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  • Recognized for Commitment to Diversity
    December 2016

    We’re proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Black Enterprise Magazine named Northwestern Mutual one of 50 Best Companies for Diversity in 2016, an award that measures commitment by four categories: employee base, senior management, board of directors and procurement. We also were named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, earning a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index Survey for the third year in a row. Finally, we were awarded the 2016 Veteran Friendly Workplace Award by USO Wisconsin for our ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining veterans. 

  • Recognizing Deserving Nonprofits
    December 2016

    In December, our Northwestern Mutual Foundation awarded $225,000 in grants to deserving nonprofits during our annual Days of Sharing. The campaign awards $1,000 to $10,000 grants to 25 nonprofits chosen at random from employee nominations. In addition, employees can vote for pre-selected nonprofits to receive grants totaling $125,000. The six chosen this year are Alzheimer's Association of Wisconsin, Diverse & Resilient, Make a Difference Wisconsin, Make a Wish Wisconsin, Milwaukee Homeless Veteran's Initiative and PEARLS for Teen Girls. Since 2007, we’ve awarded more than $1.3 million in grants through our Days of Sharing program. Read more.

  • Proud to Support Our Military
    November 2016

    USO Wisconsin has named Northwestern Mutual the 2016 recipient of the Veteran Friendly Workplace Award for excellence in hiring and retaining veterans and for outstanding support of veterans in the community. Earlier this year, our company received the Patriot Award by an agency of the Department of Defense for extraordinary support of employees serving in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve. These awards exemplify the deep respect our company has for military service members and veterans and our ongoing commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining and helping them have stronger and more secure financial futures. Read more.

  • Recognized for Improving Lives
    November 2016

    Northwestern Mutual recently received three Milwaukee-area awards for our commitment to children in our community. Milwaukee Succeeds awarded our company its inaugural Corporate Citizenship Award for our significant and longstanding commitment to improving education for all children in Milwaukee. Big Brothers Big Sisters honored us with the Martin F. Stein Champion of Children Award, which recognizes ongoing dedication and notable leadership in improving the lives of children in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Make-A-Difference Wisconsin recognized our company with the Lloyd Levin Difference Maker Award for our dedication and positive impact on teen financial literacy. Learn more.

  • Inviting Teens to Experience Technology
    November 2016

    Learning and creativity were the focus as Northwestern Mutual welcomed 60 students from six area high schools who came to our Franklin campus to learn about careers in technology. Employees volunteered their time and shared their expertise as the students learned about technology trends, innovation and cyber security. Participants gained hands-on experience through fun, interactive exercises. The day-long job shadow program, part of our continuing partnership with IT United, drew students from St. Joan Antida, Washington, Carmen, Hartford Union, Reagan and Mukwonago high schools. Learn more.

  • Inspiring Middle School Girls
    October 2016

    Northwestern Mutual recently partnered with Notre Dame School of Milwaukee to send thirty 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls to the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater for a daylong technology camp called CyberGirlz. The program focuses on providing middle school girls interested in technology an opportunity to work collaboratively through a hands-on experience in a college environment. CyberGirlz is just one piece of our commitment to introducing students to careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) – fields traditionally dominated by men. Learn more.

  • Going Gold to Fight Childhood Cancer
    September 2016

    In September, Northwestern Mutual recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by illuminating in gold our signature building on Wisconsin Avenue and buildings on our Franklin campus. For our clients who signed up for online accounts in September, we made donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research. We also gave $275,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for a recreational therapist to develop and oversee an art, dance and cultural engagement program for inpatient, clinic and Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital patients. Our employees also contributed by logging their biking, running and walking miles in return for donations. Learn more.

  • Working for Change through Improving Education
    September 2016

    Our most recent Community Conversations forum shed light on education in the city of Milwaukee and featured key leaders in the education community talking about problems and solutions. Panelists included Dr. Darienne Driver, superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools; Danae Davis, executive director of Milwaukee Succeeds; and Janel Hawkins, former principal of Carver Academy, now in the Office of Innovation for MPS. On the same day, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation announced $1.6 million in educational grants to support programs that display measurable impact and create positive change within the community, with an emphasis on third-grade reading proficiency as well as college and career readiness. Read more.

  • Gathering School Supplies for Kids
    August 2016

    In August, our employee resource groups once again joined forces and took the lead on our annual back-to-school backpack drive that benefits local charities helping children in our community. Through their volunteer efforts, Northwestern Mutual employees donated 560 backpacks and 56 boxes of school supplies to Gwen T. Jackson Elementary School, Penfield Children’s Center, Hmong American Peace Academy, the USO (for children of deployed troops), Hope House, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and Nativity Jesuit Academy. Learn more about how we help people.

  • Expressing Gratitude to Teachers
    August 2016

    In May, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation helped students at Clarke Street School surprise their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week as a thank you for their hard work and dedication. The surprise included a $100 donation for each teacher’s classroom. The school invited the teachers to an “assembly,” and when they arrived, they were met by a roomful of cheering students, music and a large Thank-You banner. A total donation of $10,000 was awarded to the school to help offset the out-of-pocket expenses many teachers pay for supplies to help their students learn at a time of limited budgets. Read more.

  • Recognizing Worker Contributions
    August 2016

    In August, we and our general contractor team of Gilbane | C.G. Schmidt held a special event to recognize and celebrate the glass workers who have been building our curtain wall for The Tower as well as the companies responsible for hiring and training them: Benson Industries, Duwe Metal Products (a local certified small business enterprise), Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP, the Milwaukee Building Trades, the glaziers’ union and the City of Milwaukee. The workers – all Milwaukee residents hired through the city’s Residents Preference Program – were either underemployed or unemployed prior to being brought onto our project. The group enjoyed a tour of The Tower prior to each worker receiving an award plaque and being congratulated by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Learn more.

  • Brightening Spirits with Music
    August 2016

    In June, our Northwestern Mutual volunteer choir gave a concert for residents of the Milwaukee Jewish Home. The choir performs a number of charity concerts in our community every year. Engagements have included the Zablocki VA Medical Center, Clinton Rose Senior Center, Grand Avenue Club, St. Benedict’s Meal Program, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Catholic Home. During the holiday season, the group sponsors food and clothing drives for those in need. And each year they team up with a United Performing Arts Fund partner to help promote the annual UPAF campaign. Learn more.

  • Making a Commitment to Local Neighborhoods
    June 2016

    To support the community-led initiatives in our hometown of Milwaukee, our Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently awarded nearly $1 million in grants to nonprofits through the company's neighborhood grants program. The grants will benefit the 70,000 residents of Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods. Our company has been investing in these neighborhoods since 2013 by providing funding to nonprofits focused on the following four outcomes: safe neighborhoods; healthy and thriving youth; strong families and quality education. Learn more.

