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: Donna Davies, Vice President of @UrbanExposition
Donna has been overseeing the art fairs for Urban Expositions -- SOFA CHICAGO, Art Aspen, and Art Palm Springs -- since 2010. As Vice President, she oversees all aspects and sets the direction for the fairs, working closely with the sales, marketing, and creative teams to create exciting art fairs bringing art collectors, patrons, and aficionados from across the country as well as from around the globe, to the fairs.
Having worked as an art dealer for 15 years for galleries in Santa Fe and Chicago prior to her current role, Donna brings a curatorial perspective to the fairs and works to bring fresh and emerging galleries and current, on-trend programming and content to each fair.
What do you do that feeds your soul? Something that is just for you that not many people know about.
Cooking! I like to cook and bake, and cooking for people makes me enormously happy. We just recently renovated our kitchen and I’m excited to have people over for dinner. Our new kitchen has plenty of seating in the kitchen, which is where everyone wants to be, so I can’t wait to have our next dinner party.
Do you have a motivational quote or mantra that comes to mind during an unusually stressful day at work?
“You can do it,” by Bela Karolyi. I was a competitive gymnast and I trained with Bela and his wife, Marta, in Texas. Bela is one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met. He instills the confidence you didn’t know you had in yourself to accomplish something, and he would always tell us to “simplify, visualize, and then execute.” As a gymnast, it applies, and in everyday life, it applies just as well.
How do you catch up with friends and maintain your friendships when everyone is so busy?
Every friendship is different, of course, but I try to pick a day in advance with friends for dinner. We’re all so scheduled but we have to schedule time for our friends. Sometimes it’s a scheduled dinner, maybe just a glass of wine, or a walk along the lake. And sometimes it’s just a quick text to say that I’m thinking of them.
Is there anything that you do on Sunday afternoon/evening to prepare yourself for the work week?
I try to make a lovely late lunch/early dinner on Sunday for me and my husband, so that we have time to enjoy a leisurely meal together before we each organize our lives before the week. And then I’ll catch up on the latest book I’m reading since I don’t feel rushed on Sundays. That always relaxes me and sets my mind before a busy week!