THRIVE is an AIWA-SF April project dedicated to highlighting Armenians who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives to better themselves and those around them. These individuals are inspiring, dynamic, innovative and interesting. Today, we feature Taylor M. Phillips
Name: Taylor M. Phillips; Investments Associate
Taylor graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. She graduated from the Marshall School of Business and was in the top 5% of her graduating class with a 3.9 GPA. After graduation, she worked for Barclays in their investment banking division. She was an analyst in their Real Estate group, and worked on multi-billion dollar acquisitions of publicly traded companies, debt financings, and equity transactions. During her time at Barclays, she was the only female banker in the Los Angeles office on the team of about 20 people.
She currently works as an associate for CIM Group, a real estate private equity firm based in Los Angeles. She analyzes and builds the financial models for potential acquisitions and ground-up developments, spanning across all types of real estate and infrastructure assets. Similar to her experience at Barclays, she is the only female associate in her class of 10 people. Because of this, Taylor is passionate about Women’s rights and championing for equality in male-dominated industries.
Taylor currently serves as a mentor for USC’s Career Advantage Program where she mentors 6 college students who are interested in pursuing a career in finance. She hosts resume workshops, mock interviews, and technical training sessions throughout the year. During her free time, she is training for a Triathlon. She previously completed the Pasadena Triathlon and Los Angeles marathon. Taylor also serves on the Board of Deacons at her church (United Armenian Congregational Church), where she is also teaches high school Sunday school and is a member of the bell choir.
Although her last name is “Phillips,” Taylor is 100% Armenian and this is a central aspect of her life. She has deep pride in her culture and an even deeper appreciation for her great grandparents who were genocide survivors. She believes all Armenians are connected through the horrific events that their ancestors survived, which creates an omnipresent sense of camaraderie. As William Saroyan said, “For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”
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