  • Honoring a Community, Mourning a Tragedy
    June 2016

    With heavy hearts, members of Northwestern Mutual’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allies (LGBTA) employee resource group showed support for Milwaukee’s LGBT community by marching in the 2016 Milwaukee Pride Parade. This year's parade theme was "heroes of pride," an idea that seemed to take on new meaning in the wake of the attack in Orlando early that morning. For the second year in a row, the group’s parade entry brought home the first-place award for best Marching Unit. The following day, ERG members solemnly participated in a vigil at Milwaukee City Hall to show solidarity with the Orlando victims and families. Learn more.

  • Strengthening the Performing Arts
    June 2016

    Northwestern Mutual continues to play a crucial role in keeping Milwaukee's performing arts community strong – largely due to the generous support of our employees. Our 2016 United Performing Arts Fund campaign raised $896,289, exceeding our goal by 12 percent. Milwaukee is home to nearly 6,000 actors, dancers, musicians and behind-the-scenes specialists who produce over 2,000 live performances of music, dance, theater and opera each year. More than one million people are touched each year through their performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships. We’re proud to support them. Learn more.

  • Stepping Up for Kids
    June 2016

    We’re stepping up to the plate this baseball season with a $150,000 gift to Brewers Community Foundation to address the need for youth mentors in the Milwaukee community. The Northwestern Mutual foundation grant will fund the Mentoring the Ultimate Match campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee and sponsor the 50/50 Raffle that occurs during the sixth inning of every game. The match campaign elements include a scoreboard video message at each game, information for attendees on becoming a mentor and 500 tickets to Big Brothers Big Sisters for matches to attend a game. Learn more.

  • Advocating Diverse Leadership
    June 2016

    Members of our Hispanic employee resource group and diversity and inclusion team were among the 200 area professionals who attended the 3rd Annual Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit held at the We Energies corporate offices in March. The half-day summit focused on professional growth, leadership development, and best practices for companies and employee resource groups. Guest speakers included Karl Gouverneur, Northwestern Mutual vice president and chief technology officer, and Jorge Quezada, our director of leadership development for diversity and inclusion. Find out more.

  • Recognized for Supporting Military Families
    June 2016

    Volunteers from Northwestern Mutual’s military veterans’ employee resource group were recognized by USO Wisconsin at a February awards dinner in Milwaukee. The volunteers were commended for their support of the Army National Guard Unit Family Day in West Bend last summer and for helping out at the USO’s Operation Christmas, an event that made the holiday special for more than 200 military family members in need. USO Wisconsin serves about 16,000 active-duty military families in our state. Learn more.

  • Assisting High School Students
    June 2016

    The Northwestern Mutual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allies (LGBTA) employee resource group joined resource groups from several other local companies to co-sponsor Milwaukee LGBT Career Night. More than 60 area high school and college students attended this first-time event, which focused on empowering LGBT individuals and allies to achieve academic and career success. LGBTA employee resource group volunteers engaged with career-seekers, sharing the mission of the group and the benefits of working at Northwestern Mutual. Learn more.

  • Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    February 2016

    Nearly 450 Northwestern Mutual employees spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day on, rather than a day off, by volunteering more than 1,600 hours of time in service to others and the community. Organized by the company's African-American Employee Resource Group and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, employees volunteered at more than a dozen sites throughout Greater Milwaukee including schools, shelters, food pantries, child-care facilities and community centers. Activities included preparing and serving hot meals, beautifying local schools, mural painting, organizing and cleaning, and mentoring and tutoring children and teens. Learn more.

  • Building Leadership Skills
    February 2016

    Northwestern Mutual was the presenting sponsor of the Wisconsin LGBTQ Leadership Conference in February, hosting two sessions: "Financial Planning for the LGBT Community" and "Being LGBT in Corporate America." Members of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies (LGBTA) employee resource group participated in the event, networking with leaders from throughout Wisconsin to dive deeper into issues facing the LGBT community. Dan Riedl, Northwestern Mutual vice president of field distribution policies and administration, provided the opening keynote speech. Learn more.

  • Supporting Cultural Opportunities
    February 2016

    We continue to invest in the city we’ve called home for more than 160 years. Recently, through our Northwestern Mutual Foundation, we awarded more than $700,000 in grants to Milwaukee attractions. The grants will support 10 nonprofits that provide cultural opportunities throughout the greater Milwaukee region. The programs selected focus on opportunities for children and families, attracting and retaining a strong workforce and enhancing tourism. Recipients include Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Brewers Community Foundation, Discovery World, Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee Art Museum, among others. Learn more.


  • Engaging Employees in Supporting Our Community
    December 2015

    This holiday season, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is recognizing organizations that improve the Milwaukee community by awarding $225,000 in grants to deserving nonprofits. Through its Days of Sharing program, 25 local organizations will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 on behalf of Northwestern Mutual employees. The annual campaign, now in its eighth year, awards grants based on employee nominations. The winning organizations were chosen throughout the month of November. This year, more than 500 employees nominated their nonprofits of choice. Employees were surprised by the announcement their nonprofits had won. See their reactions.

  • Helping Feed the Community
    November 2015

    Our employees’ generosity helped us exceed our goal for the 2015 Hunger Task Force holiday food drive. The challenge was to collect 1,600 boxes of Bisquick for pie crusts, pancakes, muffins and more. Two different teams of employees took the challenge and collected 1,768 boxes (622 pounds) of the popular baking mix! The ultimate winners are the Milwaukee families in need who will use the Bisquick collected to make 14,929 pancakes or 7,837 biscuits this holiday season. Learn more about how we help people in our community

  • Recognized for Corporate Citizenship
    November 2015

    Northwestern Mutual recently received awards honoring our focus areas. named our company “Corporate Citizen of the Year” in November, recognizing our financial contributions, company-sponsored programs and community volunteerism. In addition, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors recognized us with two awards. Both the company and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation received its “Excellence in Education” award for our commitment to improving student achievement. In 2015, the foundation awarded nearly $1.6 million to support programs focused on third grade reading and higher education in Milwaukee. Learn more.

  • Surpassing Our United Way Campaign Goal
    October 2015

    This fall, Northwestern Mutual raised $1.75 million for United Way, with 82 percent of our employees participating. Our theme, “Heroes Inspire: Be a Hero,” gave everyone the chance to be the “superhero” they’ve always wanted to be by giving, advocating and volunteering to make our community a better place to live and work. For more than 100 years, Northwestern Mutual has been a proud supporter of our local United Way. Find out more.

  • Leading Locally in the Fight Against AIDS
    October 2015

    In October, our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Resource Group (LGBTA-ERG) raised more than $6,500 in the 2015 AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run. The amount they raised distinguished this group as the winner – for the second year in a row – of the Cream City Foundation’s Corporate ERG Challenge. Our LGBTA-ERG’s contribution was added to other donations from around the state to total $402,542 raised by this year’s walk and run to continue the battle against AIDS. Learn more.

