The Student Fellow’s final industry visit on the Chicago trip was on Friday, September 19TH with Aon Risk Solutions, which is a division Aon plc. Ann Gariti, Managing Director of Sales at Aon Risk Solutions, greeted the group and gave a brief overview of Aon plc’s business, which is summarized on their website, “Aon is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.”
Ms. Gariti then arranged for a panel of Aon Risk Solutions employees to come in and talk with the Fellows about their careers. The panel consisted of Ryan Kraus, Kate Simons, Britt Woodbury, and Patrick Wilson, who have been with Aon for 12, 6, 2, and 1 years respectively. With such varied experience, the panel provided an immense amount of insight about careers in general as well as careers with Aon Risk Solutions. The panel was very candid with the Fellows and answered all of the Fellows’ questions as well as happily visiting with some of the Fellows individually.
Ms. Gariti then led the Fellows through an exercise entitled “What do Aon Risk Solutions Brokers Do?” The exercise provided a good overview of a day in the life of an Aon Risk Solutions Broker covering areas such as consulting, optimizing risk costs, and building insurance programs around a client’s needs. The Fellows finished their visit to Aon with lunch and a visit to the 80TH floor of the Aon Center for breathtaking views, and local insight on the sights from Ms. Gariti.
The Fellows would like to extend thanks to Aon Risk Solutions, Ann Gariti, and the members of the panel for their time and insights, which they most graciously shared with the Student Fellows.