First Job: Manipulating her parents
Lisa Taylor co-founded NexGen Digital in 1998 and serves as chief executive and chief visionary officer for business management and development as she handles day-to-day business issues in sales and support. NexGen Digital is a leading global independent distributor of semiconductors and passive components, and serves as an authorized Microsemi distributor. Taylor has done every job imaginable as she grew NexGen Digital into an Entrepreneur Magazine-recognized HOT 100 company and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist ranking. Taylor is a member of numerous industry associations, including Women’s Business Enterprise Council West, and she’s an avid supporter and member of Talk About Curing Autism. Taylor is an art enthusiast; she previously owned an art gallery in Santa Ana and continued to maintain and operate the art space through the launch and growth of NexGen Digital. She is looking forward to traveling more in Europe as the company broadens into that market, though it will be a challenge.
Advice to women in business today: Follow your gut if you can’t see your toes.
20 WOMEN TO WATCH
Introduction by Executive Editor Steve Churm
Nancy W. Dahan ≈ Dr. Carol A. Taylor ≈ Mildred García, Ed.D.
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D. ≈ Carrie Williams
Lisa Taylor ≈ Dr. Jody Agius Vallejo ≈ Shelley M. Hoss
Trinka Rowsell ≈ Deirdre Evans ≈ Dimetria A. Jackson
Ria Marie Carlson ≈ Tammie McMann Brailsford, RN
Donna Boston ≈ Margie Evashenk ≈ Dede Barbanti
Mari Kurtz ≈ Cozette Phifer Koerber
Sarah Reinertsen ≈ Sandra Bolton
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