Top 40 Under 40: Davita Taylor

“The uniqueness of the industry is what sparked my love for aviation,” says Davita Taylor, director, Business Diversity Development at the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA). “Since the day I began my career in aviation, no one day has been the same as the last or the next. It keeps me coming back.”

Taylor joined the MNAA in 2008 and served as interim director of the Office of Business Diversity Development from February through April 2012, before taking on her current position.

When asked about her accomplishments, Taylor says: ” I am proud of all my accomplishments, small or large. Being able to assist in businesses growing and expanding is an accomplishment all in itself, and it’s one I get to experience every day,” she says.

Prior to joining the MNAA, Taylor worked in diversity compliance for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. A Tennessee native, Taylor earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University.

Her business diversity development career also includes work for the Tennessee Department of Transportation; Medical Staffing Network Inc.; Mid-South Minority Business Council; and Memphis Light, Gas and Water.

Taylor is a certified master compliance administrator and a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and current president of the Middle Tennessee Public Purchasing Association.

Her advice to others entering the aviation industry is simple: “Be open to new challenges, learning new things and adopting new perspectives.”

She then adds, “Maintain a healthy life-work balance,” which Taylor does by volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County.

“Davita uses her creativity to build alliances, using her networks from public service, community involvement and private industry to strengthen the Nashville business and professional community and inspire positive changes in many areas.”

Emily Richard, assistant vice president of Strategic Communications and External Affairs, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

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