January 20, 2012 | 1:22 p.m.
By Nicole Finsaas '14
Gail Mikolich, who graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel’s College of Adult & Professional Studies, was recently honored as one of the 2011 Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce, the second time she has received the honor, qualifying her to be a part of the Finance & Commerce Circle of Excellence.
Mikolich has worked at Northeast Bank since she was an intern, steadily moving up the ranks and becoming the bank’s youngest-ever executive vice president in 1999. During her 25 years there, she has been recognized in Twin Cities Business Journal and Northwestern Financial Review, the latter of which recognized her as a Top Woman in Banking in 2008.
Mikolich chose Bethel for its values, curriculum, and proximity to her home. “I enjoyed being able to practice what I learned on the job immediately,” she says. “I believe my Bethel degree enhanced my credibility.”