Leading the Way

Corinn Taylor, MSN '01

It took Corinn Taylor decades to realize her own strength and find her purpose.

As one of five children living in poverty in a single-parent household in Toledo, Ohio, Taylor developed an unyielding resilience that she used to defy others’ expectations and earn her diploma in nursing and a UC Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Community Health Nursing. She worked in health care leadership roles and, at the same time, earned an EdD in organizational leadership. During her career journey, she got married and raised three children.

At one point, however, Taylor says she recognized that women tend to put the needs of their families first and often push aside their individual needs and wants.

Corinn Taylor

“I noticed in the conversations I was having that, as women, we were always putting ourselves second,” she says. “It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I figured out who I was and the impact I have, so I’m using my story to inspire others.”

Taylor says she realized she was more than a wife and mother and had everything inside her to achieve her dreams and take care of her family. At 49, she is sharing this story of selfdiscovery and teaching others how to put themselves first. In 2020, Taylor launched Dr. Corinn, a brand that aims to empower and inspire Black women to discover the healing power of selfcare and self-love to be the best version of themselves.

To start, Taylor wrote a book, The Journey of Self-Discovery: Tapping into your Inner Power and Purpose, which teaches readers how to manage stress, be more resilient, have healthier relationships, achieve better health outcomes and make lasting changes in their lives through self-care and self-love strategies. Since then, Taylor has expanded the brand to include a self-guided, six-week journal that focuses on the techniques in her book, as well as workshops, full courses, merchandise and monthly boxes of self-care products.

Taylor also established a nonprofit called The Empowerment Foundation to empower and uplift the Black community by providing resources and support to help individuals become the best version of themselves. Through the foundation, Taylor offers mentorship programming, educational workshops and health and wellness programs.

Through her book and programming, Taylor drives the message that, if you believe in yourself, have a growth mindset and stay resilient in the face of adversity, anything is possible. To aspiring Black nurses, she offers, “Believe in yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to. Despite all the things that come to us as Black nurses and Black women, it still can be done.”

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