WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sandra E. Taylor, a well known leader in corporate social responsibility, has been named Senior Director of La Pietra Coalition, a breakthrough initiative to advance economic growth for women and the world over the next decade. The Coalition’s platform advocates investing in women’s economic growth as the critical step to greater prosperity for communities, companies and nations.
“We believe that the G-20 should help drive this goal and encourage governments to bring about change that opens doors for women to achieve their full potential in business, politics or civil society and we will be reaching out to these leaders,” said Taylor. “The world can no longer afford not to tap the talents and potential of women who, when empowered, have proven to be a stabilizing force in their societies and meaningful contributors to economic growth.”
Housed in Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Coalition, now with 110 members, was founded in 2009 by international NGO and private sector leaders at Villa La Pietra, the Italian campus of New York University. The Coalition partnered with the Economist Intelligence Unit to develop the first Women’s Economic Opportunity Index that rates 113 countries on their provision of economic opportunity to women. The issues highlighted by the Index as most crucial to achieving the goal of lifting women’s economic opportunities were labor policy and practice, access to finance, education and training, and legal and social status. The Coalition now has working groups focusing on strategies to pursue change in each.
“The Coalition could find no better leader than Sandra Taylor to spearhead a Decisive Decade for Women’s Advancement,” notes Alyse Nelson, Co-chair of La Pietra Coalition and President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. “She already is reaching out to world leaders and influential NGO and corporate leaders to set the stage for an effective advocacy campaign leading up to the G-20 Summit and subsequently to other powerful global bodies.”
Along with Nelson, the Coalition is co-chaired by Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Ernst & Young; Zainab Salbi, President, Women for Women International; and Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, New York University in Florence.
Taylor previously was President and CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, that assists companies to launch and improve corporate social responsibility efforts. Taylor is well known for groundbreaking strategies and initiatives that she created for major global brands including Starbucks, where she served as Senior Vice President from 2003 to 2008, and Eastman Kodak where she was Vice President and Director of Public Affairs from 1996 until 2003. Additionally she has held senior leadership positions at other topflight companies and has led social investment programs and public/private partnerships for education, health, access to water, skills training and income generation for women in Central America, India and Africa. She also launched the Guatemala Education Initiative in partnership with Save the Children to provide education for indigenous children in coffee-growing regions.
Taylor is a nationally sought keynote speaker on corporate responsibility and strategic philanthropy and is a corporate ambassador for Vital Voices Global Partnership. She sits on the board of directors of Capella Education Company, a publicly traded company based in Minneapolis and is a member of several non-profit boards. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in French from Colorado Women’s College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Early in her career she was a Foreign Service officer for the United States Department of State.
For more information on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Index, visit http://graphics.eiu.com/upload/WEO_report_June_2010.pdf.