What Women Want Featuring Katherine Gear

Katie Gear

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 Katherine Gear. Katherine is currently the eCommerce Marketing Manager for six Chicagoland Hyatt Hotels and has been involved in the social space specializing in the travel and hospitality industry for the past several years.

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

  • Earplugs, because you never know how many babies are on board.

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

  • My iPad, because I can work or relax with it, usually it’s a combination of both.

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

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, because after Gone Girl I couldn’t get enough of her books.

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

  • I always grab a smart water, a Women’s Heath magazine and some peanut M&M’s.

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

  • It would check you into your flight and hotel automatically once you were near either location, as well as check you out of hotel rooms automatically depending on your departure date and preferred time.

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

  • “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips.

Fill in the blank: ORD –> HND

  • Although I’ve only been to Tokyo once, I’ve been itching to get back and hope to fly over there for a week or two (or longer, who knows!) in the next year.

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What Women Want Featuring Jennifer Polachek

Jenny Polachek

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 Jennifer Polachek. Jennifer Polachek is the Associate Publisher of Angeleno Magazine and the Publisher of Interiors California and Brides California. Angeleno Magazine is a publication with Modern Luxury, the largest publisher of city magazines in the country spanning 42 titles in 14 markets.  Ms. Polachek is originally from Chicago, where she has spent most of her life and career, prior to moving to Los Angeles in October 2012 to take on her new role.

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

Does my French bulldog, Duke, count? Now that I spend a majority of my time going to and from Chicago, Duke and I travel together. He’s become quite the traveler, and is always a crowd pleaser.

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

My iPod. I always tell myself I will work on the plane, but as soon as I sit down, I realize it’s time for me to relax!

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

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and obviously every Modern Luxury publication!

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

I always grab the biggest bottle of water I can find, typically Smart Water, and of course, a weekly celebrity magazine.

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

A way to get to and from Chicago in less than 3 hours! No, it would be an app that could store my personal life to-do list and my professional life to-do list in one place: my travel schedule, hotel stay, car arrangements, weather report, calendar of meetings in both LA and Chicago (with the proper time zone!), my music, and the work that I intend to do on the plane with a chat option to my LA based team so that as I am working, I can receive the appropriate answers on demand versus email.

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

Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips, and Right Now by Rihanna.

•         Fill in the blank: LAX –>

______ a la Virgin America. It’s the only way to fly!  It is hard for me to fly anything else now that I have had the luxury of flying Virgin America.

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What Women Want Featuring Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz

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 Laura Schwartz, professional motivational speaker and author of the acclaimed book, Eat, Drink & Succeed, How to Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events. Laura was the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration where she created and executed more than 1,000 White House Events including State Dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration and NATO’s 50th Anniversary. Laura is a respected television commentator for major networks – CBS News, Fox News Channel, CNN and BBC World News discussing special events, the American perspective and the positive power of partnership and networking.  A world-renowned speaker and the founder of White House Strategies (www.WhiteHouseStrategies.com), Laura speaks to Fortune 500 companies, independent businesses, industry associations and nonprofit organizations throughout the country and around the world.

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

A few years ago at Christmas, my adorable little cousin Jenna gave me a pin of a guardian angel on a plane that I’ve pinned inside my carry on ever  since.

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

My MacAir.

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

Eat, Drink & Succeed of course, and People Magazine.

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

Twizzlers…the longer the flight, the bigger the bag.

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

Can’t tell you….in development!

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

“Clarity” by ZED.

  • Fill in the blank: ORD à ______

LHR.

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What Women Want featuring Katherine Melchior Ray

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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 Katherine Melchior Ray. Katherine Melchior Ray leads the brand vision for Park Hyatt and Grand Hyatt as Vice President, Luxury Brands for Hyatt Corporation. Katherine’s expertise in luxury marketing and global business strategies comes from 20 years of experience building brands internationally. She has worked as a senior executive on three continents in four languages, setting global strategy in marketing, business and product development while building top class local teams in their native languages. Prior to Hyatt, Katherine was Executive Director of Strategic Planning for Gucci Japan. She also served as Vice President of Marketing for Louis Vuitton Japan and for Tommy Hilfiger Japan. She lived in France for four years developing the global marketing department for the Nordstrom brand Faconnable. In the United States, she was General Manager of Nike’s $800 million women’s footwear division. Katherine lives with her husband of 25 years and two teenage children in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between there and the rest of the world.

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

Lavender mist for relaxation.

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

Music, either on my phone or Airbook.

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

I hate to say I’m a hardcover fan, despite the added weight. I will lug a heavy book around the world for the delicious opportunity to cuddle in bed with the book and a cup of coffee when I don’t have an early morning meeting.

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

New York Times in print – so not environmental.

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

It would advise me of traffic congestion on roads so I know exactly when to catch a cab for an airport, with just enough time to get through expedited security and board. It would also give me suggestions for restaurants in each city where PLM are gathering (PLM being “people like me”).

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

“Lazy Days” by Shwayze.

Fill in the blank:

ORD à ______ PDX!!!

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.

 

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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.

 

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What Women Want

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Understanding the needs of women business travelers is essential to Hyatt. We recognize the common dilemmas that come with traveling often for work and how traveling light can’t always be an option. That is one of the reasons we’ve created a Women’s Experience to simplify your travel experiences.

Whether you’ve forgotten one small item or ten, we have a selection of complimentary items we can deliver right to your door. We’ve also updated our menus to include an assortment of dishes as well as smaller portions, available longer throughout the day.  Learn more about the Women’s Experience and everything that’s offered at www.hyatt.com/experience.

Beginning August 26, Park Hyatt Chicago is excited to roll out our “What Women Want” bi-weekly blog series, featuring a variety of savvy female business women on their travel essentials.

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