About High-Minded Events
Our mission is to de-stigmatize cannabis culture and consumption by enjoying it openly and honestly in an approachable, safe, and elegant event setting that provides education with a beautiful presentation.
From the age of 14, Phil Cooper began honing his service skills by working in local restaurants and retail shops in his small hometown of Frankenmuth, MI—a charming “Little Bavaria” known for its German hospitality. His teenage self was drawn to the world of theatre, where he could express both his outgoing personality in performances and his creative side through scenic design and construction.
After graduating from Northern Michigan University, Phil moved to Cape Cod, MA where he built on his hospitality experience at an upscale country inn. Three years later, he accepted a position at the renowned Four Season Hotel Chicago, where he sharpened his skills to meet the demands of the finest hotel company in the world. Phil quickly became enamored with the opulent weddings and events that cycled through—so much so, that he pivoted to working in special events.
A special fondness for the design process led him to focus specifically on event design, where he combined theatricality and hospitality to work for the nation’s top event houses designing for some of the most notable companies, families, and organizations in Chicago. Phil’s designs have been featured in Town and Country Magazine, Modern Luxury Magazine, and on Windy City Live.
Phil soon noted that most events tend to focus on alcohol as part of the overall guest experience, leaving virtually no options for non-drinkers like himself. When the adult use of recreational cannabis became legal in the state of Illinois, he saw an opportunity to finally introduce cannabis to the event world as an alternative to alcohol. By combining an elevated, approachable guest experience with cannabis education and responsible dosing, Phil hopes to de-stigmatize this plant for good—and throw fabulous events while doing so!
Mindy Moore brings 26+ years of event, hospitality, and sports marketing experience to High-minded events. She has had the privilege to work for world-class institutions including the Ravinia Music Festival, the Chicago Cubs, and for Basketball legend Michael Jordan (1991-2000).
While Mindy has seen many trends come and go throughout her extensive career, she believes cannabis is here to stay. Combining Mindy's passion for cannabis with elevated events makes working with Phil and the High-Minded Events team a dream come true.
Mindy is also our resident "taster" which is a great way of saying she tries every part of the cannabis experience during the ideation stage of event planning to ensure that guests are given a quality experience and that there are options for even the most lightweight of cannabis consumers.
One of Mindy's goals is to help spread awareness of cannabis and all of its many benefits and to use her own journey and experiences to help guide the creation of cannabis events in a responsible, safe, elevated manner.