Through the NAAIA, Tillman was driven to educate others -- especially youth -- on the many career opportunities there are within the insurance industry.
Tillman continues to build NAAIA chapters in multiples cities (currently in 13 cities) throughout the United States to focus on education and careers, and also to organize annual local community service projects.
Rhetorical commitments were a welcome sign at NAAIA, but quantifiable results will be needed for many skeptics.
"I've learned that what other people say about a company's commitment to diversity is more important than what a company says about it's own commitment to diversity," says Roger Crowder, a NAAIA member and senior executive recruiter for Aetna.
Despite these notable diversity efforts from Travelers, The Hartford, Chubb, and Aon, as well as those of others including AIG, Willis and Marsh (a long-time platinum sponsor of NAAIA), much work remains to be done.
Tillman, an African-American and founder of the Washington-based National African-American Insurance Association (NAAIA
), says: "Minorities understand the need for economic development within their communities, which means jobs, local business ownership, taking pride in their communities, and the need to support their own.