26 Jul Board Member Spotlight: Tameka Taylor
Tameka L. Taylor is the President and Founder of Compass Consulting Services, LLC, a minority certified and women-owned organizational development firm that helps companies meet their optimal performance by maximizing employee relationships and fostering inclusive work environments. Prior to starting her own company Tameka worked at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio (formerly NCCJ), where she served the organization for 14 years, her last years as Vice President & Director of Leadership Development. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of The Presidents’ Council’s Emerging Entrepreneurs Program and a member of the Board of Trustees.
Tameka earned her undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace University, her master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and her Ph.D. from Kent State University.
Q: Why did yu decide to join the board of directors for the Presidents Council
A: I joined the board for a couple of reason. Phil Besler who used to teach one of the classes and is a member of the advisory board for my organization, first introduced me to the Emerging Entrepreneurs Program (EE). The EE Program was awesome and helped contribute to my business greatly. Ever since completing the program, I’ve found that the principles of the organization are in line with my own in terms of giving back to the community, wealth creation, teaching and growing our community. So when I was asked to become a board member it was a natural fit for me.
Q: As a Board Member you stated that you participated in the EE Program. What are some of the things you hope to see The Presidents’ Council do, expand into, or focus on in the future?
A:: I would like to see the business chamber and it’s membership grow. With anything that is new it will take a gradual progression, which will happen over time, but I would love to see that happen. I would also like to see us add other services, like the multiple employer retirement plans. It’s so helpful to pull together resources for smaller businesses in that way because it gives them a competitive advantage. I would also love to see more educational services. I believe as black business owners we tend to think about right now instead of the long term, and I believe it’s our role and obligations to help others figure out their next steps for the future.
Q:: What are some ways that you think you can assist with these efforts as a board member?
A: As a board member, part of my role is to help push the organization to think in diverse ways and to ask the tough questions to get us to be innovative. It’s also essential that I serve as a resource to The Presidents’ Council. Whether it be my own knowledge and skills or maybe my connections with someone outside of the group that I know may have other resources that can contribute to our members and our organization. It is also important to bring other people to the organization who don’t know the much about it. In a lot of ways The Presidents’ Council is like the Rodney Dangerfield of entrepreneurship organizations and people don’t really know about it. The Presidents’ Council is a great organization but we must get the word out there as much as possible.
Q: What are some things you like to do outside of your job and board commitments?
A: I love to travel to new places that I’ve never been. Now that my business is in a better position I am able to do that sometimes. Last year I had a great year. I went to Spain, Italy, the Bahamas, and Cuba. I also love to exercise and work out. I enjoy walking, going to the Metroparks, and hanging out with my family and friends. I believe that if you work hard you can play hard.
Q: What are some goals you have for your business?
A: I would like to grow and be international. Right now I work nationally and would love to expand. Currently I am a home-based business because I am in my clients’ space most of the time,, but one day I would love to have a space with a training center, where clients can easily find us and come in and do the services with us.
Q: What is your retirement plan?
A: Well travel, travel, travel!. I want to go to all of the places that I’ve never been. However, I don’t think I would ever fully retire. I do see myself retiring on some level, but if I do, I would do more volunteer work. tThere are so many great missions and so much that needs to be done to better our communities. Currently I’m on the board for women’s group and am preparing to be president. And as a woman of color there is a special place in my heart for children of color, and I would love to educate and advocate for them. I’m sure that when I do retire there will be a lot of things that I will be doing out in the community and I hope that whenever I leave this earth that I will have made some type of impact on someone’s life.