Laila Valters, FLMI
Laila has 26 years of experience at Northwestern Mutual and is currently VP – Field Talent. In this role she leads the overall strategy and support for Northwestern Mutual’s exclusive distribution system growth, including Talent Acquisition and Growth, Field Training, Field D&I and Leadership Development.
Prior to this role Laila was Regional Vice President for the East Region of Northwestern Mutual, with overall accountability for the performance of the Eastern Region across all sales, leadership & culture, financial results, distribution growth and securities supervision.
Laila joined Northwestern Mutual in 1997 as a Customer Service Representative and has been promoted through successive roles in sales support, compliance, supervision and continued working with the field to advance the culture, sales and community impact of Northwestern Mutual. Her career included time in as Vice President – Corporate Strategy / Transformation where she developed a new enterprise-wide approach to change management to enable the enterprise to increase the success of the strategic plan.
Laila holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and French from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she achieved an Honors Diploma and Phi Beta Kappa. She holds an M.A. from Marquette University in Dispute Resolution. She completed the Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion Leadership at Cornell in January 2021 and Leading Organization Change at Wharton Executive Education in 2018. She is a Fellow of Life Management Institute (FLMI) and is S6, 26, 7, 24 and 66 qualified.