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Women of Color Foundation celebrates Women’s History Month with launch of quarterly dialogue series


Cleveland, March 14, 2013: In celebration of Women’s History Month the Women of Color Foundation and American Greetings Corporation launched the first in a four-part annual quarterly Series, “Speaking of Women: A Dialogue Series for Women in Leadership” with Carmen Ortiz-McGhee, Executive Vice President of Sales for Aon Cornerstone Innovative Solutions, a division of Aon Services Corporation, the leading global risk management, reinsurance and human resources consulting/outsourcing firm in the world.

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee


The Speaker’s Series, which is co-sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University, WEWS-TV NewsChannel 5, and GAP Communications Group, takes place at American Greetings Corporation in Brooklyn, Ohio. The Series is an extension of the Women of Color Foundation’s Personal and Professional Development Retreats, which originally began in Cleveland, in 2002.


Like the Retreats, the Speaker’s Series offers a unique opportunity for professional women to network, mentor, share, and train other women to empower themselves in a multitude of areas in their lives, including entrepreneurship, business, career, finance, health, family and more.


Ms. Ortiz-McGhee, who is based in Washington, DC, and is the past President of The Marathon Club in Washington D.C., a national organization that was comprised of the some of the most successful businesspeople of color in the country, was the keynote speaker for the session entitled “Managing Your Career Journey: Making the Right Choices at the Right Time.”


Ms. Ortiz-McGhee shared her inspirational story about how humble beginnings, love of family, and steadfast faith, helped her take calculated risks that have led to her career success. In her role at Aon, Ortiz-McGhee is part of a team that sources and vets high performance certified minority business enterprises to collaborate with the goal of developing supplier diversity driven risk and human capital solutions to Aon’s clients worldwide.


Ortiz-McGhee shared several lessons she’s learned over the years as she climbed the ladder of success. One of her most potent lessons was: “Get uncomfortable,” said Ortiz-McGhee to the more than 100 professional women who attended the event. “I didn’t know about financial services at first. I was uncomfortable. How many of you have ever thought ‘I’m not qualified to do that’?  Well, ladies let me tell you…men don’t have that affliction.”


Additional workshops in the series “Speaking of Women: A Dialogue Series for Women in Leadership,” takes place on Thursdays, June 13, September 12 and November 7, 2013.


The workshops are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call 216-391-4300, ext. 307, (toll free 866-962-3411).


Scholarships are available for other Women of Color Foundation events. Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the website www.womenofcolorfoundation.com.


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