I got a tour of a swanky clubhouse in NYC's Tribeca, where members pay up to $8,000 a year to network with high-level execs. The space was beautiful - but it clearly wasn't the main perk people pay for
Women in the workplace have a new haven where they can connect, learn, and grow.
Chief, which launched in January, is a private network for aspiring or current women executivesthat focuses on mentorship.
It's one of many coworking spaces cropping up across NYC at various price points, among them Spring Place, another members-only club also located in trendy Tribeca, where monthly membership can run up to $1,250, and Rockefeller Center's Club 75, which is geared specifically at CEOs and directors.
I recently took a tour of Chief and expected the swanky Tribeca clubhouse it operates out of to have the feel of an exclusive members-only club. What I found instead was an inviting and down-to-earth space that seemed designed to cater to the networking needs of its members.
Chief is located in Tribeca, home to Manhattan's richest zip code.
The clubhouse is located on the second floor of a residential building on Hudson Street, which had life but wasn't overly bustling.
The clubhouse felt welcoming as soon as I stepped in.
The main room is painted green for an inviting feel that symbolizes a place of leaders.
Designed in collaboration with Amy Butchko and Adrienne Laube from The Springs Collective, the look is bold and dominant, but calm.
Brown leather armchairs brought in clubhouse vibes — they were some of the softest chairs I had ever sat in.
My favorite part of the space was the grand piano — it made for the perfect statement piece.
I thought Childers summed it up perfectly when she described the aesthetic as "your weekend power suit."
Currently, Chief has 500 members in their 20s to 60s from more than 400 companies spanning a variety of industries.
The green room is "where the magic happens," Kaplan said.
This layout helps the function of Chief's key service — core groups, in which members are organized into groups of eight to 10 women from a variety of industries but at the same career and experience level.
The space has an elegant wood bar, which serves wine in the evenings.
With a wide-length mirror and a modern gilded wine rack, I thought the area easily became a focal point of the room — a perfect place to have a conversation.
Members can also gather in one of the two board rooms.
In one, there's a carefully curated bookshelf covering a variety of topics, from arts and culture to feminism and architecture.
The other board room features a great gallery wall.
All of Chief's artwork is by women.
There's also a bathroom in the back, which leads to a nursing room currently being remodeled. Like most bathrooms, it has a tub and a shower — but in this case, they're not for use.
As it turns out, the clubhouse was previously a bachelor pad. The tub couldn't be removed, so it stayed. I thought it was quirky and fun and added character.
Ultimately, Chief isn't really about the clubhouse.