The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) has named Bedford resident Jennifer Harrington the recipient of its 2021 Pinnacle Award. She is one of nine businesswomen honored for outstanding achievement in the workplace.
The Pinnacle Award recognizes women for “demonstrated leadership that has made a difference and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the region.” The Pinnacle Awards were initiated 27 years ago by the Chamber’s Women’s Network and is considered the most prestigious honor for female professionals in the region according to a recent press release announcing the winners. Selection is tied to nine areas of accomplishment and Harrington was recognized for Achievement in Entrepreneurship.
James Rooney, President and CEO of GBCC said, “Our Pinnacle Awards are always extraordinary, and this year the celebration acknowledges the tremendous leadership of the honorees as they led their companies through a time of crisis. As we begin the 27th year of the Chamber’s Women’s Network, it is even more important that we amplify the voices and accomplishments of women in the business community as they lead us forward.”
Harrington is Founder and President of HATCH The Agency, begun in 2009, which specializes in making creativity an accessible tool for brands. As an award winner for entrepreneurship she is credited for reinventing the way brands access creativity and creative talent. “Boston is renowned as a hotbed of entrepreneurship…but entrepreneurship within the advertising industry is often overshadowed by the city’s celebrated technology and life sciences start-ups. For that reason, I am particularly proud to be honored with this award and humbled to receive it with such an amazing group of inspiring women leaders.”
Harrington’s commitment to equitable access to arts education as a critical onramp to careers in the creative economy was also noted. “Creativity has never been more valuable than it is today and I believe agencies like HATCH play a critical role in connecting the diverse talent coming out of our Boston area art and design schools with employment opportunities which launch careers and contribute to our economy,” Harrington said.
Harrington (Spencer) grew up in Bedford, graduating from BHS with the Class of 1988. She is married to Paul, art teacher at the John Glenn Middle School, and they have four children, Madeline, Emily, Olivia, and Finn.
The eight other winners of the 2021 Pinnacle Award are Nia Grace, owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen in the category of Emerging Executive; Kathy Horgan, Executive Vice-President and Chief Human Resources and Corporate Citizenship Officer, State Street Corporation, for Achievement in Management—Private; Senator Karen Spilka, President of the Massachusetts State Senate, for Achievement in Management—Government; Arlene Fortunato, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Greater Boston Food Bank, for Achievement in Management—Non-profit; Marianne Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, John Hancock, for Achievement in the Professions; Dr. Jessie Gaeta, Chief Medical Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, for Achievement in Care and Life Sciences; Dr. Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College, for Achievement in Arts and Education; and Pamela Everhart, Senior Vice President, Head of Regional Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fidelity Investments, recognized for Lifetime Achievement. Winners will receive their awards at a virtual ceremony to be held on January 29, 2021.