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Women to Watch: Monica M. Burmeister

Posted On: Oct. 8, 2006 12:00 AM CST

Monica M. Burmeister

Hewitt Associates Inc.

Global Benefits Practice Leader

Lincolnshire, Ill.

Age: 53

Monica M. Burmeister leads Hewitt's global benefits practice, comprised of about 2,000 associates in 35 countries. Ms. Burmeister, who has spent her entire professional career at Hewitt, has worked extensively with clients as the lead actuary on issues related to defined benefit plans, and as a consultant on merger and acquisition issues. She currently serves on Hewitt's leadership council.

Advice to young women: "You don't want to be too narrowly focused. You want to understand the breath of employee benefits. You need to step out from a narrow focus and into a broader one. That will give you more flexibility."