Angela D. Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Angie Taylor has a long history of excellent leadership, staff development and commitment to diversity. Currently, she is CEO of ExcelQuest, a training agency that works specifically with the faith-based community and small non-profit organizations, In addition, she serves as a leadership and diversity consultant for Guardian Quest, providing workshops, seminars and keynote addresses for corporate, government, educational and military clients across North America.
Prior to joining, Guardian Quest in 2007, Dr. Taylor completed a storied 20-year career at the University of Nevada. During that time, she served as Associate Vice President for Student Success Services, Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and Senior Associate Director of Athletics. While at Nevada, Taylor became a central change agent in intercollegiate athletics by with her work to generate funds for the women’s athletics program. Under her leadership, the program was the recipient of two one-million dollar gifts, which at the time, was the largest gift ever given to the intercollegiate program. She also established and provided staff for the first ever study center for student-athletes; also the result of a generous gift which totaled over $250,000. Under her leadership in the Alumni Office, the foundation was laid to establish the first-ever paid membership program, which continues to raise much needed funds for the program. While overseeing student retention programs at the University, she established the S.T.A.C. (Start Thinking About College) Program which provided an opportunity for all 7th graders of color to visit the University campus for a day of exposure, education and mentoring. That program continues to provide such opportunities today.
Complimenting her work in education, training and development, Dr. Taylor is currently building a program evaluation team that will work to provide the necessary assessment (both qualitative and quantitative) of various methodologies and strategies of program and initiatives. This assessment is critical to insure that proven methods and appropriate best practices are considered when implementing programs and targeting objectives.
Angie has an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy (MPA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, all from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Dr. Taylor has served on numerous committees, task forces and boards for the University, the local community and nationally. She currently serves as either a board or advisory board member of the Access to Healthcare Network, Education Collaborative, Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, Junior League of Reno, and Nevada System of Higher Education.
Angie is a passionate, energetic presenter and has dedicated her life to making people and organizations better. She has received many awards and recognitions for her leadership and community service including membership in three halls of fame and inclusion on two “people to watch” lists. Dr. Taylor is also an ordained minister and serves as the administrative assistant pastor at Greater Light Christian Center in Reno, Nevada.