The Geneva Foundation is honored to announce that our Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Ms. Jane Taylor, has been named the 2014 Non-Profit Business Leader of the Year by the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business. On 12 April 2015, Ms. Taylor was highlighted in The News Tribune. In the article, Ms. Taylor gives insight on Geneva’s mission and the important services we provide, as well as her thoughts on the future of military medicine. Join us as we congratulate Ms. Taylor in her well-deserved honor and achievement.
Please see the below article from The News Tribune:
12 April 2015
Milgard School 2015 leadership winners: Solving military medical challenges and building a small-business niche
Educated in Seattle, both Jane Taylor and Bill Evans have gone on to succeed, prosper, build businesses and create a positive effect in Tacoma.
The Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma has named both Taylor and Evans as recipients of the 2015 Business Leadership Awards.
Taylor — named Nonprofit Leader of the Year — has been recognized for her work as founder and chief strategy officer at The Geneva Foundation, established in Tacoma in 1993.
Evans — named Small Business Leader of the Year — owns the Proctor District Pacific Northwest Shop and is a principal in the development of Proctor Station.
And in next Sunday’s News Tribune, look for a profile of the Milgard School Business Leader of the Year, Paul Ellingson, president and CEO of Bargreen Ellingson.
“I’m kind of the grandmother of the group,” said Jane Taylor.
The group is The Geneva Foundation and Taylor has claims beyond grandmotherhood.
She founded The Geneva Foundation in 1993 and worked as a volunteer until signing on as an employee in 2010. Today she wears the title “chief strategy officer.”
Trained as a nurse, Taylor now helps direct an operation with some 450 employees working at medical facilities across the country and as far removed as Hawaii, Thailand and Germany.
With an annual budget approaching $50 million — and with an estimated annual growth of 18 percent — the foundation aims to build up and improve medical care for U.S. military personnel.
In its literature, the foundation “supports and advances innovative medical research and excellence within the U.S. military. …Geneva connects military investigators to research opportunities in a variety of therapeutic areas.”
It’s about shaping “the future of military medicine.”
For Taylor, the daughter of a former POW, the mission is less prosaic.
“The people who serve this country — if they have injuries, I want to make them whole,” she said last week in her downtown Tacoma office.
“These people who served their country, regardless of people’s views on war — if I can help them, that’s important to me,” she said.
Much of the foundation funding comes from the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the medical industry, and the foundation helps match the money with research projects including clinical trials, and educational outreach. Taylor also coordinates with outside groups including universities, and organizations including, she said, the National Football League.
Projects funded thanks to the foundation are working in areas including Ebola, brain injury, suicide prevention, hearing loss and more.
Her greatest fear these days, she said, concerns viruses.
“Bioterrorism is a risk that really scares me,” she said.
But fear does not define her.
“I was raised in a family where you give back,” she said.
In high school she volunteered at a child-development center and later worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
She was approached in 1993 by officials at Madigan Army Medical Center, she said, and they asked her “to consider starting a foundation to support research in the military.”
The name came when she and her husband, who directs an intensive care unit at a local hospital, were in Switzerland, in fact, in Geneva.
But there is more to the name than a place.
Like Switzerland, she said, “We are bipartisan. We are neutral. Our mission is to support the troops and to advance military medicine.”
“Geneva doesn’t need to be the biggest, but we need to be the best,” she said.
She recalls a meeting where some 60 employees from the administrative side — finance, human resources, grant writers and such — were shown images of a soldier who had lost both legs.
“Half the room turned green,” she said. “In the last slide, the young man was riding a snowboard. People left thinking, ‘I’m helping people.’ “
“I’m part of that,” she said.
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