Laurie A. Leja, CLTC®

Financial Advisor


My team and I are committed to providing an exceptional experience to all of our clients. If you need to schedule an appointment or request any other service, please let us know. We are here to help and will respond promptly.

Laurie and Walter Leja

Walter R Leja

Walter R Leja

Director of Investment Operations
Office 847-795-1763

Walt has been working with Laurie since 2000 and has over 18 years experience. They are a unique wife & husband team that combine their skillsets and insight to make sure clients are on track and taking advantage of everything that is available to them. They work collaboratively to review investments & creative ways to maximize client returns to and through retirement.

As Director of Investment Operations & Retirement Income, Walt builds relationships and develops personalized financial plans. He also works to provide investment product solutions consistent with the client's long term goals. In addition, he works hand in hand to assist clients with the transfer of their investments.

His knowledge, expertise and attention to detail help to provide a well-rounded experience for everyone.

Walt is an avid golfer, runner and raquetball player. He enjoys spending quality time with his family & friends.

Kathryn G Dieter

Kathryn G Dieter

Financial Planning Associate
Office 847-663-7164

Katie Dieter has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2007 and serves as my Financial Planning Associate. In this role, Katie helps me deliver financial security to my clients by developing personalized financial plans based on my client’s specific goals. Katie also consults with me to provide investment product solutions as part of our long-term strategy which is consistent with the goals outlined in the plan.  She holds the Series 7, 63, 66, 9 & 10 and is fully licensed in life, health and disability insurance. Katie has a degree in Sociology and a minor in Mathematics.

Michelle Elaine Genzlinger

Michelle Elaine Genzlinger

Marketing Assistant

Michelle joined Laurie's team in February. 

As Marketing & Scheduling Assistant, Michelle's primarily responsible for coordinating Laurie & Walt's calendars. She also oversees brand marketing including business development and event planning (both educational & fun). 

Michelle resides in the northwest suburbs with her husband Tom. They have a daughter, Emmie and a dog Piper. Outside of work, her daughter keeps her busy. A native Rhode Islander, she always enjoys being near the water or on a boat, as well as skiing, reading and spending time with friends & family. She is a breast cancer survivor (of 5 years and counting) and is very active in supporting others.


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