The Vice President

VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF DR. JEWEL HOWARD-TAYLOR
VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF DR. JEWEL HOWARD-TAYLOR
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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF DR. JEWEL HOWARD-TAYLOR

 

Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor served as Senior Senator of Bong County with a resounding mandate from the people of Bong County to represent their interests, hopes and aspirations; as evidenced by her election as Senator in 2005 and again in 2014.

                                                 

Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor is a graduate of the following institutions:

 

Ø  College of West Africa                      High School Diploma

Ø  University of Liberia                          Bachelor of Science in Economics

Ø  American Institute of Banking         (Honors Graduate) Masters in Banking & Finance

Ø  Cuttington University                       (Honor Graduate) Masters in Busines Administration MBA – Finance

Ø  St. Clements University College-  Honorary Doctor Degree in Leadership and Governance

Ø  Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law , University of Liberia,(Honors Graduate) LLB Law and

Ø  St. Clements University College-  Honorary Doctor Degree in Leadership and Governance

Ø  Honors Graduate from the prestigious Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia.

 

Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor is a daughter of Bong County, born to the Royal Household of Kerkula Giddings of Sanoyea District. King Giddings in his tenure wrote the script to the Kpelle language. The Vice President was raised as a child on the Phebe Hospital Compound under the watch of her loving parents, Mr. Moses Y. Howard and Mrs. Nora Giddings-Howard., both of whom were enviable professional Health Workers who died in service to the people of Bong County and are buried at the Phebe Compound.

 

Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor is a visible and very involved stateswoman; with a vision for affordable but quality education; transparent justice system; improve and accessible health system; women’s economic and political participation; and an accountable public service system. She is one of Liberia’s foremost advocate for increased and improved opportunities for women of Liberia; thus becoming a critical voice on cross-cutting issues at many frontlines in the battle to reposition Liberia for vibrancy, productivity and democratic good governance. On account of her national disposition, the Vice President is fondly called the Vice President without boundaries. While she represents Bong County in particular, her voice and views are national in scope.

 

Dr. Taylor currently serves in many capacities; Vice President of the Republic of Liberia and also served as senior, Ranking Member of the Liberian Senate serving on several strategic committees such as:

 

Ø  Chairperson, Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia

Ø  Chairperson, Education and Public Administration,

Ø  Co-Chairpersonon Planning & Development Committee;

Ø  Memberof the Joint Legislative Modernization Committee;

Ø  Member,  Committee on Judiciary;

Ø  Member, Committee on Autonomous Commissions;

Ø  Member, Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security, Veteran Affairs;

Ø  Member, Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance & Reconciliation;

Ø  Member, Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children’s Affairs

Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor Holds Memberships in many Organizations, key amongst which are the following:

 

Ø  Chair, Board of Trustees, Restoration Baptist Church, Oldest Congo Town

Ø  Deaconess, Restoration Baptist Church, Oldest Congo Town

Ø  Member, Bong County Bar Association

Ø  Member, Bong County Women Association

Ø  Vice President, Board of Trustees, University of Liberia

Ø  Liberia’s Goodwill Ambassador on HIV/AIDS

Ø  Member, Liberian National Red Cross

Ø  Member, Liberian Rural Women Association

Ø  Member, YWCA

Ø  Member, Liberia Girls Guide Association

Ø  Member, Greater Monrovia Lions Club of Liberia

As a result of her National impact, Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor has been a recipient of many accolades, Laurels and Awards from Local, National and International Organizations, ranging from humanitarian awards to outstanding Leadership awards.  Key amongst many of them are:

 

            NATIONAL AWARDS:

 

Ø    Women Activist Award, (2016) for her role in gender advocacy and empowerment,

 

Ø    The Nation’s highest honor as Knight Great Dame, Order of the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers in 2005; granted to her by Former President Charles G. Taylor for her service to the Nation as the 21st First Lady of Liberia;

 

Ø    The First Female to be given the Distinguished Traditional Title of   Venerable Chief in the National Traditional Council of Liberia in 2011,  a Chieftaincy title conferred on her by Traditional Chiefs and Elders of Bong County for her role in sponsoring the a bill which created the National Traditional Council of Liberia; and in full recognition of her exemplary Services to the people of Bong, yea Liberia;

 

Ø    The Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Presidential Recognition Award for Humanitarian Services and contribution to Youth Development in Liberia from the (AAW Peace) African & American Women in 2011;

 

Ø    Senator of the Year, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 from various organizations;

 

Ø    The National Excellence Award for National Service in 2011;

 

Ø    The National Excellence Award for Philanthropy in 2009;

 

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS:

 

Ø    The Pan African Award on Leadership Excellence & Women Empowerment, an Humanitarian Award 2016;

Ø    Woman of the Year, 2016, West African Philanthropist Organization;

Ø    Women Activist Award, 2016

Ø    West Africa  Philanthropy Awards  as Woman of the Year,  2016

Ø    2nd Chance International Award as a Woman of Distinction 2015, New York City USA;

Ø    (ECOWAS) ECOFEPA Good Will Ambassador, Abuja, Nigeria; 2015;

Ø    Women Advancement Forum Award in recognition of her contribution to the Emancipation, Motivation and Advancement of Women of the World; 2014, Gambia.

Ø    The Outstanding African Women Achievers Award,  as African Mentor and Role Model 2013, from the African Women Leadership Organization(AWLO), in Nigeria;

Ø    An African Leadership Award, as Outstanding African Female Leader of the Year 2012 from the African Leadership Award, in Dubai;

Ø    An Excellence Award in Recognition of her Advocacy for the Rights and Empowerment of women from the African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO) in 2012, in Nigeria

 

Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor is a grass rooter and a strong pillar of the Christian Community; a believer in women empowerment, multiparty democracy, freedom of speech, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.  As a result of her more than 18 years of experience in both the private and public sectors; she, unlike most politicians of today, has the privilege to be able to cut across political, social and ethnic lines, and has friends and collaborators in all political establishments in Liberia.  Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor remains a strong voice for change and progress in our Nation, and an icon for Liberian Women.

 

As a result of her passion and commitment for a better and more equitable Nation for all Liberians, she was often referred to as the “People’s Senator” and  in confirmation of this title,  Newsweek Magazine voted her the 2nd Most Powerful Female Politician in Liberia in 2011.

 

Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, a Nationalist, Former First Lady of the Republic of Liberia, an Eminent Citizen, a Devoted Christian, the Standard Bearer of the National Patriotic Party, a Vice President of the Republic of Liberia and President of the Liberian Senate, a Distinguished and Dedicated Public Servant, a Patriotic Citizen and a Positive Role Model.