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Maria W. Taylor

Managing Director, Penn State Executive Programs
Penn State Smeal College of Business

Maria Taylor is responsible for creating innovative solutions to help clients to build the leadership and organizational capability to meet their strategic objectives and create competitive advantage.

Previously, Maria was the Director of Learning Solutions for Raytheon Professional Services, a global leader in learning services and outsourcing operating in over 70 countries. She has worked with client organizations to translate their strategic business needs into innovative learning solutions and comprehensive learning outsourcing engagements.

Prior to joining Raytheon in August of 2000, Maria was the Managing Director of Executive Education for the Smeal College of Business Administration at the Pennsylvania State University. Throughout her career, Maria has worked with global client organizations in a wide variety of industries, the military, and government sectors, including ARAMARK, Carpenter Technology, CUNA Mutual Group, Dell Computer, DTE Energy, Daimler-Chrysler, Ecolab, General Motors, Hawker Beechcraft, Pfizer, PPG, Raytheon, the United States Army, the United States Navy, and the United States Marine Corps.

Maria co-authored Human Resource Transformation (Davies-Black 2008) and The Strategic Human Resource Leader: How to Prepare Your Organization for the 6 Key Trends Shaping the Future (Davies-Black 1998). She has published articles and papers in the Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Management Development, and The Institute for the Study of Organizational Effectiveness.
Maria was also a Vice President for Maryland National Bank. Her banking experience includes responsibility for client development, credit underwriting, and relationship management of a full range of credit, cash management, and investment services in the corporate, commercial, and retail sectors of the banking industry.

Ms. Taylor received a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University. Maria is a qualified Raytheon Six Sigma specialist. Maria has recently served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Council for Manufacturing Sciences, the Planning Committee for the Human Resources Planning Society 2004 Annual Conference, and Harvard's Learning Innovations Laboratories (LILA).