What Women Want featuring Naomi Beckwith

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We know what women want, which is why we’re interviewing top business savvy women on their top travel essentials.

This week in “What Women Want,” we will be featuring Naomi Beckwith. Naomi Beckwith is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She has curated, juried and written for several art projects internationally and looks forward to presenting the work of Chicago artist, William J. O’Brien, in January. Her most recent exhibition, Homebodies, is on view at the MCA until October 13th.

What’s the most unconventional item in your carry-on?

Firstly, I make it a point to only do carry-on, no matter how long the trip. I also carry a bikini everywhere all year round as you never know when a pool is going to pop up at a hotel or party. For longer trips an epilator, rather than razor, is my friend.

At 10,000 feet, what gadget do you reach for?

A cashmere wrap. It’s cold up there!

What book or e-magazine is currently on your Kindle or iPad?

I’m totally retro and savor turning the smartphones and screens off during flying. But I do always have the latest issue of The Economist magazine and a book with me. I’m looking forward to starting Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie on my next flight.

What is your guilty pleasure purchase at Kiosk before take-off?

Gossip rags, of course! It’s even better when someone from the prior flight leaves them at the seat.

If you could create an app to help you with your travels, what would it do?

Pull up a copy of my passport on my smartphone.

What’s the most recently played downloaded song on your iPod or Spotify?

Cody Chestnutt’s soulful “Chips Down in No Landfill” which, incidentally, I first heard on a Lufthansa flight.

Fill in the blank:

ORD à JFK/LGA is the most common. Though EZE (Buenos Aires) is coming right up.

 

Where senses are stimulated, stirred and gently realigned

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What Women Want featuring Meg Loomis

What Women Want Meg Loomis

We know what women want, which is why we’re interviewing top business savvy women on their top travel essentials.

This week in “What Women Want,” we will be featuring Meg Loomis. Meg Loomis is a Sales Manager at Park Hyatt Chicago, handling travel industry relations at the hotel (travel agency bookings, entertainment groups, as well as dignitary and consulate reservations). After graduating from University of Denver in 2008, Meg worked at several hotels in the Chicago luxury market before embarking on her role at Park Hyatt Chicago in February. Meg loves the relationships built during her travels as well as creating unexpected memories during stays at Park Hyatt Chicago.

What’s the most unconventional item in your carry-on? 
A deck of playing cards and a wine corkscrew. These are not usually used on the plane, but you never know when you will need one of these items during your travels.

At 10,000 feet, what gadget do you reach for? 
My iPad.

What book or e-magazine is currently on your Kindle or iPad? 
I always travel with a paperback book to read during takeoff and landing. Currently, I am reading Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Man Up! by Ross Matthews. I have my Real Simple and Glamour subscriptions sent to my iPad as well.

What is your guilty pleasure purchase at Kiosk before take-off? 
Mint Mentos and a large Smart Water.

If you could create an app to help you with your travels, what would it do? 
An app that allows me to upload my schedule for sales calls and take notes quickly after the appointment. I do have to admit, Google Maps has saved my life many times while on the road.

What’s the most recently played downloaded song on your iPod or Spotify? 
I listen to Michael Bublé during the flight normally. I have all of his albums on my iPhone and put it on shuffle. Croons me to sleep! Once I am in the hotel room, I unpack immediately to music. Currently, I am listening to Florida Georgia Line’s new album.

Fill in the blank: ORD ______ 
SJC. Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, California. I was born and raised in the Bay Area and I try to make it back to Northern California as often as possible to see my family.

 

Where senses are stimulated, stirred and gently realigned

Park Hyatt Chicago | 800 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611