  • Teaming up with Teen Athletes
    September 2015

    Northwestern Mutual volunteers recently teamed up with athletes competing in the Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games, which brought more than 1,000 teens from across the country and Israel together for an Olympic-style competition. The teen athletes and Northwestern Mutual volunteers constructed a free fitness playground in Walker’s Square and completed other projects inside the halls of the United Community Center located in Muskego Way – a neighborhood supported by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. The playground project was made possible by a $75,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Learn more.

  • Donating New Backpacks for Schoolkids
    September 2015

    This fall our five employee resource groups (ERGs) once again collaborated and took the lead on a special back-to-school backpack drive. Through their efforts, Northwestern Mutual employees donated nearly 370 backpacks and more than 30 boxes of school supplies. The backpack drive is an annual activity that benefits children at Gwen T. Jackson School, Bruce-Guadalupe Community School and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Participating were the Hispanic, African American, Women’s, Military Veterans, and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Allies ERGs. Learn more about how we help people.

  • Working Toward Solutions
    August 2015

    In August, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the executive director of Milwaukee’s COA Youth & Family Centers, Tom Schneider, spoke to about 200 of our employees about the needs and successes of our Milwaukee neighborhoods. Our employees donate thousands of volunteer hours each year to programs such as Time to Read, helping third graders improve their reading skills, and Time for Success, a mentoring program for seventh- and eighth-grade students. In 2015, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has donated more than $1 million in grants to 25 nonprofit partners working to enhance neighborhood safety, quality education, and youth and family programming. Read more.

  • Celebrating Service to Country
    August 2015

    In September, some members of Northwestern Mutual’s military veterans employee resource group brought their family members along to volunteer at Family Day at the Wisconsin Army National Guard aviation unit’s flight facility in West Bend. The annual event, which offers National Guard service members and their families a day of social activities, games and lunch, was coordinated through USO Wisconsin, Inc. The group had the honor of witnessing service awards and promotions given to National Guard members during a special presentation of medals and commendations. Learn more.

  • Helping Girls on the Run
    June 2015

    Northwestern Mutual, through its women’s employee resource group (W-ERG), partners with Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee to help inspire pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. The third- through eighth-grade girls participate in a 10-week interactive curriculum that incorporates running games and culminates in a 5K race. The GOTR of Greater Milwaukee’s race was held in June at Bayshore Town Center. Eight members of our W-ERG served as volunteer coaches for girls who participated in the program at the Pettit National Ice Center, Northwestern Mutual’s GOTR training site. Find out more.

  • Honoring Area Military Veterans
    June 2015

    Members of our military veterans employee resource group observed D-Day at General Mitchell International Airport, welcoming 140 area veterans returning from the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The Honor Flight takes World War II, Korean War and terminally ill veterans from other conflicts to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials built in their honor. Find out more.

  • Fighting Childhood Cancer One Cup at a Time
    June 2015

    In June, our general contractor team of Gilbane | C.G. Schmidt hosted a lemonade stand at the edge of our construction site to raise money for our nonprofit partner, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. They had a personal reason for doing so: The project manager on our Tower and Commons has an 11-year-old son who is receiving treatment for cancer at the Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In just two hours, the stand raised more than $5,000, which will fund more than 100 hours of research. Learn more.

  • Partnering for Progress
    June 2015

    Northwestern Mutual is among several private and public entities that are partnering with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District (MMSD) in a program to help minimize stormwater runoff entering our city’s sewer system. The MMSD will help us with the costs of constructing a green roof system on top of our future Commons. The perennial and annual plantings in the system will capture and retain precipitation, keeping an estimated 512,000 gallons of stormwater runoff from the sewers each year. Read more.

  • Supporting Financial Literacy
    June 2015

    With a commitment to both funding and volunteerism, Northwestern Mutual’s African American Employee Resource Group (AA-ERG) has selected Make a Difference – Wisconsin Inc. (MADW) as their signature community partner. The nonprofit group provides financial literacy programs and resources that help empower students to make sound financial decisions. The AA-ERG’s commitment was accompanied by a $5,000 donation, provided through the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, to support MADW’s financial literacy programs in Milwaukee-area high schools. The grant will provide an additional 90 Milwaukee-area teens with financial literacy education during the 2014 – 2015 school year. Learn more.

  • Making a Difference in the LGBT Community
    June 2015

    In June, a team from our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allies employee resource group won the Best Marching Unit award at this year’s Milwaukee Pride Parade. Earlier this year, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation donated $5,000 to Diverse & Resilient Inc. (D&R) on behalf of the group. The donation recognizes and supports D&R for their efforts to increase acceptance, end discrimination, promote health and well-being, and build leadership skills and confidence among LGBT people. Learn more.

  • Sharing Insights on Hispanic Talent
    May 2015

    In May, two members of our Hispanic employee resource group participated in a panel discussion on tapping into the Hispanic talent pool, sharing their insights and success stories on the potential of the Hispanic workforce. The event was hosted by the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources in partnership with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Learn more.

  • Enabling More Children to Discover New Things
    May 2015

    The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is helping Discovery World connect with more children and families by funding an extra day of operating hours from April 6 to Aug. 31. Since opening on the lakefront in 2007, Discovery World has traditionally been closed to the public on Mondays throughout the year. Being open one more day each week over the spring and summer months enables Discovery World to facilitate additional school group demand and accommodate tourists during busy seasons. Discover more.

  • Making Happy Faces Stealing Bases
    May 2015

    For the fifth year in a row, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is partnering with the Brewers Community Foundation for its Stolen Bases, Happy Faces campaign benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee. Throughout the 2015 season, every Brewers stolen base at Miller Park will generate a $1,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters. To date, Northwestern Mutual has donated more than $350,000 through this partnership to focus on youth and their families. Find out more.

  • Embracing Historical Connections
    April 2015

    Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently helped the Milwaukee Public Museum open its first new permanent exhibition in 10 years, Crossroads of Civilization: Ancient Worlds of the Near East and Mediterranean. The exhibit explores how the ancient civilizations of Africa, Europe and Asia came together to form an epicenter of complex culture, creating not just a physical crossroads, but an intellectual one as well. The exhibit contains life-sized figures created in-house by the museum exhibits team, including a recreation of King Tutankhamun in his chariot. Learn more.

  • Honored for Our Commitment to Small Businesses
    April 2015

    Northwestern Mutual was honored at the Business Journal’s Central City Business Awards in March for our commitment to using Milwaukee-area firms on the $450 million Tower and Commons building project. More than five dozen local and Wisconsin-based small business enterprises (SBEs) have been contracted to work on the project, which is creating hundreds of jobs for city residents who are certified through Milwaukee’s Residents Preference Program (RPPs). In a recent quarterly report released by the city, we are exceeding our goals of hiring SBEs for 25 percent of the work and utilizing RPPs for 40 percent of the hours worked. Learn more.

