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Meg North Taylor

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Communications Manager

Phone: (408) ***-****  
Email: m***@***.com
Local Address:  SAN JOSE , California , United States
Cisco Systems Inc
170 West Tasman Dr
San Jose , California 95134
United States

Company Description: Cisco Systems, Inc.designs, manufactures and sells Internet protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor's degree , journalism and economics
    Indiana University
  • master's of social work program
    Temple University
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Board, 12 June 2010 [cached]
Meg North Taylor, Founder
Meg North Taylor Meg North Taylor is a long-time public relations (PR) and media professional who is active in the community, particularly for causes that further the futures of children.
Inspired by her daughter, Victoria, who at age three, said that she would one day be a "ballerina, a doctor and the queen of Asia," Taylor founded Lending Promise in 2006. Taken by the grandeur of Victoria's plans compared to those of poor children, she resolved to help them by providing microcredit (small loans) and related training to their mothers so they could form their own businesses. The women can then improve their income - and therefore, education, nutrition and more - for their children and ultimately, communities.
In addition to her work for Lending Promise, Taylor is community relations manager for Cisco Systems in San Jose, California in the United States, where she has been employed for seven years, including two years at Latitude Communications, which Cisco acquired in 2004. Prior to that, Taylor managed PR for GlobalSight, web globalization software provider. Taylor has held PR management positions at agencies in New Jersey and California, winning numerous awards for her campaigns. She has also been an editor at Good Housekeeping, the international women's magazine.
In 2005, Taylor completed the Women Leaders of the World training program sponsored by the Global Women's Leadership Network at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and economics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and has completed coursework in the master's of social work program at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations on behalf of children with disabilities, battered women, people with mental illness and other groups in need. In addition, Taylor has been an actress and publicist for a community theater. Taylor lives in San Jose.
Contacts-Industry Analyst Relations - Cisco Systems, 3 Nov 2005 [cached]
Meg Taylor IP Communications 408.526.6102
Csr - Cisco Blog, 15 June 2010 [cached]
Posted by Meg Taylor on May 18, 2010 at 02:05PM
Cisco and the Red Cross Launch Global Volunteer Initiative
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"Before forming Lending Promise, I sought routes to become personally involved in microcredit," said Meg North Taylor, founder and volunteer executive director, who has financed much of the organization's work. "Many groups were processing from $5 million to $2 billion in microloans per year and didn't have practical ways to engage individual contributors like me. I wanted to make a significant impact on poor families, learn about their lives and what they look like, and maybe meet them," said Taylor, whose organization has operated on less than $5,000 to date. The women who need sponsors include, among others, a sister who is paying for school for her brother who is recovering from a head injury; a woman who is putting her two sisters through school; a mother who was divorced against her will and wants to educate her children; a woman who is paying off her late father's medical debts while supporting her sister, brother, mother and aunt; and a mother who is a Dalit, which in Nepal is an "untouchable," without a caste. To learn more about the women, see "Sponsor a Woman." The loans and services that Lending Promise provides are to women in Nepal, the world's fifth poorest nation. Nepal is still recovering from a 10-year civil war that ended last year, resulting in an estimated 13,000 deaths and a decline in tourism, which is a major revenue source. Taylor said she hopes to expand programs to India in 2008 and to other countries in the future.
Founded by Meg North Taylor, of San Jose, the new organization offers microcredit to women whose household income is often less than one dollar per day. At the same time, Lending Promise enables fortunate people to further the women's financial independence by sponsoring a village or a woman.
Microcredit comprises tiny loans - often less than $25 per person - to people too poor to qualify for traditional financing. A loan goes to a group of co-signers, typically women. Although each one forms her own business such as a snack shop, farm, tour guide or handicrafts business, the women repay the loans as a group. Later, the groups often pool savings, making loans themselves to members who expand their businesses, Taylor explained.
Taylor, who traveled there in March, met over 75 mothers whose homes are without electricity or running water. "I asked children what they want to be when they grow up," she said.
Meg North Taylor, founder and president Meg Taylor of San Jose, Calif., has been a public relations professional and community volunteer for 15 years. She formed Lending Promise in 2006 to give loans to poor mothers so they can earn income to ensure better futures for their children. In addition to her work at Lending Promise, Taylor works in analyst relations for a global high tech company. Using her PR expertise, she aims to increase awareness of the benefits of microcredit.
History, LP, 12 June 2010 [cached]
In 2004, Victoria Taylor, then age three, announced to her mother, Meg Taylor, "I want to be a ballet dancer, a doctor and the queen of Asia.
For Meg, this sparked a dream of her own: Why not introduce life's unlimited possibility to disadvantaged children so they can dream as big as Victoria?
To that end, in 2006, Meg formed Lending Promise to give small loans and related training and services to mothers so they could form businesses to become financially independent.
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