Marks 11th Chapter Since Being Established in 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 26, 2019 – LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. (“LEAF”), a leading U.S. equipment leasing and finance company and subsidiary of People’s United Bank, N.A., and People’s United Bank, today announced the launch of a new Women in Leadership Chapter (“WIL”) in Philadelphia, PA, where LEAF is based. This marks People’s United’s 11th Women in Leadership Chapter, which now totals more than 1,500 employee-members.

Women in Leadership is a large group of dedicated Bank employees organized into regional chapters and is part of People’s United’s and LEAF’s ongoing strategy and vision to embrace and celebrate diversity among employees. The mission of WIL is to promote diversity and inclusion and build stronger relationships – through women and for women – to spark collaboration, foster relationships, promote personal and professional development, and partner with communities across the Northeast, and nationwide.

The Philadelphia Chapter joins ten other chapters throughout People’s United Bank’s footprint, and is led by co-leaders Michelle Speranza, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at LEAF, Sandy Graydus, SVP, Corporate Operations at LEAF, and Donna Emhart, SVP Corporate Banking at People’s United Bank.

The kick-off meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter was held on September 12, 2019, with an introduction by the Chapter leaders and People’s United Bank co-chairs Amy Le Blanc Hackett and Madlyn Lapides, followed by Walking the Line: Gender, Communication and the Double-Bind, a 90-minute interactive presentation by Dr. Terri Boyer of Villanova University.

“Our first event for Women in Leadership Philadelphia was a huge success,” said Speranza. “I am passionate about giving women in our industry a platform to make their voices heard and resources to support them in reaching their professional goals. Women in Leadership offers both, and I am proud to be part of bringing this extraordinary program to Philadelphia and is yet another way LEAF is fostering collaboration among our clients, communities, and employees.”

About LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.
LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. (“LEAF”), is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Moberly, MO, Orange, CA, Baltimore, MD, and Dallas, TX. From the office to the factory floor to the server room, wherever customers need equipment, software and services, we make it affordable. Trusted by nearly 250,000 companies of all sizes across the U.S., LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., backed by the strength of People’s United Bank, offers customized financing that helps our customers solve real problems. When businesses need financing or need to offer financing, they achieve more with LEAF. Learn more at

About People’s United Bank
People’s United Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified, community-focused financial services company headquartered in the Northeast with more than $51 billion in assets. Founded in 1842, People’s United Bank offers commercial and retail banking through a network of over 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as wealth management and insurance solutions. The company also provides specialized commercial services to customers nationwide.