Kathleen Benson

kathy benson

CEO & Co-Founder

As co-founder of ORI, Kathy thrives on creating a personalized and positive ORI experience with each of the company’s customers, partners, and employees. Among Kathy’s core strengths are her ability to recruit and retain top-tier talent by establishing a collaborative and conscientious corporate culture. Thanks to her stewardship, the company has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies eight times. The company has also been recognized as one of Working Mother magazine’s 25 Best Woman-Owned Businesses, and ORI is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

What I have heard from our clients repeatedly over the past three decades is that they appreciate how we listen to their needs to best help them solve their problems.”

Kathy is a highly respected business leader in industry and women-owned business circles. For her work, she has been recognized with the Brava! Women Business Achievement Award and she was named to the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair Host Committee. She is an active member of Vistage International, WBENC, and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). In addition, Kathy volunteers with the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization D.C. Chapter (WPEO Greater DC) as a business leader for the Sage Advice developmental program, for which she was named co-winner of the 2018 WPEO-DC President’s Award.