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August 20, 2018 Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Jennifer Leger, 39

Photo | Erika Sidor Winners of the WBJ 40 Under Forty award (from left): Grace Elton, Efua T. Dufu, Jennifer Leger and Ben Jones.

Vice president & cash management operations manager

Fidelity Bank, Leominster

Lives: Shirley

Birthplace: Leominster

When Leger began as a teller at Fidelity Bank's Fitchburg branch, she was a single mother of a 3-year-old boy. She's climbed the ladder, becoming head teller, deposit operations representative, call center and commercial services supervisor and assistant vice president. Leger is now the face of the bank to some of its largest business clients. She played a key role in the merger with Barre Savings bank in 2016 by spearheading the cash-management conversion. She is on the management task force finalizing Fidelity's merger with Colonial Co-operative Bank. She was responsible for establishing the bank's cash management operations department in 2009 and overseeing that growth, which has allowed the bank to increase its product offering and increase the bank's client total while supporting a multi-million dollar portfolio. She is a founding member of the Heart Club, a Fidelity Bank committee ensuring employees work in a positive environment. She won the bank's Mission Accomplished award for representing the support departments and the Pursuit of Excellence award for personifying the bank's core values. For the past 10 years, Leger has volunteered for the mental illness nonprofit SHINE Initiative and was a member of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Institute in which she help start the support group Healthier Minds Social. 

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: “By facing and meeting personal challenges, Jennifer has been an inspiration to all those around her.”

What will the movie about your life be called? “Family Comes First: The Years & Life of Jenn Leger.”

What four people would you like to take on a road trip? My son, two sisters and Aaron Lewis from Staind, because who wouldn't love a little live rock music on a road trip!

Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty 

Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance

Che Anderson - City of Worcester

Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.

Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.

Sam Bitar - Webster Five

Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP

Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives

Derek Canton - paerpay

Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.

Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics

Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching

Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm

Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting

Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.

Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning

Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College

Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering

David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care

Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank

Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill

Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.

Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority

Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp

Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions

Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants

Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank

Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.

Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective

Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester

Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency

Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP

Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities

Jessica Morris - MCPHS University

Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)

Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central

Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.

Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System

Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.

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