Nicole (VanDerGriff) Middendorf '98
Financial services entrepreneur
Nicole (VanDerGriff) Middendorf '98 with her 2012 Stevie Award.
Nicole (VanDerGriff) Middendorf '98 was awarded a Stevie Award for Women in Business at a Nov. 9, 2012 ceremony in New York City.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are recognized among the world's top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives and the organizations they run. More than 1,200 nominations -- representing organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry -- were submitted for the 2012 awards.
The former "Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal" 40 Under Forty honoree is CEO of Prosperwell Financial, a Plymouth-based wealth management firm that concentrates on retirement planning, college education savings, estate planning, asset management, insurance and financial planning in the event of divorce.
Middendorf holds a bachelor's degree in international business from St. Cloud State. She is a Twin Cities news television contributor and wrote a 2008 book called "Simple Answers: Life Is More Than Just about Money."
She is a board member of the Minnesota affiliate of the Alliance for Women in Media.
Based in Fairfax, Va., the Stevie Awards were founded in 2002 by businessman Michael P. Gallagher as a response to fallout from the Enron scandal. The name Stevie is taken from the name Stephen, which is derived from the Greek word for "crowned."
Awards are given in four areas: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, For Women in Business and For Sales & Customer Service.