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Women in Business 2021: Lesa A. Vanotti, Torrington Savings Bank

Lesa A. Vanotti Employer: Torrington Savings Bank Title: President & CEO See all Women in Business 2021 honorees
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Vanotti assumed the role of president and chief executive officer of Torrington Savings Bank (TSB) on October 1, 2020. She joined the bank as part of the accounting team in 1996 and held roles of progressive responsibility, most recently senior vice president and chief financial officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Post College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. In addition to leading TSB, Vanotti is active in the Torrington community, serving on a number of boards and advisory committees.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment has been being named the 14th president and first woman CEO of this pillar of the Torrington community. I am honored by the trust placed in me by the Board of Trustees and humbled by the 152-year legacy built by my predecessors.

What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

I want to take the bank to the next level. We have a strong foundation of capital and liquidity that will support both geographic and asset growth. The technology available today allows us to reach customers in ways that weren’t possible 10 years ago. It’s an exciting time for us.

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

My biggest professional challenge was being a working mom. Juggling a full-time job, two pre-teens and going back to school for my MBA in the evenings and on the weekends. Looking back now, I do not know how I did it, but I had an amazing support team in my family and colleagues.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to adapt as a leader?

I’ve always tried to be empathetic, but the pandemic raised that to a new height. I had to ask our retail team to come to work and serve our community despite personal risk. I have a deeper appreciation for the folks who are on the front line every day, making a difference.

What legacy do you want to leave after your career is over?

My goal is to have used my position and expertise to support aspiring professionals maximize their growth and potential. Whether it be as a role model for young women, a mentor or as an educator, I want to know I’ve made a contribution to someone’s career and shown them the value of perseverance and hard work.

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