Career Changers

While any career change comes with its challenges, Northwestern Mutual is uniquely positioned to make it a seamless process for you.  We provide a strategic business plan and proven methodology, along with the infrastructure, training, mentoring, and support you need to make the adjustment smooth and predictable.  We are in the business of helping successful professionals transition to an opportunity that will allow them to achieve their potential and reach their personal, professional, and financial goals.

Many attorneys, bankers, accountants, sales reps, business owners, educators, and military personnel have two things in common … they enjoy helping people and have transitioned into successful careers as financial representatives with Northwestern Mutual.

A career as a Financial Representative will place you in a powerful position to impact the lives of your clients by putting them on the path to financial security and enabling them to accomplish their most important goals.  Northwestern Mutual has a robust training platform which is coupled with individual mentoring and allows our financial representatives the opportunity develop their professional skill set and build a rewarding, long-term career.  As a financial representatives you will have the independence to control your career path, with along with access to the extensive resources provided by Northwestern Mutual.

If you are interested in making a career change, contact our Director of Development at 858-442-5384.


Kelly Thede
Director of Development

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kelly Thede received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in 2006. She has been working for Northwestern Mutual since then. As Director of Development, Kelly works closely with the management team to oversee and implement specific growth strategies for the agency. She is a member of the UCLA Young Alumni Association and is involved with the Junior League of San Diego. Kelly and her husband, Garrett, reside in La Jolla with their sons, Tucker and Luke. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Katie Powers

Katie grew up in Escondido and currently lives in North Park with her wife Sheri, daughter Bella (7 years old), and their dog Anna.  She is super passionate about finding the right candidates to join this amazing organization.




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

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