Principal, Springboard Consulting
Nadine Orsoff Vogel is a 1985 alumna of the College of Charleston. She also has an MBA degree and is a former Vice President of Marketing at MetLife. She is a principal with Springboard Consulting.
A mother of two special needs daughters, she founded MetDESK in 1998. MetDESK (www.metlife.com/desk) focuses on the concerns of families with children and other dependents with special needs. Through a nationwide network of MetLife Financial Services specialists, MetDESK provides customized solutions to meet families' financial needs.
According to Ms. Vogel, the strict training and continuing education requirements of the MetLife Financial Services representative participating in this organization is unique in the industry. "Special needs planning is too complex for the untrained or marginally-trained financial services representative or even a general estate planning attorney. We offer extensive training to help our specialists keep pace with the constant changes in federal and state government benefits laws, future trends in special needs planning, and innovations in planning techniques," she explains. In addition, MetDESK's management has deep roots in advocacy, and 60 percent of MetDESK specialists from around the country are either parents of children with special needs or have close relatives with special needs. Vogel continues, "Parents of children with special needs feel more comfortable dealing with people who face similar issues on a day to day basis."
The MetDESK program continues to be hailed by business and the community at large for its efforts on behalf of people with disabilities as valued customers. MetLife Financial Services is the four-time winner of the National Business & Disability Council's Valued Customer Gold Award of Honor, which recognizes MetLife's leadership in responding to the special needs of families with children or other dependents with disabilities. MetDESK has also established working relationships with six leading advocacy groups, The Arc, the nation's largest volunteer-based organization devoted to issues affecting people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities, SNAP, Special Needs Advocate for Parents, NORD, National Organization for Rare Disorders, ASA, Autism Society of America, and ndss, The National Down Syndrome Society, and UCP, United Cerebral Palsy.
MetLife, a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. is a leading provider of insurance and other financial services to individual and institutional customers. The MetLife companies serve individuals in approximately 13 million households in the U.S. and provide benefits to 37 million employees and family members through their plan sponsors. Outside the U.S., the MetLife companies serve approximately 8 million customers through direct insurance operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan and Uruguay.