After a life changing equus retreat (coaching with horses) in 2010 hosted by Martha Beck and Koelle Simpson, Alissa Gauger, MBA, was inspired to reexamine her life. She enrolled in Martha Beck’s life coaching program and left her 15+ year marketing career because she felt called to help people on a deeper level. Blending together life coaching tools along with her extensive knowledge of Northwestern Mutual has been the recipe for success. She has grown Unleash Your Practice from a sole practice of one to employing five coaches and two staff members. She is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach, a Certified Kolbe Consultant, a Certified Koelle Simpson Equus Coach, and also a Level II Advanced Certified Tension and Trauma Release (TRE) Practitioner. In addition to her coaching services, Gauger works as a marketing and business consultant, writer and speaker. Alissa enjoys spending time with her five goats and seven horses, reading and the outdoors in her free time.
Malory lives, works and plays at her charming homestead near Madison, WI. She is married to a magical lumberjack. They have two spirited children, a very protective dog, and two hilarious cows. Malory is a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach, Certified TRE (Tension & Trauma Release Exercises) Provider and a Certified Kolbe Consultant. Prior to her life as a Certified Coach, Malory was part of the Northwestern Mutual family a bit more directly in various capacities, including the FR Role. A catalyst for change, Malory is a gifted and compassionate listener with a passion for helping people reconnect with their truest selves and live their most authentic, wild and successful lives.
Connie bridges her athletic background and competitive spirit with her passion to bring out the best in people. In addition to being a Certified Coach with Unleash Your Practice, Connie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Like her clients, Connie believes in investing in her own growth and change, and has been an active participant of the Center for Christian Life Enrichment since 2010. With experience as Development Coordinator and Associate Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual – Chicago, Connie meets clients with her internal knowledge and training of NM culture and the rep experience. Her ideal client is someone hungry to learn and grow and take responsibility for their own satisfaction. Known for her compassionate approach and straightforward truth telling, Connie is dedicated to helping clients find the answers within themselves and specializes in supporting clients to reach even further to live their best, most fulfilling life. In her spare time, Connie enjoys staying active by doing triathlons and CrossFit, spending time outdoors, and exploring the unique gems of Chicago with her husband, from concerts at Millennium Park to long bike rides to Promontory Point.
In addition to being an Unleash Your Practice Certified Coach, Rachel has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been practicing psychotherapy in her private practice for over a decade. Having worked as Director of Internship Development at Northwestern Mutual- The Holter Financial Group in Milwaukee, WI, Rachel is equipped with inside-out knowledge of Northwestern Mutual. Her ideal NM client is someone ready for a partnership. Her goal for all clients is to help them discover and honor their authentic selves. Above all, Rachel approaches her coaching with empathy. She believes that clients are the experts on themselves and will empathetically meet them where they are at. In her free time, you can find Rachel having dance parties with her daughter, enjoying a patio happy hour with her husband, and engaging in laser pointer shenanigans with her cat.
In addition to being a Certified Life Coach, Corinne has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington, with a minor in Math. She is also a Certified Master Trainer and Breakthrough Coach, and brings this experience to her sessions. She worked in education and then moved to be on the SET team at Northwestern Mutual – Chicago. After a few months, she was promoted to Client Management Coach and had the opportunity to be a RACE Coach, onboard new reps, and work with teams to develop maximum productivity through technology and teamwork. She enjoys working with reps that are up to 10 years in tenure and loves the uniqueness through the strength of each and every one of her clients. Her coaching has led multiple clients to the Annual Meeting awards stage. She approaches coaching with compassion and intuition to use coaching tools, have courageous conversations, and challenge the thinking of her clients. Corinne also loves creating space for her clients to explore their own expertise of their Authentic selves. Personally, Corinne was a ballet dancer for 25 years, but has now turned to competitive swimming in her spare time, along with enjoying reading, traveling, and exploring Chicago with her husband Paul and her dog Jack. Her very favorite place in the world (so far) is the Olympic Peninsula!
Lisa Kann is a Certified Unleash Your Practice life coach and equus coach who specializes in strengthening communication, leadership, teamwork and building problem solving skills through incorporating horses into her practice. She has worked with Northwestern Mutual advisors for more than five years and is a dynamic coach who knows how to help clients learn to lead their lives.
Laura Nighbor joined the Unleash Your Practice team in July of 2016 as the Communications Coordinator. She has previous Northwestern Mutual experience as the Director of First Impressions under Matt Heckmann and his Middleton, Wisconsin practice. Over the past few years living in Madison, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working in management positions in customer service and hospitality at some of the most recognized organizations in the city. Laura enjoys working with people and strives to bring the white-gloved service that clients deserve to experience. She is a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate with a degree in English Literature.
Our Practice Manager Megan Haefner was most recently part of the highly successful team working for Karl Dettmann, Northwestern Mutual – The Kosnick Financial Group. Being a part of one of the top teams at Northwestern Mutual, Megan learned the ins and outs of building and maintaining a thriving practice. Megan graduated from UW Eau Claire with a degree in Marketing and Professional Sales. She lives in Madison, WI with her husband, daughter and dog, Graham.