Soulful Sunday is a weekly dose of inspiration from busy Chicago women who still manage to stay balanced no matter what their career—or life—throws their way.
Soul Sister: Heather Hogden, Director of Nightlife at PUBLIC Chicago Hotel
In her high-profile role at PUBLIC Chicago Hotel, Hogden's' main priority is to connect with like-minded individuals, groups, and brands and leverage these partnerships to support the lifestyle side of the legendary Ian Schrager brand. On a weekly basis, the go-getter conceptualizes, plans, and executes soirées ranging from a Sunday afternoon tea series in Library Bar to high-volume events for special occasions such as New Year’s Eve or Lollapalooza weekend. "I thrive by focusing on the small details of an event and creating magic in the moment," said Hodgen. "For example, I just hosted a private dinner in our Ava Suite. When my guests walked in, I had a group of poets present with old school typewriters, and they wrote each person their own personalized poem (along with many other great touches that I layered in throughout the evening). The positive feedback was wonderful! These are the types of things that motivate me to push each event to the next level."
How she unwinds:
"I love to travel and discover new restaurants with my ladies dinner club (going four years strong!). I am also a homebody—I love to spend time at home. It’s very relaxing to me."
"I meditate daily, practice yoga, and take walks in the neighborhood with my Yorkie dog, Biggie. I also enjoy using music to soothe tension. When I need inspiration, I’ll tune into one of my favorite spiritual leaders, like Abraham Hicks or Gabrielle Bernstein. My Sunday morning ritual is to wake up, make a pot of green tea and a morning smoothie, and watch Super Soul Sunday on OWN Network all morning. It’s my version of church!"