Meet Our Team

About Alissa


Alissa Gauger, MBA, has consistently helped financial advisors gain a competitive advantage by applying her strong business background and highly effective coaching techniques. 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. Her coaching services include leadership and executive coaching.

In addition to her coaching services, Gauger works as a marketing and business consultant, writer and speaker.



About Malory

Certified Martha Beck Coach and Certified Kolbe Consultant Malory Ogrizovich is passionate about helping people find and live out their best lives. Ogrizovich has inside-out knowledge of the Northwestern Mutual Sales School training process through her work as Training & Development Coordinator at Northwestern Mutual- The Holter Financial Group in Milwaukee, WI and as Director of Training at Northwestern Mutual – The Kosnick Financial Group in Madison, WI. She also worked for a year as a Financial Representative at the Kosnick Financial Group which gave her true insight into this lifestyle career. “My role as an Unleash Your PracticeTM coach allows me to bring my in-depth knowledge of training and what it’s like in the field to empower people to bring their best selves to their practices and their lives,” says Ogrizovich. Ogrizovich enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.Certified-smTRELOGOHEADERcertified_transparentBG




About Connie

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.






About Rachel

uyp-headshot-2In 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.






About Corinne

Corinne's Facebook PhotoIn 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!






About Lisa

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.






About Megan

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, Haefner 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.



About Laura

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.