  • Supporting Milwaukee's Performing Arts Programs
    April 2015

    Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) campaign, themed Feel Like a Kid Again. Campaign activities included musicians, dance groups and a mime performing over lunch hours outside our employee dining areas. A dress-up trunk provided fun props for selfies and group pictures. Programs supported by UPAF provide opportunities for kids to learn and grow. Each year nearly 400,000 children in Southeastern Wisconsin, many underserved, get access to the arts thanks to these programs. We’re proud to be UPAF’s largest corporate donor. Learn more about UPAF.

  • Northwestern Mutual Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Wisconsin Science Olympiad
    April 2015

    In April, the 2015 Wisconsin Science Olympiad, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, drew more than 900 of Wisconsin’s top high-school science students to an annual competition hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Two Northwestern Mutual executives – Karl Gouverneur, vice president and chief technology officer, and Sheldon Cuffie, a graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools and currently vice president of information systems – spoke to the group about the importance of early education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the many career choices they can lead to. Gouverneur later helped present awards to the winning students. Learn more.

  • Reinforcing Our Commitment to Early Childhood Education
    March 2015

    Valentine’s Day marked the debut of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Word Headquarters, a new feature exhibit that highlights literacy as the key to a child’s academic and lifelong success. Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation funded the project, which reflects our commitment to early childhood education and school readiness. The exhibit highlights the foundation’s focus area on increasing third grade reading proficiency. Northwestern Mutual wants every child in our Milwaukee community to succeed, and this exhibit will help make reading fun and engaging. Read more.

  • Mentoring Seventh Grade Students
    March 2015

    Members of our Hispanic Employee Resource Group (H-ERG) recently shared their perspectives on career opportunities with seventh graders from Bruce Guadalupe Community School. During the event, which is part of Northwestern Mutual’s Time for Success program, H-ERG members talked about their backgrounds, education and career journeys to help the students understand the importance of developing positive habits for lifelong success. Find out more.

  • Supporting Milwaukee County Zoo and a Special New Occupant
    March 2015

    In partnership with the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee have been transforming the Outdoor Gorilla Exhibit to create a more enriching habitat for the resident gorilla troop. Through this partnership, the Zoological Society presented Northwestern Mutual employees the opportunity to name the new male baby gorilla. More than 1,200 of our employees participated in a seven-day social media campaign, voting between four options. Two-thirds of the votes came in for the name Sulaiman – which means “peace” in Swahili. Find out more.

  • Honoring Black History Month
    March 2015

    In honor of Black History Month, the African American Employee Resource Group (AA-ERG) held a donation drive to benefit Hunger Task Force and Sojourner Family Peace Center, two local nonprofit organizations working to prevent hunger and help families affected by domestic violence. This drive focused on baby and children’s essentials: baby food and formula, child-friendly food, diapers, baby wipes, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, and body soap. Northwestern Mutual employees donated 137 pounds of baby food for the Hunger Task Force and many boxes of personal care items and diapers for Sojourner Family Peace Center. Learn about what we believe.

  • Embracing Diversity and Inclusion
    March 2015

    Northwestern Mutual was the presenting sponsor for the Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee Feb. 20-22. The conference is an innovative approach to building a more skilled and connected network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied leaders who are empowered to achieve and protect LGBT equality in their local communities across the state of Wisconsin. On a related note, Northwestern Mutual received a score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) survey conducted annually by the Human Rights Campaign. Learn more.

  • Serving Our Community With a Day On
    February 2015

    Instead of taking a day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hundreds of Northwestern Mutual employees spent the day devoting 1,500 hours to community service. Milwaukee Public Schools’ Washington High School, Gwen T. Jackson School and Ralph H. Metcalfe School were among the locations served. The “Day On” is organized by the company’s African American Employee Resource Group and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Employees and their families volunteered at 25 sites including Milwaukee-area shelters, food pantries, public schools, and child-care facilities painting, sorting food, serving hot meals and mentoring kids. Learn more.

  • Sharing With Those in Need
    February 2015

    Our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies employee resource group (LGBTA ERG) was recently honored with the AIDS Walk Wisconsin ERG Corporate Challenge traveling trophy for their top fundraising efforts in the annual event. In addition, as one of the winning participants in our Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s Days of Sharing program, members of the LGBTA ERG presented a $20,000 grant to the ARCW. The organization is at the forefront of HIV prevention, care and treatment and is dedicated to providing quality medical, dental, mental health and social services for all people with HIV. Find out more.


  • Supporting Our Community
    December 2014

    We’re proud to announce that our Northwestern Mutual Foundation is recognizing local area nonprofits with grants totaling $225,000 through the foundation’s Days of Sharing program. Now in its seventh year, the Days of Sharing  program provides our employees with the opportunity to nominate a nonprofit organization in the Milwaukee area to receive funding from the foundation. More than 700 employees nominated their preferred local nonprofits. The 25 winning grants were chosen at random each day for a week in November and range in size from $1,000 to $10,000. Find out which organizations benefit.

  • Joining Forces to Promote Diversity and Inclusion
    December 2014

    Our Hispanic Employee Resource Group (H-ERG) participated in the 2014 Emerging Hispanic Market Exchange sponsored by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs - Milwaukee Chapter. They joined counterparts at Harley-Davidson and MillerCoors to discuss the trends in the evolving Hispanic market and the importance of connecting diversity and inclusion strategies with influential marketing and recruitment efforts. In addition, Northwestern Mutual attained a perfect score of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index 2015 survey, which rates companies on criteria in specific categories related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, including non-discrimination policies. Learn about careers.

  • Giving Back to the Community
    December 2014

    Our Field Growth & Development (FGD) department spent a day volunteering as part of the department’s fifth annual “Give Back Day,” which began with just a handful of people and has since grown to include about 80 employees. This year the group volunteered at Community Warehouse, an organization that provides Milwaukee residents with affordable home and facility improvement materials. While there, the FGD team painted, worked outdoors, assembled cabinets and racking, removed garbage and debris, among other tasks. Altogether, they completed in one day what would have been months of work for Community Warehouse. Find out more.

  • UWM Alumni Association Recognition
    December 2014

    Northwestern Mutual received the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Alumni Association Award, which recognizes our significant impact on the university by assisting in the growth, advancement and development of the campus, its alumni and students. Since 1976, we’ve been one of the university’s most generous donors, providing support to programs and projects including: The Center for Technology Innovation in the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, music scholarships in the Peck School of the Arts; Empowering Nonprofits in Technology in the Center for Urban Studies Initiatives and Research; and the Latino Leadership Program in the Roberto Hernandez Center. Read more. 

  • Helping Others Enjoy the Holidays
    December 2014

    Each year, Northwestern Mutual employees conduct a holiday food drive and a holiday gift drive. This year our Giving Tree holiday gift donations provided 2,270 gifts to the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee to help make a difference in the lives of others during the holidays. In November, our employees exceeded the company’s goal for the 2014 Hunger Task Force pre-Thanksgiving holiday food drive of 1,600 boxes of Bisquick for holiday pie crusts, biscuits, rolls and more. We more than doubled that goal, collecting 3,481 boxes. Learn how you can help feed the hungry.

  • Exceeding United Way Goals
    November 2014

    We surpassed our 2014 United Way goal of $1.75 million this fall by raising more than $1.8 million in employee contributions. An amazing 83 percent of our employees participated in the campaign. United Way of Greater Milwaukee focuses on three impact areas: education, income and health. It supports more than 160 programs at more than 80 local agencies. Find out more about the United Way.

  • Recognized for Giving
    November 2014

    We recently received the 2014 Organization Award from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, recognizing our 2013 gift of $2 million for The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital. The outpatient treatment center for children with cancer and blood disorders is scheduled to open in early 2015. The award honors companies for their generous levels of support and partnership. Our Childhood Cancer Program is committed to accelerating the search for cures for childhood cancers and providing support for families battling the disease. Since 2012, the program has touched more than 3,000 families and funded more than 41,000 hours of research. Read more.

  • Employee Resource Groups
    November 2014

    Employee resource groups (ERGs) are an important part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. In October, the Hispanic ERG celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with educational and cultural presentations, musical performances and student artwork from Notre Dame Middle School students. Members of the African American ERG attended the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner, spoke at the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources meeting and participated in a panel discussion at a Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals meeting. Our Military ERG hosted Army Reservists from Green Bay and helped the reservists practice their interviewing skills. Learn More.

  • Giving Students Firsthand Experience
    November 2014

    Our Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons building project enables us to engage students from local colleges—and even grade schools—in unique learning experiences. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently highlighted our educational programs in a Sunday feature story. Read about it here on JSOnline.

  • Providing Opportunities to Local Students
    October 2014

    Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation is working to help first-generation, low-income college students stay in college and earn their degrees through the Milwaukee Neighborhood Scholarship Program. Recently, the Foundation awarded more than $85,000 in college scholarships to 12 first-generation students from the Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods. Each student recipient is also matched with a Northwestern Mutual employee mentor who can help the student stay focused on making the transition from college to his or her career path. Read More.

  • Strengthening the Fight Against AIDS
    October 2014

    Team Northwestern Mutual won the first annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin ERG Challenge. With donations totaling just over $7,500, Team Northwestern Mutual surpassed several corporate competitors and will have rights to the traveling trophy. The Northwestern Mutual LGBTA employee resource group also sponsored one of the rest stops along the route. Funds raised from AIDS Walk Wisconsin support the ARCW Medical Center, which provides quality medical, dental and mental health care and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the state. Learn more.

  • Helping Local Residents Improve Their Neighborhoods
    October 2014

    Northwestern Mutual partners with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Zilber Family Foundation to help Milwaukee residents improve their communities. The three foundations developed the Community Connections Small Grants Program, which gives resident-led groups a boost to strengthen the neighborhoods in which they live. The first round of grants provides up to $500 for 13 projects, ranging from water reclamation for a community garden and neighborhood beautification to a positive body-image workshop. The application deadline for the second round of grant funding, open to 21 Milwaukee neighborhoods, was November 3. Find out more.

  • Focusing on O’Donnell Park with NEWaukee
    October 2014

    NEWaukee, a social architecture firm that aspires to make Milwaukee even greater, seeks ideas for the plaza that tops the O’Donnell Park garage. They recently sponsored an evening social on the plaza, and they offer a place to share ideas on their website. NEWaukee facilitated a focus group with Northwestern Mutual employees. The work has generated myriad ideas, ranging from significantly enhancing the landscaping to setting aside areas for recreation, to creating art that connects to our city, its history and culture.

  • Educating Third Grade Students
    October 2014

    Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation and facility operations department recently partnered with the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum to host 56 third-graders from Bruce-Guadalupe Community School. The kids spent time exploring the children’s museum and were introduced to our Tower and Commons construction project. They had a chance to touch and learn about building materials and tools, heard about the different types of jobs involved in building a 32-story building, and then had their pictures taken in the bucket of a huge excavator. Their reaction? In their words, “This was the best field trip ever!” Find out more.

  • Executives Important to Milwaukee
    September 2014 has jointly named Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John Schlifske and John Kordsmeier, head of our Northwestern Mutual Foundation, among the 14 people most important to Milwaukee. “The company has made a clear commitment to Milwaukee, and the foundation is an incredible philanthropic source in this city and around the country,” says columnist Dave Begel, who based his selections on the following criteria: a sense of vision they can communicate to people, a demonstrated ability to make things happen, and the propensity to command attention. Read more here.

  • Deconstruction: From Start to Finish
    September 2014

    Watch the final time lapse video of our 16-story east building’s deconstruction—and in a little less than a minute and a half, you’ll see what took construction crews seven months to accomplish. We selected and spliced together hundreds of still shots taken by cameras at five different locations around our downtown campus. Now we can build The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, a 21st-century development that will change Milwaukee’s skyline and boost the city’s economy. Its construction alone is creating more than 1,000 jobs. Watch the video.

  • Supporting the American Red Cross
    September 2014

    The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is pledging $250,000 to support the American Red Cross’ Disaster Responder Program, with $200,000 allocated to the national program and $50,000 for Wisconsin relief. Funding supports the program’s disaster relief efforts, including sheltering, feeding, purchasing and distributing supplies; storing equipment; providing health and emotional support; and reconnecting separated individuals. Our partnership allows us to activate a secure microsite where our employees and field representatives can directly support disaster relief efforts. Find out more.

  • Donating Backpacks to School Kids
    September 2014

    Our Employee Resource Groups again teamed up to sponsor a fall backpack drive for local school children. Last year the drive surpassed the team’s goal of 200 by collecting 368 backpacks from our generous Northwestern Mutual employees. So this year they raised the goal to 400—and employees responded by donating a total of 757 backpacks! Many were filled with school supplies. The backpacks were donated to Gwen T. Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School, Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, and families served by the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Learn more.

  • We Believe in MKE - Let's Build!
    August 2014

    We kicked off construction on our Tower and Commons Aug. 26 by inviting the community to a festive groundbreaking ceremony. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Carmen Pitre, executive director of Sojourner Family Peace Center, thanked Northwestern Mutual Foundation for the financial support so critical to nonprofits across the city and recognized thousands of hours of volunteer work our employees contribute yearly. Mariachi Infantil, a group of talented young musicians from the Latino Arts Strings Program, performed. Two of the musicians launched our project by pulling a lever that released a storm of streamers and started the excavators digging into the earth. Let’s build!

  • Promoting Understanding and Acceptance

    Our LGBTA employee resource group is partnering with Diverse & Resilient, Inc. (D & R), a local nonprofit organization that leads efforts to increase acceptance, end discrimination, promote health and well-being, and build leadership skills and confidence among LGBT people. Our LGBTA ERG members and other employees will participate in D & R’s Acceptance Journeys, a broad social marketing campaign in which people share personal stories of acceptance to inspire others, bridge gaps and foster understanding. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to D & R in support of Acceptance Journeys.

  • Racing Dragon Boats for Charity
    August 2014

    Members of our Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG) joined other Northwestern Mutual employees in July to participate in the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center’s second annual Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival. The colorful event benefits Ronald McDonald House. A total of 21 Northwestern Mutual employees rowed in the Dragon Boat Race at Veteran’s Park, representing our company while also promoting health, wellness and inclusion. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation sponsored the group, which was tagged the Northwestern Mutual Policy Rowers. Learn about the event.

  • Enhancing O'Donnell Park
    July 2014

    We’ve announced a proposal to purchase O’Donnell Park and take the financial burden of repairs and maintenance off the county’s shoulders. Northwestern Mutual has proposed purchasing the lakefront parking structure and pavilion buildings from the county and making immediate improvements. The deal would provide safe, well-maintained, convenient parking for neighboring businesses and their guests and additional parking for our own employees when The Tower and Commons is built. Get the details here.

  • One of the 100 Best IT Places to Work
    July 2014

    For the ninth consecutive year, Northwestern Mutual has been named a top workplace for information technology professionals, according to IDG's Computerworld, the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. We rank 55th among large-sized companies in the 2014 “100 Best Places to Work in IT,” up from 63rd last year. Since 1994, Computerworld's annual list has ranked the top 100 work environments that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation. The rankings also analyze diversity, career development, and employee training and retention. Find out more.

  • Singing to Our Veterans
    July 2014

    Our Northwestern Mutual choir recently performed “Royalty and Revolution” songs for veterans at Milwaukee’s VA Medical Center. Three years ago, the choir performed their first community concert there, and this was their return engagement. The choir was joined by other employee volunteers and members of our Military Veterans employee resource group, all of whom visited with the vets before and after the concert. This is just one of many ways we support the men and women who have given so much to our country. Read more about our veteran initiatives.

  • Helping Women Reach New Heights
    July 2014

    Northwestern Mutual has taken another step in our diversity and inclusion journey by launching a new employee resource group to help women employees realize their full potential. The Women’s ERG joins our African American, Hispanic, Military Veterans and LGBTA ERGs and will focus on recruiting and retaining more female talent, cultivating more leadership roles and aiding in career development for women throughout the company. The group will represent Northwestern Mutual in the community through volunteer and outreach programs and strive to create stronger connections with women in our field force. Learn how we inspire women.

  • Supporting Milwaukee Neighborhoods and Education
    July 2014

    Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently announced awards of more than $2 million to nonprofits through our company’s neighborhoods and education grants programs. The company is donating $590,000 to organizations dedicated to building fundamental literacy skills and $420,000 to replicable, collaborative education efforts. More than $1 million will be given to nonprofits located within Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods in an effort to create welcoming, safe and healthy neighborhoods for more than 70,000 residents. Read recent media coverage about the company’s commitment to these neighborhoods. Find out more about grant's recipients.

  • Video: Our East Building Comes Down
    June 2014

    On June 16, 2014, the last portion of our east building came down. Construction of our new building will be the beginning of an era, with new jobs and a new Milwaukee skyline. Watch the video.

    Then, learn more about the impact we're making in Milwaukee.

  • Wrapping Up Street Work
    May 2014

    As we prepare to build The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, the utility rerouting project that’s gnarled traffic since February is coming to an end. Traffic on Mason Street is again open to two-way traffic, and the parking lane on the north side of the street is available. Crosswalks at Mason and Prospect, Mason and Cass, and Mason and Van Buren are open again to pedestrians, and by June 7 the utility work on the corner of Van Buren Street and Wisconsin Avenue will conclude, reopening the crosswalks on that corner. The Milwaukee County Transit System (#30) bus shelter will remain in its new location on Van Buren Street north of Mason throughout construction.

  • Seeking SBEs and Local Labor
    May 2014

    Together with our general contractor team, Gilbane & C.G. Schmidt, Inc., we’re sponsoring special sessions to provide information about our Tower and Commons project to local small business enterprises (SBEs). We plan to hire SBEs for 25 percent of total project costs and utilize local labor for 40 percent of work hours. Our building project was also presented at the Tuesday, June 3, Small Business Sustainability Conference hosted by the city’s Office of Small Business Development. Small business owners had opportunities to network, share information with city and local government officials, and learn about new trends and topics of importance.

  • Reuse & Recycle
    May 2014

    As good corporate citizens, we’re reusing or recycling more than 75 percent of the materials coming out of our building.

    • 7,000 tons of granite, masonry and brick.
    • 6,400 tons of steel, aluminum and other metals (19 million pounds of steel alone)
    • 10,000 tons of wood
    • 53 tons of carpet
    Other interesting facts:
    • 2,000 windows were removed from the east building.
    • 5,011 pieces of granite removed from the facade will be crushed and reused as backfill or roadbed on other projects.
    • 20,000 pieces of scaffolding encased the building at the beginning of deconstruction.
    • 12 bays (40-foot sections within support columns) will be deconstructed horizontally to bring down the rest of the building.

  • Keeping Our Commitments
    May 2014

    We’re committed to ensuring our hometown is an inviting and exciting place to live, work and play. To reinforce this commitment, our Northwestern Mutual Foundation has awarded $750,000 in grants to Milwaukee organizations. These gifts support a variety of programs that bring visitors to the area, attract and retain current residents and workers, and provide significant learning and enrichment experiences to children and families. One such program is the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, which will receive a $150,000 grant to help build an educational experience that will present early literacy as the foundation for a child's academic and lifelong success.

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  • See Our Progress in a New Video
    April 2014

    Our latest time-lapse video shows the progress made on our building deconstruction project from January to March. This is the second video we’ve released. The first time-lapse video showed progress from November 2013 to January 2014. We assemble these videos from photos taken by cameras posted in five different locations around our downtown campus. Each one takes a picture every 15 minutes. We’ll be posting time-lapse videos every quarter. And we’re posting new photos each week to our @NM_MKE Twitter account.

  • Stolen Bases, Happy Faces
    April 2014

    Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation and the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation will once again collaborate on Stolen Bases, Happy Faces. Throughout the 2014 Major League Baseball season, every Brewers stolen base at Miller Park will result in a $1,000 donation to Ronald McDonald House Southeastern Wisconsin to increase services for children and families fighting childhood cancer and other diseases. Join two-year-old childhood cancer patient Emily (left in picture) in keeping count this season. We’re also proud to support the 50/50 raffle, new this season. During every home game in 2014, 50/50 tickets will be sold to fans for $2 each. The Brewers will announce the winning number and amount on the scoreboard prior to the famous racing sausages race. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the day’s ticket sales will go to one fan and the remainder will support local nonprofit organizations throughout Milwaukee. Learn more about our Foundation.

  • Childhood Cancer Program Video Wins Award
    April 2014

    We’re proud of our Northwestern Mutual Foundation, whose video won the prestigious 6th Annual Boston College Corporate Citizenship Film Festival Award. The award recognizes our effectiveness in telling Northwestern Mutual’s corporate citizenship story to internal and external audiences. Initial voting for the 66 original video entries was carried out online, and when the votes were counted, our video advanced to the final round of top 10 vote-getters. A panel of judges carefully evaluated each one and determined that ours stood out from the rest. Watch the award-winning video.

  • Recognizing Work in Our Neighborhoods
    April 2014

    Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently received the Milwaukee Awards of Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) Vision Award, recognizing our company’s strong philanthropic focus on neighborhood investment as well as our ongoing commitment to Milwaukee as evidenced by our downtown expansion project. The award was presented to Northwestern Mutual by the Milwaukee Advisory Board of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit that helps local communities achieve their community development goals. Learn more about our commitment to Milwaukee.

  • Reciting the Gettysburg Address
    April 2014

    Recently a group of Northwestern Mutual employees memorized Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address and gathered in front of the Milwaukee War Memorial to proudly recite it in unison. Sponsored by our Military Veterans Employee Resource Group, the reciting was videotaped as part of a national effort led by documentarian Ken Burns to encourage people to memorize the speech. Lincoln delivered the address at a Civil War battleground cemetery in 1863. Individuals and groups nationwide have participated in the project, which correlated with Burns’ recent documentary, The Address, aired on PBS April 14. Watch our group in action.

  • Bringing Veterans Together
    April 2014

    Our Military Veterans' employee resource group (ERG) hosted the first Milwaukee Veterans' Summit, “Impact through Collaboration,” on our downtown campus in April. Participants represented corporate resource groups from GE, Kraft Foods, Miller Coors, Northwestern Mutual, Caterpillar, Johnson Controls, Medical College of Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation, UW Milwaukee Veteran’s Resource Center, Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs, Employee Support of Guard and Reserves (ESGR) and the American Red Cross. The event created opportunities for the exchange of information and ideas across a spectrum of experience levels and organizational structures. See other military veterans who are part of Northwestern Mutual.

  • General Contractor Named; Local SBEs Can Bid
    April 2014

    We’re excited to announce Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt, Inc. as the general contractor partnership to oversee construction of our Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and be completed in 2017, creating at least 1,000 construction-related jobs in the meantime. We’re focusing on hiring small business enterprises (SBEs) for 25 percent of the total construction cost and Milwaukee residents for 40 percent of the hours on the construction site. We’ve already hired about 50 Wisconsin-based companies, including more than 30 local SBEs, to help with project-related activities. Now we’re reaching out to the community to proactively communicate opportunities for SBEs to be involved. Click here to learn more.

  • Traffic Lane and Sidewalk Closures
    April 2014

    Upcoming utility work will close two lanes on Van Buren Street between Wisconsin Ave. and Mason St. and move the bus stop serving MCTS bus route 30. Beginning Friday, March 28, the bus stop and shelter will relocate northward to midway between Mason and Wells. Tuesday, April 1, the south lanes of Mason St. will be closed from Prospect to Van Buren. There will be no eastbound through-traffic on that section of Mason, and the Cass Street intersection will be closed for 3-4 weeks, shifting the crosswalk slightly northward. On Wisconsin Ave., major utility work at the NE corner of Van Buren and Wisconsin will close two crosswalks. Pedestrians should use the Cass Street crosswalk to cross from the north side to the south side of Wisconsin Ave. Thank you for your patience as we make every effort to avoid closing streets entirely. The utility work will be done by Memorial Day.

  • Offering Hope to Bullied Kids
    April 2014

    Northwestern Mutual recently sponsored the Milwaukee Tour of the It Gets Better project, a global movement that encourages people to speak up against hate and intolerance and provides a message of hope to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths and other bullied teens. Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, touring with the project, performed in front of a full house at a luncheon for our LGBT and Allies (LGBTA) Employee Resource Group. The It Gets Better cast also performed at the Marcus Center and visited several local high schools and Marquette University during the Milwaukee Tour. Learn more.

  • Supporting Milwaukee Performing Arts Scene
    April 2014

    We recently wrapped up another successful United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) campaign, breaking our giving record and exceeding our employee participation goal. We’re the largest corporate funder of the largest performing arts campaign in the country. The 38 Milwaukee UPAF member groups and affiliates provide more than 2,000 local performances and generate more than $236 million for the local economy each year. Our fundraising efforts will help these groups continue to contribute to the vibrant performing arts scene that helps make Milwaukee a great place to live, work and play. Photo: Employees try out instruments brought in by a local vendor during the campaign. Learn more.

  • Candidates for Construction
    March 2014

    We’ve invited four teams to make proposals to serve as general contractor for construction of the new Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. Local and small business enterprises can contact these firms to explore sub-contracting opportunities for a project that will reshape Milwaukee’s skyline. The firms are: Clark Construction Group, LLC with Hunzinger Construction Co.; Gilbane Building Co. with C.G. Schmidt Inc.; Lend Lease Construction; and Mortenson Construction. More than 50 local businesses are working with us to help design the new Tower and Commons, deconstruct our 16-story east building and relocate campus utilities. We’re committed to providing jobs to local residents. Learn more.

  • Winning Praise
    March 2014

    Our downtown expansion is winning statewide awards. Our renovated Van Buren Office Building was selected by The Daily Reporter newspaper as one of Wisconsin’s Top 30 construction projects of 2013. The projects were narrowed from a field of 80 submissions based on criteria such as a commitment to sustainable construction, positive effects on the surrounding area, innovation and more. Our commitment to hire local small business enterprises to work on our campus expansion was also recognized with the Corporation of the Year award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. Learn more about our distinctions.

  • Celebrating History
    March 2014

    Dr. Eve Hall, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milwaukee, kicked off our Black History Month celebration on Feb. 3 with a presentation and interactive group discussion that offered a unique perspective of African American history and progress. The event was hosted by Northwestern Mutual’s African American Employee Resource Group as part of its ongoing Speaker Series.  Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Northwestern Mutual.

  • Deconstructing the East Building
    February 2014

    There’s been a flurry of activity on our downtown campus as crews work to deconstruct our east building. In the last few months they’ve taken down two skywalks, erected scaffolding around the building, brought in a fleet of heavy equipment and installed a 19-story tower crane. Catch all the action in an exciting time-lapse video of the deconstruction site made from photos taken since November. Five cameras installed on surrounding buildings are taking photos every 15 minutes. We’ll keep you in the loop with more videos in the future.

  • Helping Kids Fight Cancer and Blood Disorders
    February 2014

    Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $2 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to fund a new facility for kids fighting cancer and blood disorders. The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer, slated for completion in 2015, will provide outpatient treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders. It will house exam, treatment and conference rooms as well as a “community room” where care can be delivered while patients and families engage in play and educational activities led by specially trained staff. It will also have a pharmacy. Learn more.

  • Using Our Experience to Teach Others
    February 2014

    We’re sharing our Tower and Commons project with local architecture, design, engineering and real estate students through a "Master Class" that provides an inside learning experience. About 85 students and faculty advisors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary University and Marquette University hear firsthand from architects, engineers and other professionals who are working on our downtown expansion. Six sessions are scheduled between December 2013 and May 2015. Pictured is Emma Gabor, an interior design student at Mount Mary University. Learn more.

  • Repurposing Materials to Help Fight Hunger
    February 2014

    As we deconstruct our east building to make room for the new Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, we’re pleased to be able to support Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force and repurpose some materials at the same time. Slabs of our building’s granite will top seating areas and pave a small gathering area in front of a new Welcome Center the task force is building at the task force’s farm in Franklin. We also regularly sponsor seed and fertilizer purchases for the farm, and many of our employees volunteer there. Learn more.

  • Hiring Our Heroes
    February 2014

    As part of our ongoing commitment to hire U.S. military veterans, members of our Military Veterans Employee Resource Group took part in a January 16, 2014, Hiring Our Heroes job fair. Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and several state and local partners, the event was held at Milwaukee Goodwill Industries’ James O. Wright Center for Work and Training. Our employees spoke with about 100 veterans during the 3-hour event, telling them about job opportunities with Northwestern Mutual and instructing them in how to apply online. Learn more.

  • Celebrating MLK with a “Day On”
    February 2014

    On Monday, January 20, Northwestern Mutual observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as “a day on, not a day off,” giving employees the opportunity to participate in Day of Service volunteer activities. More than 400 employees volunteered at schools and nonprofit organizations throughout Milwaukee, organized by the company’s African American Employee Resource Group and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Approximately 60 employees from Northwestern Mutual took their families along to help paint, clean and organize at Milwaukee’s Gwen T. Jackson School. The school is in the Amani area, a neighborhood Northwestern Mutual is working with to build and support community-driven change to improve the quality of life for its residents. Learn more.

  • Preparing to Build
    January 2014

    Watch for continued and additional lane closures around our construction site. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 8, the utility work will turn the corner at Mason Street, temporarily closing three traffic lanes between Prospect and Marshall, making that section of Mason a one-way street going west until approximately mid-April. The lane and sidewalk closures on the west side of Prospect Avenue, south from Mason Street to the curve, will remain blocked off during the project, which will be completed this spring. Our downtown campus expansion is a huge, complex project. We’ll continue to notify you of street and sidewalk closures in advance whenever possible. We are making every effort to keep inconveniences to a minimum.


  • United Way Goal
    December 2013

    We exceeded our United Way goal this year, proving once again that we LIVE UNITED. Our generous employees donated more than $1,770,000 – nearly $50,000 above the company goal – to this year’s campaign. That amount includes more than $1.6 million in pledges and $ 111,000 in special events. More than 82 percent of our employees donated. Learn more.

  • Supporting Local Charities
    December 2013

    Every year our employees nominate favorite local charities to receive a donation. Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation chooses 25 at random and then notifies the nominating employees. This year we added Employees Choice awards, letting employees vote for charities to receive larger gifts. Recipients are: Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, $35,000; ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis), $25,000; Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center, $25,000; Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, $20,000; and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, $15,000. Learn more.

  • Saluting Our Military
    December 2013

    On Oct. 3, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Schlifske signed the Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. The statement reaffirms Northwestern Mutual’s pledge to support our Guard and Reserve employees and encourage others to join us. We’ve initiated a new recruiting effort aimed toward veterans and recently launched a dedicated website to help them consider making the career transition. We will also increase our presence at military veteran career fairs.

  • Helping Disaster Victims
    December 2013

    Our Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross (ARC) to assist the relief effort in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. This is in addition to our 2012 commitment to the ARC of $500,000 over two years for disaster relief. Our foundation also has set up websites for our employees and financial representatives across the country to donate to the ARC’s efforts to aid the typhoon victims as well as the tornado victims in the Midwest. Learn more.

  • Feeding the Hungry
    December 2013

    With the holidays fast approaching, this fall our employees were challenged to collect enough ingredients to make 1,600 green bean casseroles for the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. In true Northwestern Mutual form, we knocked it out of the park. Many departments came up with creative competitions, and in all we collected 8,738 cans of green beans, 4,607 cans of cream of mushroom soup and 2,812 cans of French-fried onions – nearly doubling our goal for complete casseroles. Learn more.

  • Bye for Now - See You in 2017
    November 2013

    We lit up our east office building this week with “B4N CU17” – text language for “Bye For Now, See You in 2017.” The goodbye message refers to our building deconstruction, making way for The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons scheduled to be completed in 2017. Share the photo via

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  • Building Jobs in Milwaukee
    November 2013

    We’re already partnering with more than three dozen local companies to prepare for the demolition of our east building in downtown Milwaukee. And on October 1, we announced the names of more than a dozen Milwaukee-area firms that will serve in a variety of roles related to the construction of our new 1.1 million-square-foot Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. See who's helping us build.

  • Introducing The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons
    October 2013

    On September 25, 2013, Northwestern Mutual Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John E. Schlifske unveiled the design of The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. The new development will preserve 1,100 downtown jobs while creating 1,900 new ones, welcome residents and visitors to a downtown landmark, and anchor Milwaukee's lakefront development. The project will also employ nearly 1,000 construction workers.

    Watch this video to learn more.

  • See the Future
    October 2013

    View an exciting series of vignettes featuring designs of The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, a building that will reshape Milwaukee's skyline and serve as a beacon for the Northwestern Mutual family, Milwaukee residents, and visitors to our hometown.

  • Get an Inside Look
    October 2013

    We want The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons to create a beautiful complement to the Milwaukee skyline and build a workplace that meets the practical needs of our business. Take a look at our interior design renderings revealing.