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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 first of a series of tours set to take place across the country in 2014. Approximately 200 people attended the event in Cincinnati. 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 Power of a Game Plan”

Northwestern Mutual hosted a speaker series with Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and John Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO. The three day tour saw over 2,500 attendees and included panel discussions in Boston, MA; Manchester, NH; Syracuse, NY; Grand Rapids, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; Memphis, TN; and Cincinnati, OH. In Cincinnati, where there were approximately 450 in attendance, Steve and John shared their perspectives on the economy, the financial markets, and the importance of having a sound financial game plan in place regardless of market conditions. Key insights presented at the events were:
  • Getting to retirement is no longer the end goal - it is a new starting point. Schlifske and Forbes contend that today's economy coupled with increased life expectancy means there is an increased risk for individuals to deplete their assets too soon. A well-rounded plan is essential to help maintain financial security for life.
  • It is unlikely that individuals can solely invest their way to prosperity. Rather, Schlifske and Forbes believe in practicing proven financial principles, such as cutting spending, saving in addition to investing, and dollar-cost averaging for the long-term.
  • Regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C., there are plans that individuals and business owners can make now to ensure long-term security. Schlifske and Forbes encourage Americans to not let debate in Washington prohibit them from addressing their short- and long-term financial needs.
For more thoughts on these and other business topics, visit the Northwestern Mutual Special Feature on Forbes.com.
 
To view photos from this event, click here.
 

        

        

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