2021 HW Woman of Influence: Tess Leighton


All while under the age of 40, Movement Mortgage Market Leader Tess Leighton has helped build and lead her market to over $700m in production last year. In 2019 and 2020, Leighton led a diverse group to become the No. 1 purchase mortgage lender in her state.

She is recognized nationally as one of the top market leaders in the country despite leading the smallest state in the union. Her leadership has been recognized by her own employees numerous times as well, through a multitude of accolades and “raving fans” of her professionalism, her hard work and her unyielding dedication. Over the years, Leighton has become one of the top leaders in her company and a revered voice in her local industry. Her passion and drive have helped her grow one of the largest markets in her region, and her attention to detail has created an incredible customer experience for customers and partners alike. She is passionate about promoting women in business and women’s issues.

She and her team have also made philanthropy and supporting local communities central in her/their success. Their philanthropic efforts over the years have included building Hope Centers and churches in El Salvador and raising money for multiple local charities, in conjunction with Movement Mortgage, the Movement Foundation and the KM Foundation.


Tess Leighton


Market Leader

Company Name:

Movement Mortgage

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