Liz Duncan-Gilmour acts as key advisor to Embrace CEO David Cayemitte and is responsible for coordinating and overseeing strategic initiatives for the company. In collaboration with Mr. Cayemitte, senior leadership and the board of directors, Liz focuses on a comprehensive, inclusive strategic plan and growth strategy and helps to determine the overall vision of Embrace Partners.
Liz began her decades-long insurance career underwriting financial and professional products at industry leader AIG. As Vice President of Financial Services at AON, she built a $1.5 million commission book of business, consulting clients on investor and employee relations and working with senior management to position and secure coverage for hard-to-place national accounts. She analyzed financial, managerial, and organizational structures of clients ranging from start-ups and IPOs to Fortune 100 corporations and Chapter 11.
In 1997, Liz took a hiatus from insurance to attend Boston College Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude, and then became licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and New York. After clerking with a large national law firm, practicing privately, and founding a community development consultancy, Ms. Duncan-Gilmour joined David Cayemitte, with whom she trained at AIG, to act as General Counsel to two entities he founded and dedicated to cultivating opportunities for diversely owned businesses to thrive. Here, Liz’s roles included contract drafting and negotiations, legal risk assessment and management, assembling the board of directors and all internal corporate documents, developing and running education programs, managing the professional liability book of business, proposal writing and grant writing, and serving as a face of the organization while speaking at events. She acted as principal investigator, developer, and writer of a plan for the World Bank to tap Haiti’s multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects to benefit local economy, and a plan for NYS Homes and Community Renewal to optimize their spend with minority, women, and service-disabled veteran-owned affordable housing developers.