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[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Nakeena Taylor (Organization Leader: Legal)

Nakeena Taylor
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Posted: March 24, 2016

ORGANIZATION LEADER | BLACK WOMEN LAWYERS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (BWLNC)
THE BASICS
Name: Nakeena Taylor
Age: 30s • Status: Married • Kids: No
Place of Birth: Jacksonville, FF • Raised: Texas & Florida
Professional Background: Nakeena is an attorney interested in the intersections of music/media, technology and the law. She supports product and engineering teams with product compliance, risk management and related legal needs.
What achievement or position are you most known for? President of Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California
Contact/Follow: LinkedIn
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: Student Affairs Administrator at New York University
Field: Professional Association, Legal
Yrs of Experience: 4 months as President, 1 year as Programming Co-Chair; 4+ years as a member.
Title: President
Term Expiration: November 2016
Organization: Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California (BWLNC) • Bay Area, CA
What it does and what I do: BWLNC provides professional, educational, social and moral support for Black women judges, lawyers and law students in Northern California.
Current Big Project: Pre-Law Pipeline Initiative and other Pipeline Programming.
Staffing/Resource Needs: Volunteers are always needed to help with events, programming and initiatives.
Field: Legal
Title: Corporate Counsel
Yrs of Experience: 1 month
Company: Pandora – Oakland, CA
What it does and what I do: Internet Radio; Support the Product & Engineering teams.
Current Big Project: Learning about a recent acquisition, TicketFly.
Staffing/Resource Needs: None at the moment, but possibly internship opportunities in the future.
Additional Positions: Ambassador, California Minority Counsel Program Ambassador Council; Legal Mentors Co-Program Coordinator, Silicon Valley Urban Debate League; Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise/HP.
Additional Organizations: Association of Corporate Counsel; Pilgrim Baptist Church of San Mateo
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Juggling commitments to pro bono and community efforts with work commitments.
Significant Mistake/Regret: Not sticking it out a little longer with my business partners to make our artist management company work from an organizational perspective.
Significant Accomplishment: Quickly becoming a trusted advisor to my business clients and colleagues despite my age/experiencer.
Biggest Strength(s): Strategic, Self-Assured & Collaborative.
Biggest Weakness(es): Patience.
Career Advice: Do what you love and be open to something new & different.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Taking time to focus on “me”.
Significant Accomplishment: Paying it forward by mentoring youth in the same way folks mentored me.
Life Advice: Determine your purpose. Find a passion. Pursue progress.
Trait(s) most admired in others: Humility.
Among several global issues of deep concern, one(s) that stands out to me: Social Equality & Access to Quality Education
Some causes/organizations I support: Youth Empowerment.
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Marcella Runell Hall, Janelle Monae, Chris Bischof (and similar educators).
25 WORDS OR LESS: LIFESTYLE
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 10
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Mini-road trips & eating (during that imaginary downtime).
Some of my favorite local hangouts: A new hiking trail, Nueve, Kingston 11.
Some of my favorite TV shows: Criminal Minds reruns, Property Brothers (actually most things on HGTV), black-ish (now that I’ve given it a chance).
What news outlets or media sources do you most rely on?: NPR & local news
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): A beach anywhere.
Place(s) I would like to visit: Kenya, Greece, Japan
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): Dancing.
Favorite Book(s): Don’t read for pleasure as much as I would like anymore.
Something about me that may surprise you: I’m Southern.

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