Lea B. Olsen

Board Member

Lea B. Olsen of Minneapolis serves on the board at Bell Bank.

Olsen is the company’s first board member from the Twin Cities, where Bell has been steadily building its banking presence for the past decade.

Olsen played basketball at the University of Minnesota, then launched her career in sports journalism. She has been a broadcaster for ESPN covering the WNBA, a game analyst for the Minnesota Lynx, and a television sideline reporter for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Bally Sports North, along with college and high school games. She is also a motivational speaker who founded Rethink the Win in 2015 with the goal of preserving the fun in youth sports while teaching athletes and professionals alike how they can apply sports lessons to the real world.

“The most important lesson I have learned from my career in sports and business is that culture is critical for success,” Olsen says. “As I have built relationships at Bell Bank, I witnessed firsthand Bell’s mission of ‘Happy Employees! Happy Customers!’ It resonated with me and my value system of empowering people through opportunities. I’m incredibly proud of growing up on the south side of Minneapolis and representing the state as a Minnesota Gopher, and I feel a deep sense of responsibility to serve my community. As a Bell Bank board member I’m excited to provide my unique perspective at this pivotal point in the company’s  growth.”