2007: John Hodgman '94
John Hodgman is a contributing writer for publications including The New York Times Magazine. He wrote an advice column for McSweeney's for over a year entitled "Ask a Former Professional Literary Agent." He now appears regularly on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Hodgman's first book, The Areas of My Expertise, was published in 2006.
2006: Keith Ferrazzi '88
Keith Ferrazzi, who is widely hailed as one of the world’s most “connected” individuals, is CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, which provides sales force and leadership development, as well as marketing consulting, to some of the world’s most respected and best-known companies. Ferrazzi’s national-bestselling book is NEVER EAT ALONE: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, and besides being an instant hit, it caused Tom Peters to say, “Don’t walk…RUN to your closest bookstore...[NEVER EAT ALONE] is the most extraordinary & valuable book I've come across in a long, long time!”
Before founding Ferrazzi Greenlight, Keith Ferrazzi served as Chief Executive Officer for YaYa Media, a leading interactive entertainment consultancy. Prior to that, he was the youngest Chief Marketing Officer in the Fortune 500 upon joining Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. At Starwood, he oversaw all marketing activities for global brands such as Sheraton, Westin, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, and W Hotels. In his posts at YaYa and Starwood, Ferrazzi drew heavily from his experience as Chief Marketing Officer of Deloitte Consulting, where he was the youngest ever to be tapped for Partner. While at Deloitte, Ferrazzi developed and managed the industry's first globally integrated marketing organization. His creative marketing strategy contributed to the ascent of Deloitte's "Consulting" brand recognition from the lowest in the industry to a primary position.
Ferrazzi was an early leader in the quality movement as the youngest examiner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He has been named a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, one of the top "40 Under 40" business leaders by Crain's Business, one of the most distinguished young Californians by the Jaycees, and one of the most creative Americans in Richard Saul Wurman's book, Who's Really Who. Ferrazzi's extraordinary rise to prominence has even inspired a Stanford Business School case study.
In addition to his book, NEVER EAT ALONE, Ferrazzi has authored numerous articles for leading business publications, including Inc., Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. He has also been a commentator on CNN, CNBC, and NBC’s TODAY Show.
Ferrazzi actively supports numerous civic, charitable, and educational organizations. He serves on Yale University's Board of Alumni Governors, is a Fellow of the Berkeley College at Yale, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kiski School in Pennsylvania. Additionally, he founded and chairs Equality 1st, a foundation focused on assuring that everyone has an equal chance at success in the workplace. He is particularly interested in the relationship between leadership success and spirituality. Ferrazzi earned a BA degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
2005: Mark W. Everson '76
Mark W. Everson was confirmed by the U. S. Senate on May 1, 2003, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Mr. Everson is the 46th commissioner since the agency was created in 1862. Mr. Everson was appointed by President Bush to a five-year term.
As IRS commissioner, Mr. Everson presides over the continued reorganization and modernization of the nation’s tax administration agency. His priorities include strengthening enforcement of the tax laws and improving services for taxpayers. From Aug. 1, 2002, until his confirmation, Mr. Everson served as deputy director for management for the Office of Management and Budget.
Prior to joining the Bush administration in August 2001, Mr. Everson was group vice president — finance, of SC International Services, Inc., For 10 years, from 1988 until 1998, Mr. Everson was an executive with the Pechiney Group, one of France’s largest industrial groups. While with Pechiney, he held various financial and operating positions in the United States, France and Turkey.
Mr. Everson also served in the Reagan administration from 1982 until 1988 holding several positions at the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of Justice, where he was deputy commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. While at INS, he oversaw implementation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, landmark legislation providing for sanctions against employers hiring undocumented aliens and granting amnesty to millions of qualifying illegal aliens.
2004: Anne Applebaum '86
Anne Applebaum is a columnist and member of the editorial board of the Washington Post. Her latest book is Gulag: A History, which was released this past April. The work narrates the origins, development and daily life of the Soviet prison camp system that incarcerated over 30 million citizens in its 60-year history. A graduate of Yale and a Marshall Scholar, she has worked as the foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator (London), as the Warsaw correspondent for The Economist, and as a columnist for the on-line magazine Slate and for several British newspapers. Her work has also appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Radek Sikorski, and two children.
2003: David Milch '66
David Milch graduated "Summa Cum Laude" from Yale and was awarded the Chauncey Brewster Tinker Prize for the outstanding senior in English. In 1982, he was a lecturer in English literature at Yale when he wrote his first script for "Hill Street Blues." That episode, "Trial By Fury," premiered Hill Street's third season and won the Emmy that season. The success of his first script marked the end of his nine years teaching at Yale and the beginning of a career in dramatic television. In 1992, Milch co-created the acclaimed police drama "NYPD Blue." This highly rated series set a record by garnering 26 Emmy Nominations its premier season, winning the award for Best Drama. He currently has several projects in development, including a feature film and two dramatic series for television. HBO has just announced that it has acquired the rights for 13 episodes of the new Milch series "Deadwood."
2002: Anthony Williams '79
Anthony A. Williams began serving as the fourth Mayor of the District of Columbia on January 4, 1999, 25 years after the city was granted Home Rule in 1974. Mayor Williams' commitment to the citizens of the Nation's Capital is to build a city government that works for everyone. He has a clear vision for Washington, DC: safer streets, better schools, clean and healthy neighborhoods, affordable housing, accessible and affordable health care, and a vibrant downtown. His commitment to bring prosperity to neighborhoods throughout the District has led to the infusion of more than $2.5 billion in private investments, and has attracted major businesses, including the Newseum and Freedom Forum Headquarters, Kmart, XM Satellite Radio, and Qwest Communications.
2001: Sandra Boynton '74, '79 DRA
Sandra Boynton '74, '79 DRA. Ms. Boynton has become internationally known for her animal illustrations and the unique sense of humor to be found in her greeting cards, children's books, mugs and calendars. She has recently begun to explore new creative paths with her collection of children's songs entitled "Rhinoceros Tap" and with her album "Grunt," described as "a good-natured satirical response to the Gregorian Chant phenomenon." For this recording, both humorous and beautiful, Sandra called on her friendship with former Yale Glee Club Director Fenno Heath '50 and a group of his favorite singers. Sandra herself is also an alumna of Calhoun College and the parent of a current Calhoun student.