Darling J Lie Nielsen, CLTC®

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Community Involvement

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Names

Darling Lie-Nielsen Businesswoman Philanthropist of the Year-2017

A well-deserved honor was bestowed on Darling Lie-Nielsen, a stalwart and benevolent sponsor and contributor to programs supporting children, healthcare professionals and cultural affairs.

Nominated by the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation as their choice for “Philanthropist of the Year,” Darling was selected by a formidable committee of community, civic leaders of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, as well as past recipients of this prestigious AXA Businesswomen of the Year awards luncheon.

An advocate for children in a myriad of ways, Darling has and remains a sponsor of many activities at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, including providing much needed funding for nurses and physicians. She founded the “Distinguished Nursing Lecture Series in 2014,” a much-anticipated event that takes place in November each year. In addition, Darling sponsors the “Wine, Women and Shoes” event annually and enjoys bringing clients and friends to showcase the hospital’s successes and needs for future funding.

For the Lie-Nielsen family, it not just about writing a check or donating. It is about establishing a thriving and meaningful philanthropic relationship with all those you support and sponsor. Making a difference is why Darling enjoys “leaning” in and being involved, not just financially and professionally, but personally, too. “I resolutely believe that to whom much is given, much is required. It’s a common thread in my giving choices and decisions.

Giving back to the community is a core principle of mine. I believe firmly that “To whom much is given, much is required.” It has always been my strong belief that my charitable involvement and that of Northwestern Mutual is the cornerstone of what we do to make our communities stronger.

There is no greater feeling than giving back to something bigger than ourselves. Understanding the importance of community over self can be achieved in a myriad of ways – through volunteerism, through charitable contributions to causes, or perhaps by example. Creating a benevolent imprint and making a lasting difference in the community is more than goal; it’s a commitment.

Ahoy ther me pirate harties, we’re setting sail back-to-school

With the Lie-Nielsen family as captain of ship on this glorious voyage, the crew of 30 kids and 40 parents set sail for a back-to-school pirate adventure like no other.  With treasure crafting of pencil totes for the new school year; a buccaneers lunch; an exploration of the Miami Children’s Museum with a pirate curator in tow; storytelling by “Peter the Pirate” and dance party finale for all ye mates, the kids had a blast and the parents, too. The day was filled with enchantment and treasures for all. And as we disembarked from our incredible journey and exploration, it was time to cherish these memories, and share stories at “show and tell” in the new school year.

A The Lie-Nielsen family welcomes everyone to their “Back to School” pirate adventure.

B Exploring the “Summer Games

C Look what I found in my “goody” bag!

D “Peter the Pirate” captivates the kids with his storytelling.

E Dad, I think we caught the big one.

F Mom helps her little one with her back-to-school craft.

G A dance party like to other.

H I’m having a blast!

I Wow these are heavy…

Together for the Children

Happy Faces, Happy Nurses, Happy Children

During Nurses Week at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Darling Lie-Nielsen delivered “Happy Faces” gift boxes chocked full of “goodies” to the nursing stations in recognition of these unsung heroes. Her message included a gift card that read, “A nurses smile is healing and the best medicine for our kids. Thanks for all you do!” Darling was also the Nurses Week Awards sponsor that saluted several nurses for their outstanding contributions to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital throughout the year. Each winner received a letter from Darling, acknowledging their achievement and contributions to pediatric nursing.

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Community engagement photo
Community engagement photo
Community engagement photo

Fitting in with the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Nurses Week Minions theme, Darling sports the helmet with the nurses that bring “Happy Faces” to these caring unsung heroes. Photos courtesy of Jacky Donate, MCHF Director of Major Gifts.


Bringing together Miami’s finest to ensure that every child receives lifelong health, hope and happiness at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is the mission of the Wine, Women and Shoes event organizers and all those that support it. Darling Lie-Nielsen and Northwestern Mutual have supported and sponsored Wine, Women and Shoes, benefiting the Miami Children’s Health Foundation with passion for more than three years. There is nothing more important to Darling as a mother of three young children, than to ensure their health and safety. She feels passionate about making sure that all kids, those who are well and those who are sick with catastrophic illnesses have access to the best medical care available. Darling has found that same passion and commitment in the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “Being a part of the Together for the Children campaign, a beneficiary of the Wine, Women and Shoes flagship event each year, is heart warming and rewarding for me, said Darling Lie-Nielsen.”

Darling (fifth from the left) hosts a “Premier” table at the Wine, Women and Shoes luncheon and fashion show.

"Top 20 Professionals Under Forty"

Darling was featured in Brickel Magazine's feature of the "Top 20 Professionals Under Forty".

Read article here

 Lions, tigers and bears… Oh my!

A Lie-Nielsen Family Wild Safari Holiday Extravaganza

The children of Darling Lie-Nielsen’s clients were treated to a jammed pack day of fun at the Miami Children’s Museum just before Christmas. More than 30 children made safari masks of their favorite jungle friends, took a docent-led tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Educational Exhibit and other museum exhibits, watched a “live” and captivating performance of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and busted a move at a dance party with the Grinch cast and Museum mascot MiChiMu. With children and parents wearing props from the photo booth, families were given a snapshot or two as a keepsake and memory of this wild safari extravaganza and holiday party. With a goody bag full of treats for each child, a nap was in order for the little ones and time to dream about lions, tigers and bears.

A Latasha Hines smiles at her daughter sporting her giraffe disguise

B I am showing my daddy some of my best moves!

C The Lie-Nielsen family wishes you and yours a very happy holiday!

D A pint size construction zone giant, says “Hey kids, safety first.”

