Katerina Taylor is to receive a Women of Excellence Outstanding Achievement Award and sit on the Women's Panel the Glass Ceiling The Process The Journey The Solution Part II. Katerina Taylor is a 15-year veteran in the financial services industry. An entrepreneur, and community advocate, she also served as vice president for SunTrust Bank. Taylor successfully designed and executed business growth and development strategies, and created and facilitated training programs for more than 500 regional and local bank managers.

The daughter of a successful entrepreneur, Taylor started her own business in 2009, Smart Kidz Money Matters, dedicated to delivering financial literacy education to students, families, and underserved communities. Taylor’s Smart Kidz program reached more than 1,000 students from Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Clayton State University, Ivy Preparatory Academy and Communities in Schools, among others.

Taylor became the first woman president and CEO in the Chamber's 77-year history in 2014. The chamber’s core focus is to work with businesses across DeKalb and metro Atlanta, focusing on business growth, economic and workforce development, community outreach, education initiatives, business advocacy/public policy and business member relations.

Actively engaged in the community, Taylor serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA), and has severed as past Chair for both United Way’s Young Professional Leaders (YPL) and Johnetta B Cole Women’s Society Council. In recognition of her outstanding leadership and service, the United Way of Greater Atlanta named Taylor its 2013 inaugural campaign volunteer of the year. Taylor also worked with Boys Scouts of America as the DeKalb County Community Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign Chair, serves on the Junior League of DeKalb Advisory Board, and served on the board for CHRIS Kids.

As a strong advocate for women’s engagement in board service and business, Taylor is the immediate past Chair of the Johnnetta B. Cole Women’s Society and served as Chair for the 2015 Leading a Life of Purpose Women in Philanthropy annual event co-hosted by Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Woodruff Arts Center and United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Taylor also serves on the CDC Federal Credit Union Supervisory Board, and serves as a board member for the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and the Regional Business Coalition.

Taylor’s additional recognitions and accomplishments include:
In 2012, Taylor was named an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Rising Business and Community Leader and the Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. named her with their Doris J Harris Humanitarian Award. In 2014 the Interim CEO of DeKalb County honored her with the CEO Vanguard Award and in 2015 the Atlanta Tribune named her a “New History Maker”, Atlanta Business League named her one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black Women In Atlanta of 2015 , and Georgia Trend Magazine honored her as a 2015 40 Under 40 Georgian. Taylor has completed the Georgia Academy for Economic and Leadership Development, and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Georgia (LGA). She is also a 2014 National Fellow with New Leaders Council Atlanta and is a graduate of the 2015 Leadership DeKalb Class. Taylor is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Nu Lambda Omega Chapter. Taylor is also amongst the 2016 Leadership Atlanta Class and the 2015 class of the America Jewish Committee’s Project Understanding for the Atlanta Black and Jewish Coalition.

Taylor holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned her MBA in Finance from Argosy University in Atlanta. We look forward to hosting this dynamic woman.