Equipment Finance’s STRIPES Leadership Program to Launch Cohort No. 2 in February



STRIPES Leadership Program, in partnership with Monitor, is excited to announce the launch of Cohort No. 2 in February 2022. STRIPES is a 10-month professional and personal leadership development program designed to challenge and inspire best-in-class leaders within the equipment finance industry.

The first cohort launched in September with 23 participants from various companies in equipment finance. The participants’ roles are diverse and cover many aspects of a leasing company, including sales, credit, operations, marketing, capital markets and IT. All of the participants are current leaders within their companies and each has an aspiration to grow and develop their leadership role. Each participant is embarking on a unique, enriching experience tailored to their individual goals and objectives.

“Our first cohort launched Sept. 28 and the participants hit the ground running. Now, almost two months later, they are fully engaged and embracing every aspect of the program. It’s so fun and fulfilling to watch them grow and develop! The transformation already achieved by the STRIPES Cohort 1 participants has been amazing! We have heard nothing but positive feedback from participants and their managers. We look forward to welcoming Cohort No. 2 at the beginning of next year,” Lisa Rafter, founder and CEO of STRIPES Leadership Program, said.

Launching in February 2022, Cohort 2 participants will begin their personal and professional STRIPES Leadership Program with a three-day Leadership Breakthrough Intensive facilitated by STRIPES’ partner, Gap International. The three-day program is transformative in nature and is the launchpad for the rest of the program. The next 10 months include Master Talks, Master Workshops, Independent Working Groups, Breakthrough Reflection Sessions and more.

A new Master Workshop has been added to Cohort 2 consisting of three panels of equipment finance executives moderated by Rafter. The executives include Adam Warner, president at Key Equipment Finance; Will Perry, president at Regions Equipment Finance; Bill Verhelle, founder and CEO of Innovation Finance; Vince Belcastro, group head capital markets at Element Fleet Management; Ellen Comeaux, senior vice president and commercial division sales leader at TIAA Bank; David Normandin, president and CEO of Wintrust Specialty Finance; and Mike Romanowski, president of Farm Credit Leasing. These distinguished panelists will discuss their approaches and perspectives regarding some of the most important aspects and qualities of leaders in support of STRIPES’ outcomes: inspiring change and transformation, fostering bold thinking, embracing open hearted leadership, creating fellowship and making a difference.

“It’s an exciting and important time for our industry as companies navigate a changing environment, develop strategies for innovation and build plans for the leaders of tomorrow. We created STRIPES in response to each of these initiatives. STRIPES’ 10-month program gets to the heart of participants’ future leadership goals and bridges the gap with a powerful curriculum delivered by well-known industry leaders and best-in-class leadership experts,” Rafter said.

STRIPES Leadership Program is a 10-month, certificate granting program that provides immersive training delivered by recognized industry leaders and best-in-class leadership experts, including a partnership with global management consultancy firm Gap International. STRIPES offers rich components that build sustainably competitive transformations on both a personal and professional level.

STRIPES’ curriculum includes:

  • 360 Assessments
  • Breakthrough Leadership Self-Assessment (BLSA) in Partnership with Gap International
  • Three-Day Breakthrough Intensive Program in Partnership with Gap International
  • Customized Leadership Development Plans
  • Mentor/Mentee Program
  • Monthly Mentor Meetings
  • Master Talks with Recognized Industry Leaders
  • Master Workshops with Recognized Industry Leaders and Best-in-Class Leadership Experts
  • Breakthrough Reflection Sessions
  • Independent Working Cohort Groups
  • Individual Program Coaching

STRIPES’ Outcomes

Inspire Change and Transformation

  • Broaden your mindset and behavior to think critically about change and to effect change in your organization
  • Prepare yourself as a leader who deals powerfully with change and leads your company into the evolving world of the equipment finance industry
  • Create and deliver on a project that has direct impact on your company
  • Build a plan that guides your narrative of change into the future

Foster Bold Thinking

  • Take a bold stand and define the future of your company
  • Develop a mindset of disruption which leads to ongoing and continual innovations for your company and the industry

Embrace Open Heart Leadership

  • A leader who leads with an open heart and connects with others with authenticity, empathy and vulnerability
  • A leader who is available in mind, spirit and heart
  • A leader who creates an environment where differences are understood, accepted and welcomed

Create Fellowship

  • Build strong industry connections with relationships built over 10 months of learning together, growing together and experiencing and sharing breakthroughs
  • Collaborate together as peers working together across organizations for the betterment of your organizations and the equipment finance industry

Make a Difference

  • Make an immediate impact on your area of accountability and your company with a breakthrough project designed with the principles of the program
  • Make a lasting impact on your company and overall industry with an expanded view of what’s possible for yourself, your accountabilities, others and your company

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