PIQUA — Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will be the featured speaker for the YWCA 20th annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Piqua Country Club. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon award presentation from 12-1:30 p.m.
Taylor was sworn in as Ohio’s 65th lieutenant governor in 2011. Gov. John Kasich named her to lead CSI Ohio – the “Common Sense Initiative” to reform Ohio’s regulatory policies, as well as to serve as the director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Earlier in her career, she was the first certified public accountant to serve as auditor of the state and, as a state legislator, she was instrumental in passing Ohio’s 2005 tax reform package that reduced personal income taxes by 21 percent.
She was a member of the House Finance, Ways and Means, and Education committees and was recognized by the United Conservatives of Ohio as a “Watchdog of the Treasury.” The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest small-business group, also named Taylor a “Guardian of Small Business” for her outstanding voting record on behalf of Ohio’s small-business owners. Taylor has also been recognized by the Suburbanite, her hometown newspaper, as one of Summit County’s “most influential women.”
Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Akron. She began her career in 1990 with Deloitte and Touche and later joined an Akron firm where she served as director of the firm’s tax department and senior manager of the employee benefits practice.
Taylor is a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Don, and their sons, Michael and Joe.
This year’s Women of Excellence Honorees are Nancy Bowman of Troy and Ruth A. Koon of Piqua. The Young Woman of Tomorrow Honoree is Mindy Bach of Tipp City.
Tickets for the event are available at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or by calling (937) 773-6626.