This Month: SITE's Brenda Anderson
You once studied with the renowned Second City troupe. Can we expect to see you on “Saturday Night Live” soon?
No, I played the straight guy a lot — but people are still talking about my “dancing cashier” sketch. Seriously, I enrolled in the Players Workshop, which split off from Second City, because I wanted to try something new and figured it would help me be a better speaker. I was surprised at how much it taught me about working with others. Improvisation is all about teamwork and not taking center stage — about doing what you can to make those around you better.
That's a tough one. Groucho Marx was great, and I love Steve Martin. But I guess I'll say Dennis Miller — he's very bright and with him, nothing is sacred.
I am an avid filmgoer and couldn't begin to pick only one. I recently saw a Danish film called Italian for Beginners, which was very good.
Who would be at your historical-figure dinner table?
Well, since my table seats six, I would invite Charles Darwin, Homer (of The Iliad, not The Simpsons), Henry David Thoreau, John Lennon, and my mom.
If you weren't doing what you're doing now, what would you be doing?
I'd be the drummer for The Who. … Well, actually I would probably be writing and speaking.
Brenda Anderson, a senior executive with Smith, Bucklin & Associates, is the recently named executive director of the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives, now based in Chicago. She is a member of the board of directors of The Secretan Center, a worldwide organization dedicated to making work meaningful and fun while building high-performance organizations. She also serves as an adjunctmember at Columbia College, a Chicago liberal arts college, where she teaches seminars to graduating students on how to balance life goals with career training.