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The Northern Trust Institute

Elevating Women



As life changes, so do our needs and priorities. From building a career to designing a meaningful legacy, or starting a family to navigating an empty nest or loss of a spouse, having the resources to establish new goals and make confident financial decisions is essential to make the most of life’s many chapters.

We’ve created a community where women are working together to share their knowledge and experiences. Learn from each other and experts as we navigate pivotal life moments and work to turn the vision we have for our future into action.

When we come together, the possibilities are endless.

Our community in action

“I’ve reframed imposter syndrome as a good thing, because it means that I’m continuing to push outside my comfort zone and I’m continuing to evolve,” said Sprinkles Cupcakes Founder Candace Nelson in conversation with Northern Trust’s National Director of Women & Wealth Steph Wagner at a recent retreat we hosted for business-owning women. Watch the full interview to learn how the founder built a baking empire from scratch, and is now inspiring others to lean into their joy and bet on themselves.

A Conversation With Candace Nelson
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Elevating Women Magazine

Explore inspiring conversations, expert insights and stories illuminating how women elevate each other.

Our quarterly magazine explores the topics that matter to you most through engaging interviews, inspiring stories, and insights from our experts. Subscribe now to receive the digital publication as soon as it is released.

Join Our Community

We’ve created a community where women can come together, share their experiences, and learn from each other and experts on the topics that matter most. From building a career to designing a meaningful legacy, or navigating a major life event like the loss of a spouse or retirement, having the resources to establish new goals and make confident financial decisions is essential to our success. Because when we come together, the possibilities are limitless.

Roundtable Conversations

Roundtable Conversations

Our interactive discussions provide an opportunity to connect with peers and benefit from the experiences of others.

Educational Programs

Educational Programs

Explore financial topics that matter most to you in an inviting environment where you can ask questions without reservation.

Expert Advice

Expert Advice

Dedicated advisors from The Northern Trust Institute bring specialized expertise to your unique situation.

Featured Insights

Strategies and insights to help you navigate life’s pivotal moments confidently.

Our long-standing commitment to women

We have been dedicated to the needs of women for more than 130 years. While times have changed, our approach remains the same.
A New Focus on Serving Women
We began our commitment to women — who were often the beneficiaries of their estates — by helping them prepare to manage inherited wealth.
The Introduction of a Women’s Department
When the 19th Amendment expanded voting rights, we opened a dedicated service center to help women as they exercised more direct control over their finances.
Launch of Financial Literacy Program
Hundreds of women across Chicago began to attend educational seminars hosted by Louella Ensworth, head of the Women’s Department.


Guided by the Northern Trust Institute’s evidence-based approach, our advisors can recommend strategies that have proven most effective. Connect with us to secure your financial future.