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Carmen Ortiz-McGhee

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee
Senior vice president and resident sales director
Aon Risk Solutions
Age: 40

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee left the nonprofit sector and a passion-driven career advocating for women and minorities when she began working in financial services, eventually landing a role in insurance and risk consulting with Aon Risk Solutions. But she never left the spirit of helping others.

Previously a key member of Aon Cornerstone, which sources partnerships with high-performance minority- and women-owned businesses that specialize in risk management and human resources consulting, Ms. Ortiz-McGhee now works as the senior vice president and resident sales director for The Capital office of Aon Risk Solutions, where her passion for helping others continues to thrive.

“I was first drawn to Aon as a firm (in 2011) because of its genuinely innovative culture — not just in the creation of product solutions, but in the way the organization seeks to expand boundaries meaningful to society as a whole,” she said. “No other professional services firm had in place a model like Aon Cornerstone.”

Ms. Ortiz-McGhee's most recent role in the nonprofit sector was as president of The Marathon Club, now known as the Marathon Foundation, which prides itself as a highly inclusive diverse network of deal-focused professionals.

“Having spent the bulk of my career advocating for women and minority-owned businesses, I envisioned the impact that a program like this could have on the growth to this underrepresented sector, and I was sold,” she said.

John Peterson, Chicago-based managing director for Aon Risk Solutions, said Ms. Ortiz-McGhee's persona is what makes her stand out. “Carmen's energy and personality are contagious from the second you meet her,” he said. “Carmen is a leader and a role model to many.”

By Louise Esola