Bob Zilg

Bob Zilg

BOB ZILG PRESS RELEASE By Janet Vitiello/May 24, 2017/News/ PRESS RELEASE: Global Diversity Marketing, Inc. (GDM) announced today that Bob Zilg has joined the firm as Head of International Markets. New York, NY – Bob Zilg, former MetLife International executive, has joined Global Diversity Marketing (GDM). Bob is a highly experienced insurance professional with almost 40 years of experience, over 20 years of which was with MetLife’s international operations. Bob’s most recent assignment was as Head of Strategy & Planning for MetLife’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region. He currently serves as a Strategy & Business Development Advisor to Blocksure, a Uk based InsureTech start-up, focused on block chain powered insurance solutions. Bob Zilg is most noted for his knowledge and experience with strategy, distribution, marketing, business development and creating and implementing strategic growth initiatives. Throughout his distinguished career in financial services, he held senior positions with MetLife International and MONY Financial Services Group division. “I am excited to join Global Diversity Marketing (GDM) as Head of International Markets. My passion for my entire career has been with sales and marketing strategy. GDM offers me the opportunity to use my knowledge and international experience to assess global companies and the diverse market segments that they need to serve.” Tariq Khan, Founder and CEO of Global Diversity Marketing said, “We are proud to have Bob join our leadership team with his reputation in the industry, particularly in the global marketplace. Bob’s appointment is our further commitment and expansion to provide top tier diversity consulting in the international arena.” Bob received a BA degree from St. Joseph’s College (Maine) and...
Mark Hug Press Release

Mark Hug Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Global Diversity Marketing, Inc. (GDM) announced today that Mark Hug has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. New York, NY – Mark Hug, former EVP and CMO of Prudential Life has joined Global Diversity Marketing (GDM). Mark is a recognized business leader who has shaped the life insurance industry over the last three decades. His work has been highlighted in interviews and articles that have been published in trade and industry publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Bests Review. Mark is best known for his candid and bold thought leadership across a broad spectrum of specialties within the financial services industry. Throughout his distinguished 35-year career, he held senior leadership positions in global fortune companies including Transamerica, Aetna, AXA and, most recently Prudential, where in his capacity as the Executive Vice President he built the largest life insurance brokerage distribution operation in the U.S. “I am excited to join Global Diversity Marketing as its Senior Advisor. I’ve always had a passion for marketing and how companies can better serve the multicultural markets. Global Diversity Marketing gives me the opportunity to use my skills to help many better understand these markets,” said Mark Hug. Tariq Khan, Founder and CEO of Global Diversity Marketing (GDM) said, “Mark’s experience and credibility in the industry along with his successful track record is a valuable addition to GDM’s leadership team. Mark’s appointment is a part of our continued commitment to provide top tier consulting in the changing and challenging environment.” As Senior Advisor, Mark will bring his expertise in diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, connecting with...
Lori Epstein Press Release

Lori Epstein Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: New York, NY – Global Diversity Marketing, (GDM) announced that Lori Epstein, JD has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. Ms. Epstein is a well-respected attorney and expert in sophisticated estate, business and retirement planning and has had a very impressive career working for prestigious financial services organizations. In her most recent corporate position, she was a Vice President of MassMutual’s Advanced Markets and Financial Planning organization, where she led a team of professionals providing invaluable assistance to top-tier financial advisors and planners. In her role, she also provided thought leadership to enhance planning support for nontraditional couples and guided support for the largest diversity segment – people with special needs. Lori spent over 20 years at MetLife in increasingly significant positions related to estate, business and financial planning, where she was instrumental in attracting more advisors to the practice of Financial Planning. Lori is a sought after speaker who has presented to audiences on such topics as estate planning, planning for same sex couples and individuals with special needs, as well as helping women plan for a secure financial future. She has been a featured speaker at numerous national events including Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS), Wine, Women and Wall Street and MetLife’s Women’s Sales Forum. Lori can be reached at lori@gdmus.com. Tariq Khan, Founder and CEO of Global Diversity Marketing said, “Lori’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made her a key addition to GDM’s leadership team. At GDM, we view Lori’s appointment as part of our...
This is amazing- 52% Asian!

This is amazing- 52% Asian!

You must read this… New York City has 8 high level, very sought after high schools. Each year, thousands of high school juniors test and apply for these schools. Of the 5103 accepted students, 52% were Asians! Amazingly Asians only represent 9% of the total New York Student body! Conversely only 7% of Hispanics and 5% of African Americans (26% and17% respectively as a percentage of the total student population) were accepted by these top schools, Demographics of NYC Demographics of NYC Public School Students Students accepted by 8 Specialty Schools 42% White…………………………………………………….28% White 26% Hispanic…………………………………………………7% Hispanic 17% African American…………………………………….5% African American 9% Asians……………………………………………………52% Asian Two take aways. While a very small percentage of the total population, Asians continue to excel. Second, the lack of Hispanic and African American students theses specialty schools accept continue to point to the diversity challenges both academia and businesses continue to...
Surprised to be not surprised

Surprised to be not surprised

Big surprise!!! This weekend was fun. My family went to Carolines on Broadway, a comedy club in NYC, famous as the venue that started the career of famous comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Billy Crystal, Rosie O’Donnell and Jay Leno. We entered the club a bit early and had a quick cocktail at the bar. My wife commented about the huge South Asian crowd gathered for the show. Actually, of the 500 or so attendees, we seemed to be the only Caucasians. Aah. The comedian was Vir Das, the most famous Indian Bollywood comedian. The moral of the story. 500 South Asian customers felt special and felt connected. Dare I say that most would not have attended without that special...
This Can't Be Good for Business

This Can't Be Good for Business

This is not a political blog, but if you lean far to the right or left and plan to ignore any segment of the market that disagrees with you, you may want to stop reading now! Last week at Madison Square Garden in New York, former Knicks basketball star Charles Oakley, an African-American, was forcibly escorted from the arena by a number of white security guards, presumably directed by MSG owner James Dolan. The image and the subsequent negative national media coverage was not good for Dolan and his business. As expected, the next day there were protests by loyal fans as well as civil rights groups claiming discrimination. Whether driven by this incident or incidents like this or by legal settlements like Qualcomm’s $19.5M Women and Minority discrimination suit, these issues are at the very least a public relations disaster and at worst could cripple and collapse a business. Many visionary CEOs embrace diversity as a growth engine for their business. Others ignore the subject and can face the consequences of law suits, negative media and employee morale issues. With diversity issues the MOST talked about topic in the U.S. today, how are you approaching diversity…as an opportunity or as a...