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Cheshire Parlour is dedicated to the exploration of culture to help us live better lives.

The ancient Greeks had their philosophy schools, the Golden Age of France had their artistic salons, and Cheshire Parlour is our modern-day haven for fostering meaningful connections.

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From creating bespoke event series to team building and brainstorming workshops, to crafting your company manifesto, if you want to deepen your message to cultivate a community that cares, you've come to the right place.


Monica McCarthy is the founder and impresaria of Cheshire Parlour. Monica is passionate about cultivating meaningful dialogues, beginning with her career as an actress on Broadway and in television and film, followed by a career and as the impresaria for communities like Holstee, Impact Hub, 92Y, and Escape The City, where she has curated and facilitated hundreds of events focused on purpose and interdisciplinary connections. 

Her current monthly event series and podcast, The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less.

Monica’s interest in philosophy began at Pepperdine University as a student in The Great Books Colloquium, an honors program exploring works Plato to Nietzsche, from Homer to Dostoevsky, from Augustine to Freud, in a discussion-based cohort.  

Monica is a professional speaker on the topic of purpose in an angst-ridden era, and consults with organizations wishing to deepen their messaging and connection with their communities. 

Her story has been recently featured in Pivot (Penguin Portfolio), and The New Philosopher. She has previously written for the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man campaign, Join the Reboot, and Huffington Post.


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Origin of Cheshire Parlour

Cheshire Parlour is dedicated to the exploration of curiosity, kinship, and culture. 

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.

- Alice In Wonderland

Perhaps there is no better representative for curiosity than Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat. The symbol of the cat is also an homage to the Golden Age of Gertrude Stein, 1920s Paris, and the frequent salons held at the much celebrated Chat Noir Café.

While the salon is the more popular term, it was actually the parlour where the most dynamic discussions took place. Parlours are more intimate and informal than salons, offering a space that doesn’t feel like “networking” but instead, feels like spending time in the home of good friends.