"Success in Life: Overcoming the Odds" Lecture

Public Affairs and Social Policy Welcomes
Shawn Taylor
Thursday, October 18
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Founders 3rd Floor Atrium

Growing up in a public housing project on Chicago's South Side, Shawn Taylor said he did not have many role models. Nonetheless he was able to find opportunity in the midst of adversity. He majored in accounting at Purdue University, and joined Arthur Andersen in Dallas after graduation. He later worked for American Express Financial Advisors and founded Houston-based Family EATs LP, the largest African-American-owned Taco Bell franchisee at the time.

On Thursday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m., Taylor will share the lessons he learned along the way in a lecture titled "Success in Life: Overcoming the Odds," sponsored by Public Affairs and Social Policy. The lecture will be held in Founders 3rd Floor Atrium, and light refreshments will be served.

Taylor is a business and community leader whose foundation for excellence in business is based on: operating from imagination and not from memory-forward thinking; creating and implementing strategies that contribute to consistent and sustainable growth; and hiring the best, training continuously, and letting managers do their job with proper accountability.

Taylor sold Family EATs LP in 2007, and since 2011 has been a limited partner in Houston Astros Major League Baseball Team Franchise.