Lake Zurich woman named strategic operations director for financial firm

  • Nikki Perryman, director of strategic operations for Northwestern Mutual-Chicago.

    Nikki Perryman, director of strategic operations for Northwestern Mutual-Chicago. Courtesy of Northwestern Mutual-Chicago

Posted9/4/2019 2:09 PM

• Nikki Perryman of Lake Zurich was named director of Strategic Operations for Northwestern Mutual-Chicago. Perryman, who has more than 20 years of experience in the financial service industry, will guide the firm's financial advisers and representatives who serve clients from offices in Chicago, Deerfield, Oak Brook and Rosemont.

Perryman joined Northwestern Mutual in 1998, and held administrative positions in the company's Indianapolis network office and Milwaukee district office. In 2001, she joined Northwestern Mutual-Chicago as office manager. In 2005, she was promoted to director of administration and in 2011, director of operations.


Throughout her career, Perryman has had oversight of a variety of areas including technology, HR, general office operations and facilities, working with advisers hiring, managing and developing associates and was part of the team that launched the firm's Vision Acceleration Program. She also coleads the philanthropic Northwestern Mutual-Chicago Childhood Cancer Impact Initiative.

•Hoffman Estates resident Emilee Baldwin has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Spain in the English Teacher Assistant program. Baldwin will teach at Eusebio Da Guarda as part of a project to empower young girls through science exploration.

Baldwin is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State.

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• Iowa State University announced scholarships awarded by the College of Human Sciences and affiliated academic units to undergraduate students for the 2019-20 academic year. The recipients included:

• Carly Haaning of Mount Prospect, who is studying apparel, merchandising and design, received the Ana and Ed McCracken Apparel Merchandising and Design Scholarship.

• Natalie Rock of Bartlett, who is studying apparel, merchandising, and design, received the Noma Scott Lloyd Memorial Scholarship.

• Daniel Rogowski of Arlington Heights, who is studying kinesiology and health, received the Monica Seghers Hayes and Stanley Hayes Scholarship.

• Michelle Smith of Palatine, who is studying early childhood education, received the Mildred D. Bradbury Memorial Scholarship.

• Paige Starker of Wheeling, who is studying pre-athletic training, received the Human Sciences General Scholarship and the Kinesiology Development Scholarship.


• Sierra Waghorne of Hanover Park, who is studying elementary education, received the Dubes Family Education Scholarship.

Programs in the College of Human Sciences focus on fields of study that expand human potential and improve people's lives.

• Schaumburg author Gail Gabrielle's story, "The Sign," is among those included in the new publication, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around." This is her second contribution to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which is known for its books about angels, miracles, messages from heaven, answered prayers and divine interventions.

Gabrielle is passionately pursuing her writing career in various venues and her adult children, Danielle, Alexandra and Zachary serve as her daily inspiration as she uses the power of the written word to help others.

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