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.

Save the Date: 2016 Annual Dinner – GE CEO to be Honored

AD STD 570 The New England Council’s 2016 Annual Dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at The Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center in Boston, MA.  The New England Council is pleased to announce Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric as one of the 2016 New Englander of the Year honorees.

For more information on sponsorship or tickets, please contact Larry Zabar at or (617) 723-4009.

2015 Annual Dinner

John Hailer, Jim Brett, Sec. Ernest Moniz, Karen Kaplan, Jack Williams, Ryan M. Pitts; and Jim Roosevelt

The 2015 New England Council Annual Dinner was held on the evening of Thursday, October 22, 2015, when the Council celebrated our 90th Anniversary and honored our 2015 New Englanders of the Year.  The Annual Dinner was held at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center in Boston.

The Council’s 2015 New Englanders of the Year were:

Karen Kaplan     
Chairman and CEO, Hill Holliday
Karen Kaplan has been a driving force behind Hill Holliday’s growth to more than $1 billion in annual billings and has been recognized by Business Insider and Advertising Age as one of the most influential women in advertising. She started at the company in 1982 as a receptionist and her energy, optimism, passion, smarts and loyalty have led her to her role today as Chairman and CEO.

Hon. Ernest Moniz
United States Secretary of Energy
As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. Most recently, the former MIT professor has become the administration’s most credible source of information and key negotiator of the historic nuclear deal with Iran. Dr. Moniz was raised in Fall River, MA and is a longtime resident of Brookline, MA.

Ryan M. Pitts
Former Staff Sergeant, United States Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Ryan Pitts, a New Hampshire native, enlisted in the Army in 2003, completing two combat deployments in Afghanistan as a Forward Observer with the 173rd Airborne Brigade before being medically discharged in 2009. Ryan was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 21, 2014, for his actions on July 13, 2008, during his second deployment, where approximately 200 enemy fighters attacked 48 Americans in the village of Wanat, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Jack Williams
News Anchor, WBZ-TV, 1975–2015
Jack Williams has been a pioneer in journalism since 1968 and has forever left his mark on the television landscape in Boston. Jack was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and was one of only five New England journalists to receive the prestigious 2012 Yankee Quill Award which is considered to be the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in the region. Even more so than his work as a dedicated journalist for WBZ-TV, Jack is known as a true philanthropist since creating “Wednesday’s Child” in 1981. Jack and his wife Marci have raised more than $10,000,000 for adoption and helped more than 800 special needs children find loving homes.


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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