The Executives' Club Of Chicago

Meet the Staff: Brett Taylor

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An interview with Brett Taylor, the Club's Chief Member Engagement Officer.

How long have you worked at The Club?

I just hit five years at The Club and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The Club provides such a unique opportunity to meet people, and I am so grateful for relationships formed both with colleagues and of course our members.

What’s the hidden gem that membership to The Club provides?

There’s actually two answers to this question for me.  First, I often say that staff of The Club is the most under-utilized benefit of membership.  We are such a high touch organization and our members are so important to us. The Executives’ Club team knows the organization and the members so well that we can often truly help customize the member experience. In addition, I would love to see more members taking advantage of the member directory to really build their own meaningful connections. 

What about the work of The Club makes you the most proud?

For me, it’s the relationship piece and the work we do to help foster those meaningful connections.  Encouraging connections between leaders from different industries and functions is powerful for me, and I’m proud that we have so many programs and groups tailored to specific interests to make this happen. When it comes to building relationships at The Club, I believe that some of the most powerful bonds are built when people understand the ways they can support one another. Each member brings their own life experiences, thoughts and backgrounds to the table, and these experiences bleed into personal identity. Sharing of these perspectives makes for impactful relationships and connections and we provide a platform for these experiences to be shared.  

What was your first job?

I was a janitor. In high school, I cleaned my Dad’s office every day for over a year. There were five people who worked in the office so it wasn’t a big job…but wasn’t a small job either.

What is a favorite binge worthy show or podcast?

I have always LOVED television so my TV is one of my favorite household objects. I just got CBS All Access and I’ve started in The Good Fight which is a spinoff from The Good Wife. I’m excited about the storyline but I’m even more excited about the actors. My early career background is in musical theater and I love to see some of my favorite performers in a new medium.

Which speaker changed you, or redefined how you think?

I was truly inspired when Billie Jean King spoke at The Club. Her story is fascinating and I was so struck by how you felt like you were in her living room, having a personal conversation, despite being in a room of 400 people. I always find that the best programs feature speakers who make you look at the world in a way you didn’t expect. She spoke so beautifully about the responsibility we have to our community and to future generations. It seemed like everyone wanted to immediately go and find a way to make a difference in the world. It was also the only program where a speaker hit tennis balls into the audience so that made for a pretty unique experience.

If you could spend the day in one neighborhood in the city, which neighborhood would it be and what would you do?

I’m happy anywhere that I can eat something delicious…which is basically every neighborhood in the city.  I’m honestly not sure I could make a choice. There’s too many amazing places in the city.

Can you give us a sneak peek at what’s to come for members?

Since we’re in a virtual world, we’re going to focus on creating opportunities for our members to interact in intimate settings without actually being together in a room. We know that one of the biggest benefits of membership is the opportunity build connections and I believe we can make that happen in a virtual way. It definitely can’t replace being together in person, but there is a lot of opportunity to still create meaningful relationships even when we’re apart. I’m excited to see what we can do and I’m looking to our members to tell me what works well and what doesn’t work so well. For me, this is an intriguing opportunity to experiment and see what we can make happen.