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Updated: April 6, 2020

B of A’s Hutensky bridges the intersection of business and community

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Bank of America’s Senior Vice President Jill Hutensky has an enviable job. As the Hartford market manager for enterprise business and community engagement, Hutensky has appeared on television celebrating the Hartford Camp Courant junior leaders program and also on the radio promoting Turkey Tuesday food collections.

Hutensky is right where she wants to be, fulfilling a goal she determined in her early 20s when she attended Yale’s School of Organization and Management.

“I was fascinated by the intersection of business and community; the private, nonprofit and public sector,” she explained. “I went back to school to open my mind, and open my world.”

That led Hutensky to a 15-year period at United Technologies Corp. in a variety of roles ranging from corporate responsibility and community giving to sales force development, manufacturing operations and web communications.

At both UTC and now Bank of America, Hutensky has identified, advised and funded community nonprofits from the arts and community development, to education and social services. She is the steward of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in Hartford, which contributed more than $2 million in 2019.

In her role, she leverages the depth and breadth of Bank of America’s national and international portfolio of assets to amplify local partnerships and investments.

One such example is the Bank of America Student Leaders Program, a paid summer internship for high school students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford and instruction in financial literacy and job-skills training. The program culminates in a week-long leadership summit in Washington, D.C., where interns mingle and network with 300 of their peers.

When any of the now 80 Hartford-area participants goes on to use those skills in a career setting, Hutensky is reminded of Bank of America’s goal.

“When someone you mentor gets a job, or a good program is copied by others, it’s great,” she explained. “It’s the little things that happen along the way, there’s no single job or award, it doesn’t have to be overt.”

The priority for the bank is supporting economic mobility for individuals, families and communities. Hutensky said when considering programs, she looks at supporting not just a cause, but finding great leaders who can execute programs and add value by connecting organizations together in complementary ways.

“We can introduce and put people together in ways that can be helpful,” she explained.

Joe Gianni, Bank of America’s market president for Greater Hartford, said Hutensky is a role model for women in the company.

“She understands that business and society are interdependent, and she explores and finds the intersection in order to advance ideas and programs,” Gianni explained. “She is thoughtful, open-minded, asks tough questions, and synthesizes seemingly disparate ideas to come up with forward-thinking solutions.”

Hutensky continues her mission outside work volunteering in the community. She serves on the board of trustees at The Bushnell and is a member of the board of ambassadors for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

She’s also involved with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, MetroHartford Alliance and Workforce Solutions Collaborative.

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