Annual Dinner

2020 New Englanders of the Year to be Honored During Virtual Annual Celebration

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, The New England Council will not hold our traditional, in-person Annual Dinner, and will instead recognize our 2020 New Englanders of the Year during a virtual program.  Mark your calendars for our 2020 Annual Celebration:

Monday, October 26, 2020

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

We are looking forward to honoring an incredible group of New Englanders of the Year:

  • Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, John Hancock
  • Udit Batra, Incoming CEO, Waters Corporation, Former CEO, Millipore Sigma
  • MilliporeSigma
  • Ibram X. Kendi , Ph.D., Founder & Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
  • The Honorable Jim McGovern, U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts’ 2nd Congressional District
  • The Honorable Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 2013-2017


2020 Annual Celebration Sponsorship

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available.


If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 Annual Celebration, please contact Larry Zabar at or at 617-723-4009.

2019 Annual Dinner

Some 1700 NEC members and guests gathered at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center in Boston, MA, on October 21, 2020, for The New England Council’s 2019 Annual Dinner.  We were pleased to honor four remarkable New Engalnders of the Year:

  • Margaret Brennan, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator of “Face the Nation”
  • Roger W. Crandall, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MassMutual
  • The Honorable Maggie Hassan, United States Senator, New Hampshire
  • Jerry Remy, Red Sox Color Analyst, NESN; Former Second Baseman, MLB

Read more about our honorees.

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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