Erica Taylor is the president of Mondel, Inc. a consulting firm that works with minority and women-owned companies. She founded the “Power 100” awards program to honor outstanding businesswomen and started the Wichita chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
Taylor is active in both business and philanthropic groups and has a laudable record of community involvement. She was a founding partner of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the largest national advocacy group for women-owned businesses. She also served as the vice president of the Wichita Minority Business Development Council and on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Minority Development Council. Taylor assisted in launching a statewide welfare-to-work program and was appointed by the Mayor of Wichita to serve on the Small Business Advisory Council for the City of Wichita.
Taylor has been recognized locally and nationally for her efforts to promote women and minority-owned businesses. She spoke at the first White House Conference for Women on Work Life/Balance and was later invited to speak on behalf of the Family Medical Leave Act. She was named both the Kansas State and U.S. SBA “Women in Business Advocate of the Year” in 2004 for her dedication to bettering the climate for women-owned businesses in the area. In addition, she was NAWBO’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2002 and appointed as the organization’s Midwest Regional Director of Public Policy in 2003. Also, in 2003, Taylor was honored by the Wichita Business Journal with the “40 under 40” award.
Taylor is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and received a master’s degree in marketing from Eastern Michigan University. She currently resides in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and eleven children.