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Inspiring Leaders: The Power of You

Northwestern Mutual hosted a speaker series with Moira Forbes, President and Publisher of ForbesWoman, Ingrid Vanderveldt, Mission to Empower 1 Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020) and Joann Eisenhart, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Northwestern Mutual. This is the second of a series of tours set to take place across the country in 2014. Approximately 200 people attended the event in Indianapolis. Some of the key insights that were shared at the events were:

  • While the trajectory of women is evolving and more women are being promoted into leadership roles, there is still much work to do. There is a continued opportunity to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what women can do.
     
  • By cultivating confidence and pursuing leadership and growth opportunities, women own personal power. And when that happens, women can inspire change and make an impact in business and in society—and, in return, be champions for and empower one another.
     
  • Creating plans and working towards goals helps women control their own destiny.  A woman with a plan and discipline can achieve great things be it planning for a strong financial future or making career moves and other choices for her family.

For more thoughts on these and other leadership topics, go to northwesternmutual.com/inspire360.

    

    


Steve Forbes and John Schlifske on
"The New Normal and Post-Recession Trends”

Northwestern Mutual hosted a speaker series with Steve Forbes and Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO John Schlifske. The three day tour included panel discussions in Louisville, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Houston and Dallas, and saw nearly 4,000 attendees in total. In Indianapolis, where there were over 700 in attendance, Steve and John discussed the economy, the markets and how individuals and business owners can rebuild their financial foundation. Key insights presented at the events were:
 
  • In the ‘new normal’ consumers should manage risk first. In the ‘new normal’ consumers need to have a plan to manage risks that were once considered remote, such as extreme market volatility. According to Schlifske, successful financial planning means embracing time-tested methods for long-term gains, focusing on steady, consistent growth. 
  • The recovery is real, but we have a long way to go. With the recession and market volatility of 2009 behind us, Schlifske and Forbes agree that the country has entered a recovery phase but note that we will continue to be challenged by flat markets, minimal interest rate returns and threats of inflation or deflation. Forbes stressed that the recovery is a long, steady road that is certain to have ups and downs, but the goal is to employ a strategy that anticipates and overcomes those variances to be positioned for future success. 
  • Post-recession trends include goal-based investing, longer-term plan horizons and a greater appreciation of the risks of over-leveraging. Research conducted by Northwestern Mutual found that consumers are extending their planning timeframes and placing an increased importance on saving.
For more thoughts on these and other business topics, visit the Northwestern Mutual Resource Center of the Forbes.com Fact & Comment page.
 
To view photos from this event, click here.

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