Born in Senegal, my family and I moved to Cincinnati in early 2002, just prior to my eighth birthday. My mother, Die Dieng, who was a practicing MD in Senegal at the time sacrificed her career to ensure my siblings and I had access to a great education. Upon graduating from Central State University, I chose to return to Cincinnati in order to better my community, jumpstart my insurance consulting career in a vibrant economic region, and serve as a role model for my family and younger siblings.
I currently work at Marsh, a Global Leading Risk Advisory & Insurance Brokerage Firm, providing comprehensive Employee Health and Benefit solutions to companies and organizations, and serve on Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Vox Futura Board.
For the Cincinnati region to grow and prosper, we must continue to deepen our talent pool, diversify our talent base and more importantly keep that talent in the region. To ensure minority communities stay and grow in the region, we must confront and defeat systematic oppression and transform Cincinnati into a more equitable and inclusive city. As a 6’7 black man, I fear every run or walk may be my last, simply because someone else may deem me a threat. However, every smile, wave, hello, and friendly “did you play football?”, quickly remind me why I stay and have faith in a more inclusive, just society and system. Having honest conversations and ensuring freedom and access for all is what we need to ensure immigrant communities stay and grow in this region.