"I constantly talk to myself. Especially when I have a big decision to make. It may be when I am the shower, during morning runs, during my commute to work (but only after dropping my son off at school, ensuring I am the only one in the car)." - Dion L. Saffold

Dion Saffold

Board Director

Dion Saffold is an Applied Security Risk Consultant at Northwestern Mutual. In this role he is responsible for providing security consultation on projects to ensure confidential information is secured appropriately and information risk is properly mitigated. Dion joined Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 1997. He has served in a variety of different roles including a projects & programs specialist in the Field Growth and Development department and a Policy and Communication specialist in the Information Risk Management. Dion is also a member of the African American – Employee Resource Group at Northwestern Mutual where he has served on the Governance Team and held leadership roles – such as chair of Program Committee – for the past five years.

Dion received his bachelors in Business Administration – Management Information Systems from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1999. He also received his Associates in Commercial Real Estate certificate from Marquette University in 2006. Currently, Dion is pursuing his MBA with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Concordia University. He is looking forward to his graduation in May 2017.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Dion has a passion for the youth in our city. Dion has volunteered over a thousand hours during the past 10 years with the YMCA Black Achievers program. He has chaperoned 10 college tours and impacted hundreds of young lives. Dion has also taught Financial Literacy courses to many Milwaukee Public School students through volunteer efforts with Make A Difference Wisconsin.

Up Close and Personal

What is something that you didn’t do that you wish you had?

One thing I have always regretted was not studying abroad during undergrad. Honestly, at that time I was afraid to travel to a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language for an entire semester. I was also in a hurry to graduate and which would have been offset for a semester if I decided to study abroad. Looking back, I realize I missed an incredible opportunity. So now, I enthusiastically encourage all the college students that I mentor to go for it! I have even written Letters of Recommendations for some of them interested in studying abroad. Also, I will finally be able to correct my missed opportunity, as I will be studying abroad in 3 months as part of my graduate program at Concordia University.

What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

The most courageous thing I have ever done was canceling all of my credit cards about 8 years ago. It wasn’t because of credit card debt, as I had zero debt at the time, I did it because I was spending too much monthly. I would look at my credit card bill at the end of the month, and notice I was buying a lot of things that weren’t necessary, even though I was paying that bill in full each month. I took a leap of faith and rely on my debit card. It was courageous because there is a sense of security in having a line of credit for ‘emergencies’, but to date, I have been able to handle all emergencies that have come up without having to rely on a credit card.

Do you ever talk to yourself? When and what do you say?

I constantly talk to myself. Especially when I have a big decision to make. It may be when I am the shower, during morning runs, during my commute to work (but only after dropping my son off at school, ensuring I am the only one in the car). I process information better and tend to make better decisions when I talk it out with someone wise, even if that someone is myself.

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