BBJ: Five things you need to know today, and New Englanders of the year
As originally appearing in The Boston Business Journal

By  ,Executive Editor, Boston Business Journal

The New Englanders of the Year

Last week, I wrote about the number of events right now. During normal times, October is one of the busiest months for business events. This month’s calendar is no different, despite the pandemic. The only difference? All of the events are online — which means you can actually be in two places at once.

It also means that many more hours on your laptop, on Zoom, on Vimeo and on the myriad other teleconferencing platforms events are using. Today is no different: The New England Council’s annual dinner, this year, is an online teatime event.

Today at 4 p.m., the council will present its annual New Englander of the Year awards, an honor it has been bestowing on Greater Boston’s business and policy leaders for over 50 years. Latoyia Edwards of NECN and NBC10 Boston, will be emceeing, while Jim Brett, the council’s president and CEO, and John Hailer, the council’s board chair and president of 1251 Capital, will bestow the honors. The New Englanders of the Year for 2020 are the following (you can read more about them here):

  • Udit Batra (who is now president and CEO of Waters Corp., but who was CEO of Millipore Sigma when the award was given (Millipore’ interim CEO Christos Ross will accept the award on the company’s behalf)
  • Marianne Harrison, president and CEO of John Hancock
  • Ibram X. Kendi, the author and founder/director of Boston University’s new Center for Antiracist Research
  • U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester
  • Hon. Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 2013-2017

Guest presenters include Gov. Baker, Cambridge College president Deborah Jackson, Vertex CEO Reshma Kewalramani, and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, among others.

The awards program in past years has been a gala dinner, with over 1,700 attendees, and lasts a few hours. Today, the council plans to do it all in an hour. It might just be the fastest council dinner ever.

I’ll see you there.

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