Phyllis M. Taylor graduated with honors from Mt. Carmel High School in Abbeville,Louisiana in 1959. She went on to earn her undergraduate degree in histor y from theUniversity of Southwestern Louisiana in 1963 before entering Tulane Law School, whereshe received her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1966
. Following graduation from Tulane, Phyllis served as law clerk for the Supreme Court ofLouisiana and Orleans Parish Civil District Court. She became in-house counsel for JohnW. Mecom, Sr., beginning her career in the oil industry in 1972. Phyllis assumedleadership of Taylor Energy Company following the death of her husband, Patrick F.Taylor, in November 2004. She also serves as chairman and president of the Patrick F.Taylor Foundation, which was started in 1985 to benefit education, law enforcement, themilitary and other humanitarian efforts.
For over 25 years, Phyllis has devoted her time and energy to issues concerning women,children, health, education and the arts as a member of the boards of numerousorganizations. At present, she serves on the New Orleans Business Council andEducation Commission of the States. She also serves on the boards of the CongressionalMedal of Honor Foundation, Smithsonian, New Orleans Museum of Art and NewOrleans Ballet Association, and is the chairman of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.She has received myriad awards in recognition of her public service, including the Alexis de Tocqueville Award from the United Way.
Phyllis has given back to her alma mater through years of generosity and service. Shecurrently serves as a member of the Tulane University President’s Council, the TulaneHospital for Children Advisory Board and the Key to the Cure Committee. Previously, sheacted as chairman and vice chairman of committees for the Tulane Medical Center Boardof Governors from 1987 to 1999. She also served on the Newcomb Dance Board from1994 to 1998.