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We invite you to look around and learn about our firm culture, our philanthropic passions and the people and events that are making headlines for Northwestern Mutual - Chicago in Northbrook. For daily updates, follow us on Twitter @NMChi1872 and @JamesTStinson

Gatherings and Goodwill

Trailblazing Panelists Offer Valuable Career Advice at Northwestern Mutual – Chicago Entrepreneurialism Event

Northwestern Mutual - Chicago hosted an insightful conversation about entrepreneurialism in the African-American community. The female entrepreneurs discussed the forces that inspired them to turn their passions and ideas into successful businesses, the challenges that come with starting a business from scratch and benefits of self-employment.

The panelists included: Autumn Merritt, fashionista, and co-founder of Sir and Madame Boutique in Hyde Park, Lauren Ash, founder and executive director of wellness and lifestyle brand Black Girl in Om, and Andrea Williams, Northwestern Mutual - Chicago Financial Advisor.


Making Headlines

Chicago Tribune Names Northwestern Mutual - Chicago a Top Workplace, Again

A strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there and the feeling that everyone is in it together, all contributed to Northwestern Mutual – Chicago being named a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace for 2017. This is the second year we achieved this honor, based on an engagement survey of our financial professionals. 


Northwestern Mutual – Chicago Program Develops Purpose Driven Leaders

Finding purpose in work is driving today’s young professionals, and our new innovative career development program is leading the way. We kicked off our 1872 Leadership Development Program at Camp Greyfield, a highly-respected learning and training center. From team building to personal growth the experience drives purpose with learning, thinking and doing. Read more in this Chicago Tribune story.


Northwestern Mutual - Chicago Fosters Friendly Competition at Northbrook Office Olympics

Competitive spirits were on display, high fives shared and awards presented at the annual day of fun. Under the direction of Anca Curescu, director of operations, and the unofficial chief fun officer, the day’s events included: a cotton ball race, water balloon toss, Frisbee throw, noodle toss, balancing act, popsicle tower, puzzle race and Northwestern Mutual trivia.

When the competition concluded, it was Wealth Management Advisor Joseph Albrecht and his administrative assistant Martha Glodz who won the coveted gold medal. 


Annual Internship Reception Brings Together Students, Parents and Campus Professionals 

The summer brought an opportunity to bring together students, parents and professionals from the campus community to visit our downtown Chicago office and hear first-hand about the internship experience.

This year included a celebration of several milestones including the 160th anniversary of Northwestern Mutual;145th anniversary of our Chicago-based office and 50th anniversary of our college intern program.

To learn more about the program, visit our internship website.


Northwestern Mutual – Northbrook Raises Funds for Childhood Cancer Research

Northwestern Mutual – Chicago in Northbrook and John Karzen Basketball “Hoops for Hope” raised more than $3,600 to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

This is the second year that Northbrook financial professionals Greg Gertz and Scott Evans partnered with Team Northbrook to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.


Northwestern Mutual – Chicago High-Impact Internship Provides Professional and Personal Development

For students participating in Northwestern Mutual – Chicago’s top-rated internship program, a trip to Milwaukee to attend the company’s annual meeting was an experience not to be missed. The multi-day event featured company leaders, industry experts and motivational speakers who provide advice and inspiration on a series of topics ranging from finding your true passion in life to building a successful financial planning practice.

Another not to miss is the College Awards Show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the internship program and a private concert with Grammy award-winning pop icon Christina Aguilera at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Northwestern Mutual - Chicago Golfers Swing for a Cause

Two rain delays didn't dampen the spirits of golfers and a team of volunteers at our third annual golf outing.  The charitable event raised more than $40,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

We're grateful to our financial professionals who played in the tournament, our generous sponsors, and associates who planned and volunteered the day of the event.  The money raised will fund 800 hours of research into new treatments and cures for childhood cancer.



Helping Hands Make Care Packages for Hospitalized Kids

There were a lot of helping hands, both big and small when Northwestern Mutual – Chicago transformed its office into a production line assembling goodie bags for hospitalized children. Tables filled with books, toys, puzzles and other goodies were overflowing as volunteers packed more than 70 bags that were delivered to the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital.

The volunteers also made personalized cards with uplifting messages for Cards for Hospitalized Kids and helped raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Northwestern Mutual - Chicago Launches Leadership Development Program

To build on our history of innovation and excellence, we’re excited to launch 1872, a leadership development program for emerging professionals.  While most programs focus on developing management skills, 1872 will hone in on skills designed to help participants lead themselves, lead a team and lead others. Read more in this Chicago Tribune story.




Northwestern Mutual - Chicago Earns National Recognition with Financial Security Award

When it comes to leading, Northwestern Mutual-Chicago’s Client Relations Department did it again. The team was awarded the national Northwestern Mutual Financial Security Award for the second year in the row.  The award recognizes the top-performing client relations department among the more than 330 Northwestern Mutual offices nationwide.


Chicago Tribune Names Northwestern Mutual - Chicago a Top Workplace

Northwestern Mutual - Chicago, and our Northbrook district office, has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by the Chicago Tribune.  The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of a firm-wide feedback survey administered by Workplace Dynamics, LLC.  Aspects of the workplace culture that were measured included alignment, execution and connection, just to name a few.



Ronald McDonald House Charities Receives a $25,000 Grant

A combination of volunteerism, fundraising,
brand and cause awareness led to Northwestern Mutual - Chicago being recognized by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation with the 2016 Childhood Cancer Impact Award. In honor of the recognition, a $25,000 donation was made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.




Stacy White
Director of Recruitment and Selection

Stacy was named the Director of Recruitment and Selection at Northwestern Mutual - Northbrook in August 2017.  As the Director of Recruitment and Selection, she is responsible for being the “Brand Ambassador,” responsible for all growth and recruitment efforts of our Northbrook Firm.  Stacy works in a leadership capacity closely with the Managing Director, to build quality relationships both externally, in the community, and internally, among office personnel. Stacy's primary emphasis is to promote the company’s career opportunity, partner with strategic alliances & community leaders and develop Centers of Influence. 



James Stinson CLU®, CFP®
Managing Director and Wealth Management Advisor

Jim became Managing Director of the Northbrook District Office in 2017. He joined Northwestern Mutual - Chicago in 2006 and began to pursue leadership opportunities. He has served as a College Unit Director, Field Director and most recently Growth and Development Director in the Rosemont District office.  In these roles, he demonstrated success in leadership and development of the next generation of financial professionals.  At the same time, he has built a successful comprehensive financial planning practice helping clients plan for and achieve financial security.


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