Cast Your VoteAliou Diouf


Week 3: Casually Cool

What do you like to do for fun?

My mother and I came to the United States on a VISA from Senegal, Africa right after 9/11. I had a wonderful time growing up in Cincinnati and Dayton, but love my Senegalese heritage. I love to travel and was able to go back there recently for the first time since I was seven. I was able to get this traditional Senegalese Kaftan while I was there. I’m a big fan of reading and also enjoy volunteering. Every weekend I volunteer at Saturday Hoops in the Over-The-Rhine area in Cincinnati to help the 200-300 kids attending with the homework and athletics and to serve as an overall mentor.

Week 2: Workplace Image

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What do you find most rewarding about your job?

As an associate client for Gallagher focusing on client and sales development, I touch a lot of different activities at my job and I’m learning a lot about different things…that’s what I love about my job every day.

I’ve been with Gallagher since they came to our career fair at college and I felt they separated themselves from the competition. It seemed like a great place to work and it is! From wellness plans to learning the business to knowing more about insurance, I loved the internship and saw the investment they were putting into young people. I loved that commitment from them and I love working in this tough business. Building relationships and making connections helps drive me.

Week 1: First Impressions

Aliou Diouf

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What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation? Some people know what they want to do from a young age and I wanted to play for the NFL. I know it is a dream for many, but I actually excelled at high school football and my senior year I had received two football scholarship to prestigious universities and thought I was on my way. But I didn’t take my studies seriously. I ended up failing senior English, didn’t get to play my last two games, and lost both scholarships. But my football coach showed as much promise for my studies as for my football and pushed education. He helped me find my way to Central State, and although I was still able to play football, education became the most important thing to me! When you have someone who believes in you, you can really turn your life around and become a successful person no matter what. I went on to earn two degrees and today have a job I love.

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