Northwestern Mutual-Chicago Partners with Greenwood Project

  • Volunteers from Northwestern Mutual--Chicago included Jabari Turner, Financial Advisor; Tara O'Dea, Office Manager; Yaritza Jurado, Regional Recruiter, and Jacqueline Coleman, Director of Network Office Supervision.

    Volunteers from Northwestern Mutual--Chicago included Jabari Turner, Financial Advisor; Tara O'Dea, Office Manager; Yaritza Jurado, Regional Recruiter, and Jacqueline Coleman, Director of Network Office Supervision.

 
Karen E Spillers
Updated 11/8/2019 7:35 AM

Northwestern Mutual--Chicago has formed a partnership with Greenwood Project, a non-profit organization that introduces high-achieving minority high school and college students from under-resourced communities to careers in financial services.

"We view this partnership as a great opportunity to show students what is possible in their personal and professional lives," said Tara O'Dea, Northwestern Mutual--Chicago Office Manager, who oversees the relationship. "As a firm, our mission aligns well with Greenwood's mission to build a true diversity pipeline for minority students to enter the financial services industry."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

This past summer, the financial planning firm provided an administrative internship and mentorship opportunity to Karina Reyes, a senior at Illinois State University and Greenwood Scholar. As part of the eight-week program, she shadowed different leaders within the firm, learning roles in various departments including client services, compliance, marketing and financial advising.

"Through this experience, I learned that I am adaptable and that even though I am a Spanish major, I could belong in the financial services industry," said Reyes. "I also feel more empowered to take charge of my finances, breaking generational patterns and changing the future for me, my family and the Latino community."

Beyond the internship, Northwestern Mutual--Chicago hosts Lunch and Learn sessions in the downtown Chicago office, volunteers at events including the High School Summer Financial Institute Interview Day, College Scholars Professional Development Workshop and Career Exploration Day, and also participated as a panelist on the Women of Wall Street speaking series.

"To truly have an impact, we must have partners who are all-in and who believe in our vision," said Bevon Joseph, President and Founder of Greenwood Project. "We need partners like Northwestern Mutual. As we look to 2020 and beyond, we are excited to continue to grow our partnership with Northwestern Mutual--Chicago, because together we can change the narrative and really amplify our impact."

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The sponsorship is part of Northwestern Mutual--Chicago's ongoing commitment to building a diverse and inclusive firm and aligns with its partnership with the Chicago Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. The firm actively recruits high-caliber individuals from all backgrounds for its financial advisor, financial representative and staff roles, as well as its nationally ranked financial planning internship program.

About Greenwood Project

Greenwood Project introduces youth to careers within the financial industry via paid summer internships, educational field trips and our summer financial institute for high school students. In many cases, our programming gives young people strong motivation to succeed in their remaining high school tenure and also a compelling reason to attend college.

As a result of our exposure initiatives, recent college graduates have received employment offers from top financial companies. Other students have changed their college majors as they are now interested in financial services opportunities. Learn more at https://greenwoodproject.org/.

About Northwestern Mutual--Chicago

Northwestern Mutual--Chicago, with offices in Downtown Chicago, Deerfield, Oak Brook and Rosemont, is a leading Chicago-based financial planning firm providing expert guidance to help clients manage financial risk and achieve financial security

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