About Us

About Us

Flexibility can be a game-changer. It cultivates the thinking, practices, and solutions a leader needs to anticipate challenges, recognize opportunity, facilitate successful outcomes, and thrive while others struggle to adapt. 

Welcome to The Flexible Advisor — a podcast hosted by Northern Trust Asset Management’s Laura Gregg and David Partain. Join us for insightful, sometimes provocative, conversations with thought leaders across our industry and others. With each episode we investigate today’s most pertinent topics and new approaches for financial professionals seeking to be better guides and partners for their clients.

We’re committed to bringing you the kind of insight you need to conduct a relevant and growing advisory practice in today’s environment. We also want this forum to be truly flexible, a gateway for ongoing dialogue. So, we invite you to tell us about topics you’d like us to explore, and people you see making a difference in this industry who can enhance this endeavor.

Together, let’s help your clients address their evolving concerns, and build productive, long-term relationships with a new generation of clients as well.

Visit our website to learn more: FlexShares.com

Our Team

Laura Hanichak Gregg:
SVP, Thought Leadership and Strategic Communications
Northern Trust Asset Management

Laura has a history of conducting proprietary advisor and investor research and building programs to engage advisors and asset managers through industry intelligence and best practices.

She has more than 20 years of industry experience and has spoken at national events on a range of business-building strategies. Her insights have been published in Forbes, Barron’s, U.S. News & World Report, InvestmentNews, Financial Advisor Magazine among others.

Laura joined Northern Trust in 2008. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN and holds FINRA 7 and 63 licenses. She is a member of Women Investment Professionals, Women in ETFs and sits on a membership committee with the Money Management Institute.

David Partain:
SVP, Head of Brand Activation & Administration
Northern Trust Asset Management

David oversees brand management within Northern Trust Asset Management. Prior to assuming this role in 2023, he served as the Global CMO for the Northern Trust FlexShares Exchanged Traded Funds group. 

David has more than 30 years of broad experience in the industry and speaks regularly at industry events.

He is a graduate of Wheaton College, the University of Pennsylvania’s Warton School’s Securities Industry Institute Program, and Liberty University (M.A. in Leadership & Management). He has also held FINRA Series 7, 63 & 66 Licenses.