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The Changing Tides in Africa and its Influence on the Global Economy
Dr. Gloria Herndon, Founder, President & CEO of GB Group Global will discuss the transformative shift happening in Africa, the factors influencing it, and how the continent, once characterized by economic challenges, is now emerging as a key player in shaping international trade, investment, and geopolitical dynamics.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Gloria Bozeman Herndon, Founder, President and CEO of GB Group Global, has more than 45 years of successfully conducting business internationally. The entrepreneurs’ entrepreneur, no one can deny her ability to make the impossible possible by building relations, creating new business paradigms and co-joining and weaving strategic partnerships. GB Group Global, which consists of GB Energie, GB Energie LED, GB Pharma Holdings and GB Oncology & Imaging Group, is a reflection of Dr. Herndon’s vision and is the culmination of over 35 years of fostering meaningful relationships across borders, believing in the human spirit, remaining committed to local communities and enabling the empowerment of others.
While completing her doctoral course work, Dr. Herndon accepted a position as an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. A year after joining the USDA, she was accepted into the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Posting as an economic/commercial officer in Lagos, Kaduna, Kinshasa, Monrovia and Nouakchott. Along with her regular duties, she sought to further the U.S.-Nigerian trade relationship by strengthening the Nigerian–American Chamber of Commerce.
Returning to the United States in the mid-1980’s, Dr. Herndon continued at the State Department as a consultant, concurrently she joined The Equitable Companies as an insurance broker, financial planner and security’s dealer. In 1985, she saw an opportunity for as an insurance broker to serve the needs of diplomatic missions in the U.S. and founded GB Herndon & Associates for that purpose. Building upon her relationships in the international community, Dr. Herndon focused the startup company on designing health, property and casualty insurance programs for embassies in Washington, DC and U.N. world-wide international missions.
In 1989, she pioneered the design of specialized healthcare plans for foreign students enrolled in U.S. schools. Some more of her notable initiatives include developing the Walmart’s Pharmacy Plan Program and created the first ever National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employment; collaboration with NIH and Gates Foundation and Harvard University on the development of the Botswana AIDS Initiative Concurrent with building GB Herndon & Associates she continued to provide insurance consulting services and developed a national underwriting, program or Blue Cross/ Blue Shield which became known as Protocol through the 1990’s.
She also served as advisor to many insurance companies such as United Healthcare, AIG and BlueCross/Blue Shield to name a few. Dr. Herndon diversified into new markets with additional insurance and financial services and real estate development. These markets included U.S. Colleges/Universities student loan programs, not-for profit associations and private corporations.
She has served as adviser to several presidents across the world including Sultan of Brunei, Presidents of Malawi, Senegal, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Gabon, Cameron, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and the SADC, COMESA and ECOWAS regions in Africa. Dr. Herndon is a published author, accomplished musician and member of numerous public and private entity boards and the recipient of a number of awards.
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