At age 10, Audrey Taylor watched a single woman — a police officer with no husband, no children — buy a home and move into her neighborhood. That episode opened Audrey’s eyes to the possibilities for women, particularly in male-dominated fields, like IT.
Years later — 20 years ago — Audrey founded netlogx, using her IT know-how to solve complex business challenges for organizations. Audrey’s leadership of netlogx, a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), has focused on building an organization that’s diverse by design: building a workforce that looks like the clients we serve, and ensuring all voices are heard and honored. “Different backgrounds enable us to think differently and deliver a better product for our clients,” she explains.
That task is made harder when women and minorities still battle inequality and discrimination, in and outside of the workplace. It’s why Audrey has poured herself into women’s organizations that take on that important cause.
One of those organizations is the National Organization for Women, or NOW — the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. Founded in 1966, NOW aims to “promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.”
Founding members included both men and women, including Betty Friedan, famed author of The Feminine Mystique. “NOW’s actions have established the organization as a major force in the sweeping changes that put more women in political posts; increased educational, employment and business opportunities for women; and enacted tougher laws against violence, harassment and discrimination,” states the organization’s website.
Today, NOW focuses on advancing six issues:
- Reproductive rights and justice
- Ending violence against women
- Economic justice
- LGBTQ rights
- Racial justice
- Constitutional equality amendment
In all, the organization describes its official priorities as “winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive justice along with other women’s health issues; opposing racism; fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, health services, and child custody; and ending violence against all women, no matter their race, age, or socio-economic class.”
Those, too, are important issues for netlogx, and for organizations to fully benefit from all a diverse workforce has to offer. It’s why in and outside of netlogx, Audrey remains passionate about supporting women and diversity.
In addition to supporting NOW, she also serves as President of Women & High Tech, and Chair of the Ignite Your Superpower Committee, aimed at inspiring and supporting girls in pursuit of STEM careers. In 2016, netlogx ranked among the 25 largest woman-owned businesses in Indiana. The following year, Audrey was elected Member of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-Indy), in great part for championing other women businesses.
As netlogx celebrates 20 years, we also celebrate the diverse workforce that’s made us a success today. We honor their contributions and can’t wait to see where they’ll take us next.