The Executives' Club Of Chicago

The Flame

July 2018 Newsletter undefined

Volume 2, Issue 1


As we begin another programming season at The Club, I wanted to take a moment to say “thank you” to all of our members. You are the reason for everything we do and we will make sure that The Club continues to exceed your expectations at every turn. As always, we are here and our team is always available and eager to hear from you.


Our team is hard at work planning exciting events. On August 9, please join us for our summer members-only reception and enjoy an evening of networking with fellow members and a special dance performance by the Ruth Page Dance Center. Starting in September we have an amazing lineup featuring leaders from Logitech, The Chicago Community Trust, Corteva Agriscience and many more. Keep an eye out for exciting event announcements throughout the next couple of months.


Between our signature series, forum, leadership development and members-only events, now is the time to take advantage of all of your member benefits. If you have any questions about your membership status contact our membership services team. Also, don’t forget to spread the word about The Club, nominate a new member today.


As always remember that The Club is here to partner with all of you, our members, on your journey.



Ana Dutra

Chief Executive Officer

The Executives' Club of Chicago



Member Spotlight

Kary McIlwain

Chief Marketing Officer

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago


What is your favorite quote or motto that you live by?

“Just keep swimming,” Dory, Finding Nemo


What/who inspires you?

Finding beauty in the everyday. A smirky smile, a twinkly eye, a stranger’s kindness, purple clouds, a cardinal---these things keep me swimming!


What do you enjoying doing outside of work?

Voraciously reading, over consuming political news, hanging out with friends, binge-watching and stalking my son on social media! See also, pet reference….


What would colleagues be surprised to learn about you?

Huge Led Zeppelin fan?!


What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?

“Belly-rubber, hand-shaker, ear-scratcher extraordinaire,” Cooper the World’s Neediest Golden Retriever


In one word, describe yourself.



Member Articles

An Agenda for Executive Branding


Social media triggered a tectonic behavioral shift in the business world. Certainly, LinkedIn has revolutionized the ways in which professionals collaborate and cultivate economic opportunities. As technology continues to drive the buying and selling of goods and services, attention is increasingly being paid on the people in the B2B space.

Who’s Managing Innovation?


When it comes to disruption and innovation, your managers play a critical role. Of course your organization’s leadership needs to have a solid game plan as to how the business will shake things up and disrupt your respective market.

Customer Experience Is Driving Digital Disruption


Disruption is inevitable and no organization is immune. Findings from McKinsey suggest that the current pace of disruption is happening ten times faster than the industrial revolution, at 300 times the scale, and with 3000 times the impact.

How to Solve Any Tech Problem


Solving technology problems—or really any business problem where technology is a key element—can be overwhelming. Whether it’s a corporate growth problem, a customer experience issue or a challenge regarding streamlining operational processes


Program in Review


Rethinking Diversity and Inclusion

Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, is a marvelous speaker. Her presentation to the Executives’ Club of Chicago on May 1 was smart, provocative, passionate, and funny. She started by making the business case for Diversity and Inclusion with the pithy statement, “We won’t be around if we don’t get D&I right.”

A special thanks to Gail Golden, MBA, Ph.D., Principal of Gail Golden Consulting, LLC for providing program recaps for members of The Club. You can read more of her work by visiting her .


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