John Hancock’s Jennifer Gugliotti named co-chair of United Way’s Women United

October 10, 2017

Jennifer Gugliotti

Jennifer Gugliotti (on the left) with 2017 Women Who Live United Honoree Ellen King.

BOSTON – United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley recently named Jennifer Gugliotti, JD. LL.M and associate vice president and senior counsel at John Hancock, as co-chair of United Way’s Women United, a group of 2,000 accomplished women leaders in Greater Boston who are creating positive, lasting change for people in need.  Gugliotti joins Kim Reinert, Partner, Northeast Assurance at EY, in co-chairing Women United in Greater Boston, which provides opportunities for members to be philanthropists in their own community and see their impact firsthand through volunteerism.

“We believe women are powerful agents of change,” said Michael K. Durkin, President and CEO at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.  “We are grateful to have two dynamic and committed businesswomen such as Jennifer and Kim leading a strong network of women who are learning about issues affecting their community and putting problem-solving strategies to work.”

Gugliotti and Reinert lead an executive council that shapes fundraising, volunteer and networking opportunities for women in the region.  Last year, 1,900 Women United members donated more than $10 million to United Way programs that support our local communities. Members live in 266 cities and towns across the region and they work at 252 companies throughout Greater Boston.  Globally, United Way’s Women United program is the largest women’s philanthropic group, with 70,000+ members and more than $1.5 billion in impact to date.

United Way’s Women United also hosts a Community Baby Shower for more than 200 new and expectant mothers, and last year raised $200,000 at the annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast to stem summer learning loss, create valuable summer youth work experiences, and support remarkable young people as they become the first in the family to attend college.

With more than twelve years at John Hancock, Gugliotti is responsible for the global protection and promotion of one of America’s oldest and most recognized brands. In this role, she provides legal support to the Chief Marketing Officer, all of John Hancock’s business marketing teams and the company’s brand and strategic partnerships. In addition to her work with United Way, Gugliotti serves on the Board of Directors of Silver Lining Mentoring, a Boston non-profit that provides mentors and life skills coaching to Boston area youth in foster care.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as co-chair of the Women United executive committee and look forward to working with such an amazing group of women doing great things for our community,” said Gugliotti.

United Way’s Women’s Leadership breakfast will be held October 11 from 7 – 10 a.m. at the Westin Waterfront in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood.   This annual breakfast is a celebration of the impact of local women in our industries and neighborhoods, and also raises funds and awareness for causes in our community. For over two decades, the Women’s Leadership Breakfast has been the premier philanthropic and networking event for women in the Greater Boston area. Each year, this event brings together almost 1,000 women— CEOs, partners, and leaders within dozens of industries, more than 100 companies, and cities and towns across the region— to be inspired and empowered, connect with their peers, and make an impact.

Women United also has a young professionals group, called WINGS for young women in the early stages of their career or just entering the workforce.   WINGS provides valuable opportunities to grow leadership and professional skills, and learn from established women in the community and various industries. But at its core, WINGs harnesses the energy and enthusiasm of young professional women to make a real impact in their community.

Women United members contribute $1,000 or more annually and participate in year-round networking and volunteer opportunities.  For more information visit us online at or contact Lily Lynch at 617.624.8145 or  ###