Leslie Howard Patterson Jr, CLU®, ChFC®

Managing Director

Community Involvement

Preparing Student Athletes For The Professional World

Lee Patterson is very honored to be featured in Forbes this month! Click here to read about the five characteristics of student athletes that Patterson explains can lead to business success.

Patterson has expressed in his Northwestern Mutual biography how these attributes have helped him personally advance in his profession, stating, "Football was my entry to my career at Northwestern Mutual. Now I’ve turned my passion for competition into coaching others to financial security".

Lee Patterson is proud to have participated in Northwestern Mutual’s “Race for Childhood Cancer Research” on July 21 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He ran to help raise more than $89,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit that funds childhood cancer research.  Thank you to everyone who supported Lee Patterson in fighting back against this disease.  The contributions he helped raise will fund more than 1,780 hours of research!

Lee Patterson and his team feed the homeless on Saturday September 14, 2013.

Starlight Children's Foundation - Lee Patterson and Northwestern Mutual-Southwest are proud participants in Northwestern Mutual's philanthropic program to accelerate the search for a cure to childhood cancer and to provide support to kids and families facing the daily struggles of this disease.

Lee Patterson teamed up with The Starlight Foundation to host a Great Escape at the Diamondbacks game for children fighting cancer and their families. In addition to September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, it is also Hispanic Heritage Month. So, along with inviting the families from The Starlight Foundation, Lee also hosted a client appreciation event. There was a luche libre wrestling match and the game was all themed around celebrating the heritage.

Partnering with Starlight Children's Foundation, Northwestern Mutual-Southwest, in conjunction with the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, is donating Fun Center mobile entertainment units to four hospitals in the southwest - Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale; Phoenix Children's Hospital; University of New Mexico Children's Hospital in Albuquerque; and Diamond Children's Medical Center in Tucson. Whether hospitalized children are awaiting surgery or sitting restlessly during treatment, Fun Centers help them cope by providing endless hours of fun and distraction.



Phoenix Children's Hospital - Lee Patterson shares in the commitment to improving the health and lives one child at a time by staying involved in the Phoenix Children's Hospital. He helps create awareness in the community about the hospital's needs by attending fundraising events, recruiting others to get involved and support a cause he believes in and through donations.

University of Arizona Alumni - Lee Patterson stays involved with the University of Arizona Alumni Association by reading to children, attending quarterly meetings and donating. There is always something going on in the association: social, cultural, athletic related events, professional and business networking, and community service that Lee stays involved in throughout the year.

Camelback Society - Group of young professionals who are looking to better the Phoenix community through self improvement. They function as the Phoenix Chapter of the New Canaan Society their mission statement and purpose is to connect men who seek and value friendships, to work together in partnership and encourage and equip each other to experience personal transformation, in an environment of trust and acceptance. Through friendship, partnership and transformation, we will have a positive and powerful impact on our families, our communities, the marketplace and the world. 

Math Tutor: Lee Patterson tutors children in math from the 3rd-8th Grade.

Steve Forbes and John Schlifske on
"The Power of a Game Plan”

Northwestern Mutual hosted a speaker series with Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and John Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO. The tour saw over 1,000 attendees and included panel discussions in Iowa City, Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, Steve and John shared their perspectives on the economy, the financial markets, and the importance of having a sound financial game plan in place regardless of market conditions. Key insights presented at the events were:
  • Getting to retirement is no longer the end goal - it is a new starting point. Schlifske and Forbes contend that today's economy coupled with increased life expectancy means there is an increased risk for individuals to deplete their assets too soon. A well-rounded plan is essential to help maintain financial security for life.
  • It is unlikely that individuals can solely invest their way to prosperity. Rather, Schlifske and Forbes believe in practicing proven financial principles, such as cutting spending, saving in addition to investing, and dollar-cost averaging for the long-term.
  • Regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C., there are plans that individuals and business owners can make now to ensure long-term security. Schlifske and Forbes encourage Americans to not let debate in Washington prohibit them from addressing their short- and long-term financial needs.

For more thoughts on these and other business topics, visit the Northwestern Mutual Special Feature on Forbes.com.

To view photos from this event, click here.



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