Denise Kaigler And Jerome Hutchinson, Jr.: “Black Professionals Month”

Denise Kaigler is the co-founder of October’s Black Professionals Month, a 31-day platform featuring virtual programs, events and recognitions designed to build strong collaborations, proportionate leadership and sustained wealth among black professionals. Ms. Kaigler, a career coach and seasoned brand strategist with more than 30 years of experience, is also the founder and principal of MDK Brand Management LLC., a firm that helps organizations and individuals overcome challenges and reach their professional or business goals. Organizations that have tapped MDK Brand Management include Boston Scientific, Hasbro, Marsh & McLennan Companies, and Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. Ms. Kaigler’s company also works with Massachusetts correctional facilities to help current and former inmates remake their brand and rebuild their lives. Ms. Kaigler is the author of Forty Dollars and a Brand: How to Overcome Challenges, Defy the Odds and Live Your Awesomeness. The book is a professional development guide highlighting brand-building tips and steps designed to help readers define their brand and achieve their goals. The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Denise Kaigler is also a certified and award-winning digital marketer with an expertise in advanced digital marketing techniques and online lead generation. Prior to founding her company, Ms. Kaigler held senior executive and C-Suite positions in the corporate world at multi-billion dollar companies, including Reebok, adidas Group, Nintendo, and Boston Scientific. During her tenure at Reebok, Ms. Kaigler helped launch the signature product of numerous A-list celebrities, including Venus Williams, Scarlett Johansson, 50 Cent, and Jay-Z, with whom she has traveled to Europe to introduce his S. Carter by Rbk footwear. While serving as senior vice president at Boston Scientific, she oversaw corporate branding and brand management, and led the global rebranding for the medical device giant. She created its current tagline, Advancing science for life. Denise Kaigler began her career in television news. Throughout her career, she has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions, including twice being named among the Most Influential Women in Corporate by Savoy Magazine. Ms. Kaigler, who has an adult daughter and son, currently resides in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area. Jerome Hutchinson, Jr. is the visionary and co-founder of Black Professionals Month (BPM), an unprecedented annual initiative throughout October recognizing Black professional excellence worldwide. BPM will also convene Black professionals to build strong collaborations, greater roles of leadership, and sustained wealth. When BPM ends, Hutchinson has enabled its value and benefits to continue through the ICABA World Network, a trusted online ecosystem for over 13,000+ Black professionals and entrepreneurs. Mr. Hutchinson, founder and chief servant officer, ICABA® (International Career and Business Alliance, Inc.), a technology and marketing company that has developed the world’s leading online ecosystem dedicated to assisting Black professionals and entrepreneurs in achieving their career, business, and lifestyle aspirations. ICABA enhances the career and business growth of Black professionals with developing key relationships, and the sharing of valuable information and opportunities. Mr. Hutchinson made history when he launched WYCS-TV, Kentucky’s first African American-owned television station in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. WYCS-TV signed on-air March 6, 1996. As a serial entrepreneur, Jerome Hutchinson’s business interests have included broadcasting, information technology, retailing, and a marketing consultancy. Mr. Hutchinson has also enjoyed a successful career as a radio executive from 2002 through 2008, serving as General Sales Manager for three of the nation’s top five urban radio stations: Houston’s KMJQ–FM, Majic 102, Atlanta’s WVEE–FM, V–103, Miami’s WEDR–FM, 99 JAMZ. Ms. Kaigler and Mr. Hutchinson will be live on our show tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific. They will be talking about Black Professionals Month.