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EdTech Trendsetter Taylor Shead Bounces Between Technology and the Board Room

She is inspired by Janelle Monáe, Didi Richards, and Drake and keeps it authentic.
By | |Photography Courtesy of Kathy Tran
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Taylor Shead founded STEMuli in 2016 with her former Apple Inc. coworker Wade Auston with the goal of connecting students to virtual mentoring and internships. In 2020, the company partnered with Dallas ISD to launch a virtual learning platform to help students connect with teachers throughout the pandemic. The fashionable CEO spends time in schools and meeting with corporate partners while working in a tech space, and her fashion choices reflect that diversity. She discusses her inspirations and what her style says about her.

What I Do: “I am the CEO and Founder of STEMuli, a rapidly growing EdTech company.”

Style Icon: “A mix of Janelle Monáe’s sharp suits and red lips, a bit of Didi Richards’ street chic, and a little Drake. Every time you see him, you notice joy and confidence through his smile, a unique timepiece, and an exclusive pair of kicks.”

On the Job: “You’ll find me in sharp suits at business functions, but you’re also likely to see me in Gucci mules, the latest Yeezys, Jordans, or Golden Goose sneakers for authenticity’s sake.”

Style Defined: “Hip, chic, and versatile.”

Fashion Essential: “Lipstick and a pair of shoes that make me feel like a bad ass.”

Inspiration: “The pride I have in who I am, my inner circle, which supports me being as authentically myself as I can be, and the white space I fill in the technology industry as a CEO obsessed with sports, fashion, music, and technology. My style is my way of saying ‘I am proud of who I am.’ It’s an acknowledgment to the people who paved the way for me and a signal to the next generation that they can be who they are in rooms full of people who may not look like them.”

Go-To Look: “Black with pops of color, bone straight hair, a Gigi Pip Hat, black Gucci mules or sneakers, and a bright red lip to showcase my femininity.”

Accessories: “A nice watch, black diamond earrings, lipstick, and sneakers.”

Weekend Look: “Loungewear made of soft fabrics and a pair of comfy socks.”

Favorite Store: “For sneakers, I frequent The Laboratory DTX on Lower Greenville, or I utilize the app, GOAT.”

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Bianca R. Montes

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Bianca Montes formerly served as online managing editor of D CEO, the business title of D Magazine Partners.

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