Aisha Taylor, 28
1. Describe yourself in 3 words
Dependable, Ambitious, and Sincere.
2. What do you do for a living?
I am currently a Senior Financial Analyst working in New Business Development. I work on a range of projects dealing with mergers & acquisitions, licensing, joint venture development, and building business cases for new business opportunities. I was able to take advantage of this opportunity because I have an MBA in Finance and a strong interest in business development.
3. What inspires you to succeed?
I am inspired by my desire to strive to be the best. Every day I look for ways to be better than the day before. I surround myself with positive and forward-thinking people, and I treat people the way I want to be treated. I believe that if I keep that in the forefront of my mind, then every day I will make measurable progress on becoming the best at anything I pursue.
4. Are there any special projects or business ventures that you are working on?
I strive to excel in everything that I pursue. Currently, in addition to my full-time job, I am pursuing my Certified Financial Planning license. I am also focused on engaging in deals that directly impact the bottom line of the company that I work for. One day, I plan to be a CFO of a major corporation. Stay Tuned!!!
5. How important is giving back to the community in your personal life?
Giving back to the community is extremely important. People need to realize that they do not achieve success alone. I know I did not. There are many people in my life who have been angels in disguise and who have pushed me to understand my potential. I have always known that I was smart and I wanted to be exceptional, but there were teachers, family members, friends, mentors, etc. who recognized that I could be even more than I imagined that I could be. That constant encouragement, along with the support of my amazing family, has inspired me through difficult times.
I recognize that not everyone is as blessed to have so many people who care about them and to encourage them. Therefore, I want to be that angel in disguise to someone else, and I encourage others to do the same. You never know what someone is going through, and you never know how much you can inspire others until you try.
6. What are your thoughts about YEA Outreach?
I believe that YEA provides a unique opportunity to bring service to the forefront of the minds of young professionals. Furthermore, by uniting young professionals, we can show children of color that people who look like them are successful. I think that it is important to show these kids that you do not have to be an athlete, rapper, or actor to succeed. Also, I want to show them that there are other professional careers outside of being a doctor or lawyer. Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with those careers. However, children need to be exposed to a variety of professions so they can begin to understand how their passions and talents line up with careers that are available. Also, if they do not find a fit, they can start their own company. To me, it is all about awakening the passion and drive within children to help them maximize their potential.