Chicago Tribue - Andrea Williams, CLU®, CFP®, Financial Advisor, is the first African-American woman in Northwestern Mutual's history to be awarded one of the company's top honors, Forum membership. She has also been locally recognized by Northwestern Mutual - Chicago as Financial Advisor of the Year.

Williams has dedicated her financial services to underserved markets, focusing on women and the African-American community. Seeing the disparities in these communities relating to financial planning, Andrea has made it her mission to make a difference as a leader and advocate.

"Andrea's drive and determination have made her an invaluable advisor to lead her clients through the financial planning process," said Corey D. McQuade, Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual - Chicago. "Williams has paved the path for the next generation of advisors, serving as a role model and mentor to people of color and women."

Williams has previously been featured in Forbes, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Out, Black Enterprise and she was named to the 'Top 40 under 40 Game Changers' through the Urban Business Roundtable in Chicago.

Williams graduated from Dominican University Summa Cum Laude with a degree in finance and economics.

To learn more about Andrea visit her website at

About Northwestern Mutual - Chicago 
Northwestern Mutual - Chicago, with offices in Downtown Chicago, Northbrook, Oak Brook and Rosemont, is a leading Chicago-based financial planning firm providing expert guidance to help clients manage financial risk and achieve financial security. Ranked one of Chicago's Top Workplaces, according to the Chicago Tribune, Northwestern Mutual - Chicago provides career and internship opportunities to individuals who want to grow personally and professionally. The company's nationally recognized financial representative internship program was named by a top internship for students seeking careers in the financial services industry. Further information on the firm can be found at

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