Career Changers


If you’re looking for a career with impact you’ve come to the right place. 

Following is one success story from our financial advisors who made a career change to find more meaning and purpose in their life’s work.

In his own words, Jabari is sharing why he made the move, what challenges he faced and what was key to his success. Each month we will feature a new financial advisor.  Be sure to check back again!

Jabari Turner 
Financial Advisor

Working in the philanthropic sector often means you can have a career and make a difference. As a highly successful executive director of a non-profit in Kansas City that helps low-income students prepare for and complete a college education, Jabari Turner was making a difference. But a desire to move back to his hometown of Chicago coupled with a passion to serve his greater community led him to Northwestern Mutual – Chicago.

Making a Difference

It’s important to me to build community assets by bringing financial services to underserved markets. As a financial advisor, I have an incredible opportunity to effect change and transform lives.

Making the Career Change

From the start, the selection process builds over time, and you get to know the team, and they get to know you. They believed in me before I believed in myself.

I was doing rather well in my former role, and this was an adjustment.  However, the level of support through peer mentoring and coaching, training and development, has been insurmountable.  I truly feel that the team here is invested in my success. 

Career Rewards

Success can be achieved by receiving honors and wearing a recognition ribbon at the company’s annual and regional meeting. The greater success is measured by the number of emails, letters and calls I receive from clients telling me the difference a financial plan has made in their lives.  

I also feel an incredible sense of responsibility to those before me who have paved the way for diversity and inclusion in the financial services industry. It has been rewarding for me to continue to pave that path serving as a mentor and coach to students in our college internship and post-graduate program. 

Career Advice

Everything happens for a reason. You don’t get introduced to this opportunity by accident.  Take a leap of faith and realize what God’s plan is for you.  Now that I have taken that leap I am thriving and grateful for the opportunity to create a better life for my family, my clients and my community. 

To learn more about Jabari Turner, visit his website at

To learn more about the Career Opportunity, contact: Dionna Johnson or Kim Ritchell 

Career changers whose story we will be sharing

Dario Bolanos
Growth & Development Director and Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2011.






Marisa Joseph, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2008.

While working long hours in corporate finance, Marisa Joseph learned about the career opportunities at Northwestern Mutual - Chicago.  Impressed by the firm's integrity to do what is in the best interest of their clients she was attracted to the idea of "holding the keys" to her own success. 

If you would like to learn more about her career path, contact: Kim Ritchell or Dionna Johnson.  We'd love to share her success story with you!

Tommy Parks
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2016.

While working as a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Tommy saw electronic trading slowly taking over. At the same time, he had developed a relationship with a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual – Chicago. Through the course of the years, his advisor helped him develop and act on a financial plan. He saw first-hand the strides he was making with his financial position. The opportunity to help other young professionals do the same drew him to the career as a financial representative.

If you would like to learn more about his career path, contact: Kim Ritchell or Dionna Johnson.  We'd love to share his success story with you!

Marc Rosenberg, CLU®,
Field Director & Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2010.







Sara Samuels, J.D., CLU®, RICP®
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2008.







Matt Ward
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2013.





Northwestern Mutual financial representatives have the opportunity to determine their own financial futures while making an impact on others.

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