sexuality.”

Regarding Ms. drake’s participation in the conference, organizer Dee Dennis enthuses, “I’m thrilled to be able to have jessica drake as a speaker at CatalystCon and especially as a part of the sex educators panel for Out of the Classroom. Many of us fight for sex education in our schools, but I also think sex education for adults is just as important. There are many different ways to do that, as shown by the panel jessica is on. She has an established fan base that makes it possible to reach people others may not. One of the major messages of CatalystCon is ‘knowledge is power’ and I feel that jessica is fulfilling that message with her series of sex-ed videos.”

Uniting a lifetime of study with a decade’s worth of experiential research, “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” is receiving excellent reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and Fleshbot.com. The production “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” won the 2012 AVN award for Best Educational Release and “jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal’ received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year.

Continuing her commitment to sexual education, Ms. drake writes a monthly column for AdultDVDEmpire.com titled “Ask jessica drake Anything.” Each month jessica answers ten questions on love, sex, and romance. The authors of the questions receive complete sets of the “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” educational DVD series. To submit questions, visithttp://www.adultdvdempire.com/pm/ask_jessica_drake.aspx.

To download a promotional image of jessica drake, visit http://tinyurl.com/jessicadrakePromoPic.

CatalystCon will take place September 14-16 at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, California. Registration is required. For more information, visit CatalystCon.com. The “Sex Education: Out of the Classroom, into the Streets!” panel with jessica drake participating is scheduled for 10:30 am on Saturday, September 15.

Media interested in attending CatalystCon may emailpress@catalystcon.com. Media interested in covering jessica drake’s panel may email pr@guidetowickedsex.com.

About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex:

Join three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake as she brings her erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. These stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. Each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” finds this captivating writer, producer, director, and host addressing a different aspect of human sexuality as she touches on topics ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each one with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience and good humor leading Gawker Media’s Fleshbot to laud her for bringing a “sexy, articulate and professional” new voice to the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while Anal was named the 2012 Specialty Release of the Year by XBIZ. For more information, visitwww.GuideToWickedSex.com or www.Twitter.com/jdGTWS.

CatalystCon Sparks Positive Discussions about Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance

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Apr 272012
 

 

Dee Dennis co-founder of the revolutionary Momentum Conference held each spring in Washington DC is now bringing her talents and determination to spark open communication about sexuality, activism and acceptance to the west coast.

CatalystCon will be making its debut at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, California September 14-16. “This conference is meant to energize, enlighten and exhilarate a positive discussion about sexuality, the current state of women’s rights, and to encourage people to take action in their local communities” says Dee Dennis founder of CatalystCon “Now more than ever we need to continue to educate ourselves and share that knowledge to help ignite change.”

CatalystCon is focused on reaching out and stimulating the activist within everyone to help transform the way our friends, neighbors, and politicians approach and discuss one of the single most important aspects of humanity. CatalystCon welcomes everyone to partake in the discussion and help to influence change in how our communities approach sexuality. “The fundamental principal of CatalystCon is that knowledge is power and sharing that knowledge is the first spark to igniting the change in conversations” says Dee Dennis “CatalystCon will bring that spark and energy to the west coast.”

CatalystCon will be accepting application for speakers until June 1st from anyone who has something to share and the desire to spark conversations in the realms of sexuality, activism and acceptance. Individuals, therapists, educators, media specialists, bloggers, activists, women’s rights advocates, health professionals, and others are encouraged to submit an application. To find out more about becoming a speaker at CatalystCon please visit Call for Speakers page.

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