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
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.
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.