E Four year old John Connor says, “Please meet the Northwestern Mutual Oscar winning performers"

F We are busting our best dance moves gangnam style…

With an emphasis on building lasting relationships, Darling's team gives guest speaker Renee Thompson a warm Northwestern Mutual welcome at the first Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Distinguished Nursing Lecture.

The lecture, titled: From Exhausted to Extraordinary – Strategies to Reverse Nurse Fatigue took place on November 17, 2015 at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. More than 100 NCH nurses attended the lecture sponsored by Darling Lie-Nielsen and Northwestern Mutual - Coral Gables. A staunch supporter of NCH and the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, Darling said this about the sponsorship, “The NCH nurses are the unsung heroes of medicine. Today was amazing and made my heart full, knowing that this lecture and topic meant so much to the nursing staff. I look forward to eliminating more stress from the nurses lives by helping them to achieve financial security, a necessity for a secure future and wonderful life after nursing.”

Darling Featured in Latino Leaders Magazine

April 2014 edition

Sweet Dreams and a Cure, too!

Our three-year-old, John Connor, was snoring with the roar of a “pint-size” lion cub. We set out to find treatment for our child at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Departments of Otolaryngology (Leonardo A. Torres, M.D.) and Pulmonology (Tarig Muzamil Ali-Dinar, M.D.). Soon after, we received the great news that our child would be fine. During the follow-up visits, we learned that he was cured and relieved of childhood sleep apnea. We also felt compelled to heighten the awareness of this condition to help other parents.

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Community engagement photo
Community engagement photo

Meet my heroes!
Left-to-right: Dr. Al-Dinar, Dr. Telischi and Dr. Torres

Moved to help these professionals and other children, Northwestern Mutual - Fort Lauderdale shared our vision. Together, we set out to sponsor the Otolaryngology Grand Rounds academic program, an important effort at the University that exists to promote continuing and postgraduate education.

More recently, my husband John and I were invited by the Otolaryngology Department Chairman, Fred F. Telischi, M.D., to an intimate, inspiring, and special gathering of grateful parents, families, and generous donors, hosted by A.J. Acker who is a supporter of the Department’s Children’s Hearing Program. We remain touched by these accomplished professionals and the contributors who support them.

Left-to-right: Lyle and Oliver Stern, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom, UM Otolaryngology Chairman Dr. Fred Telischi, Darling and John Lie-Nielsen

Gifts from the Heart

Darling and John Lie-Nielsen (far right) congratulate ANF founders Theresa (far left) and Alfredo Pellas on being an inspiration to many.

Never too far removed from her birthplace of Nicaragua and the needs of the impoverished in the country, Darling enjoys giving back. Celebrating with over 500 guests, Darling and her husband John Lie-Nielsen attended the recent American Nicaraguan Foundation Emerald Gala. On this night, the people of Nicaragua were first and foremost. Supporters of ANF came together for a single purpose: to lift the spirits of those less fortunate with gifts from the heart, raising over $1 Million dollars.

The ANF programs are designed to improve the quality of life for the Nicaraguan people. They include: better education; providing for health care and preventive medicine; feeding the poor by developing and sustaining agriculture, and building homes for safe shelter. "Giving to ANF is incredibly satisfying. It’s comforting to know that a charitable contribution to this not-for-profit can do so much for those with so little," said Darling Lie-Nielsen.

Childhood story comes to life on the “big” stage

For a SOLD OUT crowd of children and parents, alike, the popular storybook favorite, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” came to life on the stage of the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center. The performance was sponsored by Northwestern Mutual The Miami Group and benefitted the International Kids Wonderfund. Darling and her Northwestern Mutual colleagues served on the Planning Committee for this event. The wide-eyed children sitting on the edge of their seats had more than a final current call. The IKF children and their families, along with the families of The Miami Group Managing Director Chuck Downs and the other Financial Representatives, were treated to a VIP reception of “Cookies & Milk” with the cast and set of The Very Hungry Caterpillar following the performance. It was an ovation and encore performance that can only be told through a child’s eyes and voice.

Cuban American CPA Association

The members and families of the Cuban American CPA Association are over the moon for the Northwestern Mutual sponsored beach party – Moon of Marco Island.

Darling Lie-Nielsen and her colleague Wealth Management Advisor Rich Goodman, JD, CFP®  began a relationship with the Cuban American CPA Association (CACPA) by supporting the organization’s annual summer get-away and forensic accounting seminar in Marco Island, Florida: the annual CACPA and Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) golf tournament: annual CACPA Gala and Installation Dinner, and the annual Scholarship Dinner, including the creation of the Northwestern Mutual Becker Scholarship Award for aspiring and eligible accountants preparing for the Certified Public Accountant examination.

 The Power of the Purse

For the past two years, Darling and her colleague Kristin Francisco have been proud corporate sponsors of The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade’s hallmark annual event, The Power of the Purse. With more than 1,000 people in attendance, the event honors and recognizes its grantee partners who benefit from the organization’s fundraising. The Women’s Fund’s mission is to empower women and girls through advocacy and funding for innovative initiatives that build equality, foster social change, and create community partnerships. Founded in 1993, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $3 million in grants to more than 400 unique agencies, touching the lives of more than 60,000 people.

Dade County Bar Association - 4,500 Members Strong

Celebrating over 100 years of service to the legal community, the Dade County Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in Florida with more than 4,500 members. Darling has supported and served as presenting sponsor for many DCBA sanctioned events, including monthly membership luncheons. Northwestern Mutual remains a proud and engaged advocate to the members of the DCBA, their practices, families and friends.


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