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2018 Break Out Awards, South: La’Vonda McLean

2018 Break Out Awards, South: La’Vonda McLean


Senior vice president, FINEX national health care industry leader

Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.


Age: 36

La’Vonda McLean joined Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.’s FINEX practice as a vice president in January 2014 and three years later she was promoted to FINEX national health care industry leader for North America. A former practicing attorney, Ms. McLean worked at a national law firm in Atlanta as an associate specializing in labor and employment law, defending private and not-for-profit employers in all aspects of employment litigation.

Advice to someone starting in the business

Definitely find a mentor and a sponsor. A mentor is someone that you can rely on to guide you through the industry, guide you through your career, help you make smart decisions about career changes. With sponsorship, that individual is more so a person that understands and knows the good work that you do … and helps you get visibility within the industry and/or the organization that you’re in.

Best-kept secret about insurance

The great thing about the insurance industry is that you can turn any passion you have into a career. I have spoken on panels about alternative legal careers, and in particular with my background and experience transitioning back into insurance, but it’s definitely an area I think lawyers can look to if they want to make a transition out the traditional practice of law.

Something people don’t know about you

I sang for 3½ years with the African American Choral Ensemble at the University of Georgia. And another fact about me is that I actually have an extensive Marvel Comics card collection.

Hobbies and interests

I’m enjoying learning how to play golf. I also enjoy concerts, plays, going to movies, spending time with my family and friends and reading.

Dream vacation

I would love to spend an extended time visiting Africa, in particular South Africa and Egypt.


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