Chief Development Officer, 2011
Managing Partner, Providence, RI, 2006 - 2011
Managing Director, Bethesda, Maryland
Intern and College Unit Director, Coral Gables, FL
I loved the Northwestern Mutual internship and can still remember my first annual meeting being a phenomenal experience – I’d never seen so many people. Since then there have been so many special moments, like being recognized at regional meeting for personal production, being the first in my office to make Second 60, and having the leading intern team on stage at the Annual Meeting when I was a college unit director.
What stands out for me most about Northwestern Mutual is that people truly care about you and you achieving your individual goals. I’ve worked in three offices, and each one has felt like my family and been supportive of my family at the same time. My oldest daughter went to her first Annual Meeting when she was three years old and my other daughter just attended her seventh annual meeting at age 6. No matter what, I feel like if I went anywhere across the country I feel like I have family there.
The fact is, in the financial representative career you can dream big and really achieve it. I grew up with nothing – I never would have imagined I would have the lifestyle I have now. This career has allowed me to achieve things that I never could have dreamed about before. Plus, everyone has been so supportive of my goals and what’s best for me as an individual.
There is always help when you need it at Northwestern Mutual. Even as a managing partner, I could call colleagues or people at the home office. There is always someone to help you figure out problems and challenges if you just reach out to them.
On a personal level, the best advice I received is that you have to take time for yourself, otherwise you’re no good to anyone else. And for the business, follow the Granum system.
When I started at Northwestern Mutual, I was in my early 20s, life was all about me and I was the center of my world. Now, nothing is about me – it’s all about my reps, my staff, my network office, I’m a mom and a working person.
I’m competitive and I like sports but I also know how to sew – the fact that I’m very artsy crafty surprises people.
Visit Cristi Stroud’s website to learn more about her career as a financial advisor.