WGR Featured Member: Taylor Bannister

Taylor Bannister
PAC Administrator, Smiths Group

Favorite DC Restaurant: Masa 14
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Fun Fact: I went skydiving when I was 21 years old and plan to skydive again with my Dad for his 50th birthday
About Taylor: I joined the Smiths Group Government Relations team as the PAC Administrator, based in D.C in November. While working for Smiths Group, I am currently pursuing a Masterís degree in Public Policy at George Mason University. I was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, where my parents, sister, and brother in-law live today. I earned my bachelorís degree Cum Laude from the University of Alabama. Upon graduation, I worked for a lobbying firm in Austin, TX.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally? I was attracted to WGR because, I have always valued women in the work force. I believe that everyone should be valued and I want to make sure my voice and opinions are heard. WGR has been a tremendous resource for me personally and professionally. Personally, I have met so many powerful and wonderful women that I look to for advice. Professionally, I have gained knowledge through different seminars and conferences that have set me up for success and propelled my career. 

What is your favorite part of your day or job?
My favorite part of my job is interacting with others. I get the rare opportunity to connect with people from all businesses on a daily basis. I enjoy building new relationships and learning from them, and seeing what they as women and men in government can do. Working for Smiths Group also allows me to know that who I am working for is helping others around the world. I get to wake up every morning and know that what/ who I am working for are advocating for the world to be healthier, safer, and more productive.

What inspires you?
I am curious and driven in the morning to ask myself how I can make today better than the day before. My father always told me that even though yesterday was great, today can be better. I walk into work every morning and know that if I make today the best day, then I will be successful. I am inspired by women in the workforce that have overcome many obstacles to get to the position they are in today. I can see how far the industry has come for women and I am excited to be a part of its journey.

What skills do you think are most important in government affairs and why?
The skills that are most important in government affairs are curiosity, flexibility and diligence. These skills are highly valued in many industries, but in my opinion are specifically important to government affairs. On any given day your schedule could change 10 times. Itís the skill of being flexible but then following up and being diligent about your area of interest. Government affairs is a field that requires many touches, viewpoints, and points of contact to be successful, without flexibility, curiosity, and hard work through personal diligence your voice will never be heard or respected.

Connect with Taylor

Want to become the next Featured Member? Learn how here.

Former WGR Featured Members:

Megan Ekstrom

Dana Halvorson

Rebecca Maxie

Aryenish Birdie

Katie Schubert

Courtney Genosi Watson

Dena Kozanas

Martha Davis

Ivana Brancaccio

Lauren Williams

Bridget Hogan

Devin L. Boerm

Brittney Kohler

Aubrey DeVillez

Allyson Perleoni

Kailee Tkacz

Teresa Stepic

Catherine Knowles

Joan Bondareff

Kristin Strobel

Ashton Barry