Meet The Founder, Peggy Paul
Peggy Paul is the founder and visionary behind SheTaxi. The journey behind SheTaxi evolved over many years, starting in 2004 when Peggy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Like many people upon receiving life-altering information, a self-assessment and exploration period began.
Peggy began dedicating more time to developing herself personally and professionally. A common theme of “find your passion” and “do what you love” emerged, as well as seeking a balance of life and work.
Being a lover of people and connecting with them, Peggy enjoys learning about cultures and subcultures and what ultimately ties everyone together. She is tired of the judgment, hate and ignorance – especially among women and its portrayal in the mass media.
Her research found that there was a real void of online places for women to talk about content that matters. Topics the whole woman can relate to, not as just a mother or working woman, but in ALL roles of her life.
Peggy launched SheTaxi in September 2010. She stepped away from the business in 2012 and now is back and ready to move women forward. In 2021, SheTaxi will launch a membership component, with tools, resources and a private community, to fuel women’s inner drive.
Peggy Paul is the Founder of SheTaxi. Peggy is an entrepreneur, influencer, change-agent and experienced business and non-profit leader.
In 2004, Peggy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. This became a wake-up call for her to focus on the connections between the mind, body and soul. As Peggy worked to regain her health and vitality, she felt a deep desire to share what she knows, and to connect women to individuals who can add value to their lives. She began to envision an online resource that could help guide women to find wisdom as well as information, in a forum that is also open, real, kind and fun.
In 2010, Peggy officially launched the SheTaxi website with a team of 20 bloggers, a weekly podcast and over 3000 subscribers to SheTaxi. The site focused on areas that women wanted to learn more about; self-care, well-being, relationships and work.
In 2019, Peggy self-published the Road to Wellbeing workbook, a common-sense approach to self-care and evolved the business plan for SheTaxi to focus on individuals, teams and communities thriving. She works with groups of women who meet regularly and are investing in themselves to improve their mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Peggy also works with entrepreneurs as a speaker and mentor. She uses her own experience of building a business to help aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their business plans and target markets to grow their companies. She shares her strategies about campaigns for PR and marketing using her own successful experiences being featured as a speaker and profiled in articles, books and radio.
Peggy’s career includes working at GMAC-RFC where she created a global community relations program. This award-winning program helped to establish “giving back to the community” as a core value within the company. She managed a seven million-dollar charitable giving budget and raised an additional $2 million dollars for the communities where employees lived and worked. She established a global initiative with Habitat for Humanity, and created signature programs for their employee-giving campaign, community volunteerism and engagement.
Peggy worked at Olson, an advertising agency in Minneapolis, to co-create a ground-breaking program, the BrandLab, that introduced marketing/advertising skills to inner-city youth through hands-on experience. She built relationships with Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools, the advertising industry, community organizations, at-risk students and their families. This program is a non-profit business that is still in existence today and alumni of the BrandLab are in thriving professional marketing careers, and are role models for high school and college students.
Peggy has spent the last decade working in leadership roles at two national non-profit organizations where she has made a significant impact on the communities she served and her teams.
While working for the American Heart Association (AHA), she partnered with the business community supporting and promoting heart and brain health for their employees. As the Senior Director of Community Health for the state of Minnesota, she increased AHA’s involvement with addressing health disparities, outreach to communities of color and implemented AHA’s healthy living guidelines to over 500k people working in health systems, large and mid-size employers and school districts.
Most recently Peggy worked for the American Cancer Society where she managed a high-performing team who supported fundraising and outreach efforts in Southern MN. She successfully grew income, established the first ever Southern MN Board and expanded and increased volunteer engagement throughout the region. She considers herself a life-long learner and enjoys being close to medical information, particularly around preventative care and healthy living. She is currently working on her InnerMBA certification from New York University.
Peggy has been featured in the Twin Cities Business Journal, a presenter for Charities at Work, SCORE, Rochester Area Foundation and Best Prep. She was profiled in two books, Single. Women. Entrepreneurs and Single. Women. Entrepreneurs…Five Years Later.
Peggy has been described as an authentic leader with a firecracker personality. She is a speaker, entrepreneur, podcaster, blogger, and consultant, eager to share her knowledge, experience and expertise with others. Peggy currently resides in Rochester, MN.