National Association of Professional Women Inducts Tina L. Taylor, Founder / CEO of Heritage Leadership Academy, Inc., Into Its VIP Woman of the Year Circle

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Tina L. Taylor selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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I’m pleased to welcome Tina into this exceptional group of professional women. Her passion for helping young girls and women find success in the STEM industry is inspiring.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Tina L. Taylor as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in education. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Tina into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her passion for helping young girls and women find success in the STEM industry is inspiring.”

Growing up, Tina L. Taylor was encouraged by both of her parents to step outside the box and go for the unexpected. Whether it was her mother supporting Tina’s eagerness at the age of 14 to help teach math to adults with learning disabilities or working on the family cars alongside her father, Ms. Taylor was taught she could accomplish whatever she set her mind to and that not trying something was not an option.

“My parents challenged the status quo of what my sibling and I were capable of and I carried that same mindset and tenaciousness throughout my educational and professional careers,” said Ms. Taylor. “This led me to study a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) discipline.”

Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as an M.B.A., Ms. Taylor had a highly successful career at General Electric (GE) for nearly 20 years, holding key leadership positions. She was also instrumental in creating and leading a number of important corporate initiatives, including GE Asset Intelligence and the African American Forum, and served as the Executive Sponsor of Education of the first 10th grade STEM school located at a business headquarters. Through Ms. Taylor’s global travels over 25 years to 50+ countries, she noted the gender disparity and lack of opportunities for young girls and women.

In January 2015, Ms. Taylor decided to address this important issue by launching an international STEM boarding high school, Heritage Leadership Academy (HLA) in Africa. “I want to bridge the skill gaps between corporations and women and provide access and opportunities that inspire a generation of young women leaders to have a voice in how they want to help build their communities,” she said.

As Founder and CEO of HLA, Ms. Taylor consistently uses skills she has honed throughout her career as a global and innovative business leader to execute the vision and mission. She is passionate towards creating a holistic and supportive environment for young women, unlocking their potential to compete on a global scale in STEM.

Awards & Accomplishments: Global Executive M.B.A., HEC Business School of Management in Paris, NYU Stern Business School in New York and London School of Economics in London; Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University; Certificate of Engineering, Oxford University; sits on several boards in Africa and the US and speaks at nationally and internationally events regarding women in business and gender parity in education.

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NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive networking forum to successful professional women where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, tools and benefits, members interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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