Annual Dinner

Held each fall in Boston, the Annual Dinner brings together business, non-profit, and academic leaders from throughout New England to celebrate the New England Council’s accomplishments, and to honor those who have made significant contributions to the region with the New Englander of the Year Award.

2016 Annual Dinner Draws 1,800 Guests

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On the evening of November 1, 2016, some 1,800 New England Council members and other guests gathered at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center for the Council’s 2016 Annual Dinner, making it the largest dinner in the organization’s history.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2016 New Englander of the Year Awards to four remarkable honorees:

  • R. Nicholas Burns, Ambassador (Ret.), Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Abbey D’Agostino, U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team
  • Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
  • The Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, Governor, The State of Rhode Island

The New England Council is grateful to the many businesses and organizations who sponsored the 2016 Annual Dinner, and in particular, to the co-chairs of this year’s event: Jay Hooley, CEO of State Street Corporation, and Michael Mahoney, CEO of Boston Scientific.

Learn more about our 2016 New Englanders of the Year in a press release about this year’s dinner, or in some of the local media coverage:

We are also pleased to share copies of several of our honorees acceptance speeches:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW 2016 ANNUAL DINNER PHOTOS.

About the New Englander of the Year Awards

The highlight of each year’s Annual Dinner is the presentation of the prestigious “New Englander of the Year” awards.  First presented over 40 years ago, the award is meant to honors residents of the New England states for their commitment and contributions in their fields of work, as well as their leadership and impact on the New England region’s quality of life and economy.  Over the years, has honored leaders from both the public and private sectors, including U.S. Senators and Representatives, Governors, cabinet secretaries, college presidents, non-profit executives, and CEOs of some of the region’s most respected and successful businesses.

View past New Englander of the Year Award recipients

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