Vicki Taylor was born in Milwaukee in 1951 and has since resided in Atlanta, Boulder, San Francisco, Sydney Australia, Munich, Germany and London England. She currently lives on the northern end of Lake Norman near Troutman, NC. She brings broad experience to both management and conservation issues. She is married to an Austrian citizen and has an Australian step son. She works as an international consultant providing training and coaching in the United States, Australia, Continental Europe, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Her subjects include presentation and public speaking, building a value and integrity based culture, project management, time management, coaching skills, sales and negotiation skills and courtroom advocacy, deposition preparation and expert testimony. Her consulting provides client relationship management, culture change initiatives, and communication and leadership skills as well as providing facilitation and conflict resolution.
Since 1999 she has also served as Executive Coodinator for the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Coalition working with hundreds of stakeholders across two states to negotiate a settlement with Duke Energy for terms to be included in their new license for 11 hydropower facilities along 225 miles of river. She was instrumental in bringing together diverse interests and fostering the innovation and collaboration reflected in the agreement. Her work has now shifted to the implementation of this very complex settlement during the remaining phases of the regulatory process. And, she has recently been retained as facilitator for a coalition using ecologically sustainable water management in a smaller dam licensing in South Carolina.
In addition, Vicki is the lead facilitator for the Innovation Insititue of the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte. The Institute fosters creativity in business and community leaders by working directly with artists resulting in the ability to bring applied creativity – otherwise know as innovation – to the workplace.
Other professional work includes:
- Legal Aid Assistant with Boulder Public Defender’s Office – 1986 – 87
- Law Clerk, general law practice, Satlow and Friedman – 1986-7
- Manager and assistant legal counsel for business education firm – 1987 – 91
- Expert witness consultant for Bond Solon Solicitors, 1993 – 95
- Self employed consultant to business since 1991.
- Volunteer coordinator for Youth at Risk UK; (juvenile intervention program) – 1993-6
- Director/executive officer of the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Coalition – since 1999
- Lake Norman Covekeeper – since 1999
- Board of Directors member Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation – 2000-2006
- Co-leader Voices and Choices Water Resources Team
- Board of Directors and executive committee member of Voices and Choices
- Volunteer for Riding for Disabled and Therapeutic Riding programs
- State Park Advisory Committee Member for Lake Norman State Park
- Southeastern regional advisory council of American Rivers
As a former community columnist and occasional guest columnist for the Charlotte Observer Vicki writes on conservation issues, local water resource issues and draws on her experience in other areas and regions. Her passion for the outdoors has followed her everywhere and she participates in many outdoor and water related sports and activities.