Highlighting FinTech Leaders: Leslie Campisi (Anthemis)

“Technology is a reflection of the people who make it. Unhealthy people create unhealthy teams, companies, and products.”


Leslie Campisi headshot



FinTech startups continue to sprout as total global numbers topped 12,000 in the first half of 2019. Investment dollars continue to pour in, reaching over $110 billion in 2018, 120% over 2017 as reported by KPMG.

Enabling the startup seeds to grow is global venture investment firm Anthemis. Named after a genus of aromatic flowering plants, Anthemis invests in growing digitally native fintech companies, with an eye towards sustainable finance. The company has a green thumb — a knack for financing the vanguard of a transforming financial services industry.

Leslie Campisi is the CMO and communications virtuoso at Anthemis. She is a begrudging admirer of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Leslie continues to astound with her yogini-like commitment to financial literacy and personal well-being. When she isn’t on the mat practicing, she is leading her team to new heights.

With warmup over, let’s turn to our interview with Leslie…



Company 1-line description

Anthemis cultivates change in financial services by investing in and building early stage, digitally native fintech companies.


What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I appeared on College Jeopardy!*

*The exclamation point isn’t an expression of my excitement, Jeopardy! actually has a “!” in its name. This is what happens when you work in marketing, kids.


If you could pick any job in the world, what would it be? Aside from your current hustle.

Cast member on Saturday Night Live. If we’ve met more than once, I definitely have an impression of you.


What’s your favorite thing about working where you do?

Impossible to pick. How about working for the most badass female investor on the planet?


What do you think about the future of FinTech that your colleagues don’t all agree with?

“It’s the tiny choices that add up and turn into healthy habits”
We’re a pretty opinionated group…I can almost always find *someone* to agree with me. But one thing I’m personally passionate about is the health and wellbeing of founders and fintech workers. Technology is a reflection of the people who make it. Unhealthy people create unhealthy teams, companies, and products. It boggles my mind that more VCs, to name one demographic in the ecosystem, don’t support their founders in taking accountability for their own wellness. I’m doing my part by teaching yoga — for people that don’t “do yoga” — at RISE on Tuesday nights. An hour on a mat might seem like something insubstantial, but the reality of change is that it’s the tiny choices that add up and turn into healthy habits. (It’s free. If you want to get on the list, DM me.)


What bank or FinTech do you have the most admiration for and why?

My favorite fintech company right now is Kindur. I mean, have you MET Rhian Horgan? Right? Plus helping people bust down the silos between the government, banks and insurance companies to figure out how much money they actually need to retire — that’s a mission worth getting behind.


How do we make the FinTech community even stronger?

Diversity. Race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, educational background, all of it. Stat.

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