Top Women in Finance 2017: Debora Almirall, Minnesota Power Employee Credit Union
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Finance & Commerce (November 16, 2017) - Finance & Commerce’s Top Women in Finance program recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in Minnesota who are making noteworthy contributions to their professions, their communities and society at large.
Name: Debora Almirall
Title/Company: CEO, Minnesota Power Employee Credit Union
Education: B.A., economics, University of Minnesota-Duluth; MBA, University of Minnesota
Family: Husband, Paul; three adult children; four grandchildren
Debora Almirall has had a rich career and life in Duluth. After working for other banks for a number of years, she took the reins of Minnesota Power Employee Credit Union in 2013 and began adding services and overseeing staff expansion.
The Twin Cities native loves living by the big lake. “I grew up in the Twin Cities, but I fell in love with Lake Superior and Duluth,” she said. “I feel like I’m living my dream.”
What’s the biggest turning point in your career and how did that lead you to what you are doing today?
My biggest turning point was going back to school to get my MBA, which opened doors for me to get to a career position.
What are your job responsibilities today?
It is my responsibility to provide strategic direction for the organization and to ensure its success and that of the individuals who work here both now and into the future.
What’s your proudest community achievement?
I am proud of having mentored a young girl for 12 years who was able to become only the second member of her family to graduate from high school. I am also a founding member of Minnesota Credit Union’s Women’s Leadership Network.
What’s the best advice you received from a mentor, and what’s your best advice to women entering your field?
A mentor told me volunteering takes the focus off any problems you may be having and makes you focus on serving other people. You also get opportunities you may not get on your job. You’re giving back as you learn and grow.