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Hartford Public Library President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey was one of 15 women
honored by the Hartford Business Journal with its 2020 Women in Business Award.
The award recognizes outstanding women who are senior level executives, CEOs, and entrepreneurs
who have mastered their industries.
“I am proud to be recognized for my work in libraries and the non-profit sector, where the challenges of
leading an organization mirror those in the for-profit corporate sector. We may measure success
differently, but have similar goals of strengthening our organizations and creating a positive impact for
our customers, employees and the communities we serve,” Quinn-Carey said.
The list of honorees, selected from over 100 reader nominations, was published in the April 6, 2020
digital edition of the Hartford Business Journal. The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 3 at
the Hartford Marriott from 11:30 am to 1:45 pm.
“The honorees demonstrate business savvy, confidence in themselves and in their organizations, and a
strong track record of professional success,” wrote Greg Bordonaro, editor of the Hartford Business
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Bridget Quinn-Carey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hartford Public Library. Prior to
joining HPL in 2016, Ms. Quinn-Carey served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
and Interim President/CEO of the Queens Public Library, one of three independent public library
systems in New York City. She also served as the Executive Director of the Buffalo and Erie County
Public Library system and has held leadership positions in libraries in New York, Iowa and Connecticut.
Ms. Quinn-Carey earned her BA in English and Rhetoric from the State University of New York at
Binghamton. She earned MLS and MBA degrees from St. John’s University. She is a member of the
academic honorsocieties Beta Gamma Sigma, Sigma Iota Epsilon, and Beta Phi Mu. She is a former
member and Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. She currently serves on
the Connecticut State Library’s Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development. She is a
member of the American Library Association, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Public
Library Association, Connecticut Library Association and New York Library Association. She is a
Corporator for Hartford Hospital and a member of the Board of the Mark Twain House and Museum.