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Taylor Oswald Team Members Build a Better Community Inside and Outside the Office

Taylor Oswald August 25, 2021
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“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

The team at Taylor Oswald is proving to be just that. In the past few months, many members of the passionate team at the minority-owned risk-management and employee benefits insurance firm have received notable recognition for their life-changing work. Kicking off their ten-year anniversary with additional reasons to celebrate.

Yvette AlvarezYvette Alvarez: Taylor Oswald Operations Manager

Cleveland Leadership Center’s Bridge Builders Class of 2022

Selected from a competitive application process, Alvarez will be spending this fall immersed in a program that ensures leaders have the skills, networks and passion for positive and sustainable change. To date, Alvarez’s problem-solving skills, commitment to community, demonstrated leadership abilities and interpersonal skills made her an outstanding  candidate to be called a “Bridge Builder.”

“I’m looking forward to challenging myself further to make a difference in our workplace and across the community,” Alvarez stated.

Chris OwensChris Owens: Taylor Oswald Risk Advisor

Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2022

As one of 50 professionals in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, Owens is dedicating time through Q1 2022 to deepen his education on a diverse range of topics including economic development, education, government, and human services resulting in superior leadership and problem-solving.

“The program is designed to further develop business and community leaders,” said Owens. “I believe it will help me be an even stronger advocate for my clients, understand the challenges that face our area, and allow me to collaborate to address them.”

Tara ZickTara Zick: Taylor Oswald Senior Client Executive

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year 2021

Raising $51,274.74 in just ten weeks for the regional Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), Zick won the coveted title,  Woman of the Year. This philanthropic competition raises funds for LLS, a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

While Oswald Companies had many men and women attempt to win this title the past few years, Taylor Oswald is proud Zick brought home the win, and that Oswald’s service-driven culture means this isn’t a one-person or one-time pursuit.

Zick also hit a rarely achieved feat – breaking the $50,000 fundraising threshold which allows the winner to name her own research fund, picking where the funds are spent. Titling her fund Tre Sorelle, meaning three sisters, Zick was fueled by the ironic cancer diagnosis of both of her sisters’ diagnosis as she volunteered on the Board of LLS. When she couldn’t physically help her sisters with the risk of COVID and germs this past year, she knew it was time to join the competition for Woman of the Year.

“What can I do for everyone?” Zick asked. “For ten weeks I put blood, sweat and tears into raising this money and now I get to pick where it goes. Being on the board, I know LLS helps people in real time with the real costs they face.”

Looking to the future, Zick has committed to the 2022 Leadership Team for Man and Woman of the Year. She also continues her board position for four more years, deepening her commitment to the life-changing organization.

Eddie TaylorEddie Taylor, President & CEO of Taylor Oswald

Richard W. Pogue Civic Leadership Award Winner, Business Volunteers Unlimited

For his leadership and long-time support of NE Ohio, Taylor’s forethought and involvement made a huge impact on  the nonprofit sector. He established Business Volunteers Unlimited’s minority pipeline initiative in 2008 – leading the charge for diverse representation on nonprofit boards.

Taylor received the Civic Leadership Award not only for seeing that need more than a decade ago, but for the continuous example he sets to motivate and inspire others.

“He doesn’t drop his briefcase at the door, he brings his business savvy to these nonprofits, providing them expertise the organization themselves might not be able to employ,” explained BVU’s director of marketing, Molly Golish Hanley.

“Eddie has heart and soul,” added communications and education coordinator, Maria DiTurno. “He gives back ten times over, he’s a great example of a good businessman, a good community leader, and an example up-and-coming business professionals should strive to be.”

“There is a huge difference between sitting on a board and serving on a board,” concluded Hanley. “All of Taylor Oswald is comprised of engaged leaders who make a difference in several different organizations. It’s not just wide, it’s deep.”

“When people ask me the Taylor Oswald difference, I always say it is the people,” said Taylor. “Our commitment to service is in our DNA and we treat people with our full attention. We seek personal and professional fulfillment. I want our clients to know the type of people who are looking out for them, and I believe we have a team which consistently demonstrates that ideal.”


View all our anniversary celebration plans, educational tools and client resources through 2021 by visiting tayloroswald.com/10years or follow #TaylorOswald10years for updates in real-time.


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