The Shy Cover Model with Ed Ligonde

In Rockstars Rocking Podcast by Ryan Miller

This episode of the #RockstarsRocking podcast features my rockstar friend, Ed Ligonde, Executive Vice President, Nielsen Benefits Group, out of the Westlake Village, CA. 

I first met Ed a few years ago at one of the largest conferences in the country that focuses on the employee benefits and insurance industry. Ed was receiving the prestigious “Rising Star” award in the employee benefits space. Not only was he 1 of 20 in the country to receive this award, but he also donned the cover of Employee Benefit Adviser magazine; the publication that hosted the conference. 

Ed’s an ambitious, young up-and-comer in his space, and he’s quickly risen to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with industry giants that are predominately known as being ‘pale, stale, and male’.

He’s got quite the story – from his early life in Haiti, to his journey to play pro soccer, to how he ended up in the employee benefits industry, of all places. 

So, go ahead and click that play button and get ready for this week’s edition of the #RockstarsRocking podcast. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • His early life in Haiti – being raised by his master’s degree holding parents and how their forethought helped him skip immigration system barriers
  • Growing up playing soccer and how he was on the path to becoming a pro
  • How soccer injuries stirred an interest in the insurance field
  • Finding his place and confidence as a shy, black man in a “pale, stale, and male” dominated industry
  • Celebrating and loving our differences
  • Innovation in a status-quo industry
  • Recalling a disastrously successful “defining moment” of his life 

So, I only have one question for you…? 

Are you ready to rock…?!

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