Northwestern Mutual Joins Forces with Women in Insurance & Financial Services in 2017 to Help Advance Careers

ALBANY, NY (01/25/2017)(readMedia)-- Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) announced today the formation of a new partnership with Northwestern Mutual focused on developing opportunities for women in the insurance and finances services industry. Northwestern Mutual's ambassador-level partnership demonstrates the company's ongoing commitment to career advancement as well as the creation of networking and mentoring opportunities for women in the industry.

"We are excited to partner with WIFS on our journey to ensure women are given ample opportunity to develop rewarding and successful careers in the insurance and financial services industry," said Allison Engel, director of women's market strategy for Northwestern Mutual. "WIFS has long been a pillar for both supporting and advocating for female financial professionals. We look forward to the engagement and value this collaboration will bring to women in our field."

"I am thrilled to welcome Northwestern Mutual and look forward to working together to be the global change leader inspiring women to achieve their dreams," stated Evelyn Gellar, 2017 WIFS national president. "This relationship broadens our ability to provide outstanding professional development opportunities and execute the WIFS mission."

In addition to Northwestern Mutual, other 2017 Partners for Excellence include Penn Mutual as a Leadership Partner; Guardian and Prudential as Executive Partners; and Ambassador Partners Ameritas, Lincoln Financial Group, National Life Group and Mutual of Omaha. The relationship these organizations have with WIFS speaks to their dedication and commitment to promoting the career success of women.

In addition to mentoring and networking opportunities for women in the industry at various WIFS chapter and industry events throughout the year, the Northwestern Mutual partnership also includes sponsorship of the organization's annual conference October 25-27, 2017, in Minneapolis.

About WIFS

Eighty years strong, Women in Insurance & Financial Services, headquartered in Albany, NY, is the only organization in the insurance and financial services industry exclusively devoted to supporting the careers of women and helping them succeed. The WIFS mission is to attract, develop and advance the careers of women in the financial services industry.

More than 1,300 WIFS members receive value from monthly education programs, local chapters in more than 22 US markets, an annual national conference, professional development and corporate partnerships.

For more information about WIFS and upcoming programs, visit or contact Deborah Duffy, executive director, at 866-264-WIFS (9437).

About Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With $238.5 billion in assets, $27.9 billion in revenues and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.3 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability income and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. Northwestern Mutual ranks 100 on the 2016 FORTUNE 500, and is recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2016.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company (NMWMC), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC).