Equipped with a degree in economics from UCLA and internship experience at a wealth management firm, Chantel Le Bonneau began her career with Northwestern Mutual in 2010. In just a few years, she moved into a leadership role and is now a district director. Her keen insight into today’s financial marketplace has earned the attention of major news media like Forbes.
In Her Own Words
"Being a leader has helped me better serve clients. In order to teach and coach others, I had to develop a deep understanding of every aspect of this business. I use that knowledge to help my clients achieve their goals.
Making a Difference
I’ve always wanted to do something significant in life and to have a career that empowers me to grow personally and professionally. That’s why being a financial representative is the perfect fit.
It is amazing how impactful my work can be. I help people build a strong foundation, plan for the future and prepare for the unforeseen. When the unexpected happens, clients have one less thing to worry about because of the plan we put in place. I enjoy working with all types of clients, including young, forward-thinking individuals. It’s rewarding to help get them off to a strong start on their journey to financial security.
After I chose this profession, I struggled to find the right “home” for my career. When I interviewed with Northwestern Mutual, the choice became clear. I fell in love with the company’s culture, client-focused philosophy, professional atmosphere and emphasis on work ethic and values. I also value the transparency of this organization.
I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to drive my own success and move into leadership roles early on. Being a leader has helped me better serve clients. In order to teach and coach others, I had to develop a deep understanding of every aspect of this business. I use that knowledge to help my clients achieve their goals.
I never had concerns about entering a career that didn’t have a set salary or schedule. While I knew I would have to work hard, I’d be rewarded commensurate with my efforts. I saw this as an opportunity, not a risk.
At first, my youth was a concern, and I lacked confidence. Northwestern Mutual provided the education and coaching I needed to be successful and self-assured; that was my leg up in the field.
I was also concerned about the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated industry. However, I haven’t found this to be an issue. I believe anyone can succeed in this field if they are able to connect with people, commit to the career, hold true to their vision and believe in what they do.
A colleague wisely advised me to work for a year before deciding if this career was the right fit. As you build your business, there are ups and downs. Take it one day at a time, and focus on success. Don’t take setbacks personally. Keep your expectations realistic. I believe that 90% failure is 100% success.
You also need to be a serious student of the business. Learn about the products, work on your communication skills, get your licenses in order and educate yourself on industry. Do your homework and get the information you need for a long, successful career.
Don’t forget to practice what you preach. Have a solid plan for your own financial health so you help other people plan for theirs.
Learn more about Chantel Bonneau
Visit Chantel Bonneau’s website to learn more about her career as district director and wealth management advisor, and to explore opportunities available through Northwestern Mutual.