AitN: July 10, 2017

Crain’s New York recently released its rankings for the Most Powerful Women 2017, which “evaluated the candidates using three basic criteria: the financial size of their organization, their rank within their company and the specific impact they’ve had on New York City through their professional and personal endeavors.” New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito ’91 came in at number 17 and Sheena Wright ’90, LAW’94, president and CEO of the United Way of New York City, came in at number 41. All 50 women will be honored at a luncheon on September 26.

Melissa Mark-Viverito and Sheena Wright

Melissa Mark-Viverito ’91 (left); Sheena Wright ’90, LAW’94 (right)


Lucia Aniello ’04 made her film directorial debut with Rough Night, a comedy starring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon ’06. McKinnon also appears on the cover of the July 2017 issue of ELLE; she was interviewed by Tina Fey for a feature article.

Musicologist, historian and UC Berkeley Emeritus Professor of Music Richard Taruskin ’65, GSAS’76 received the 2017 Kyoto Prize (Japan’s prestigious award for those who have “contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of mankind”) “for his contributions to the study, performance and critical discourse of early music, modern Russian music and Western music history.”

Executive producer Jenji Kohan ’91’s newest Netflix original show, GLOW, debuted on June 23. The 10-episode series is set in the 1980s, and follows the start of a women’s wrestling TV show.

Eighteen Hall of Fame football players joined Robert K. Kraft ’63 on a trip to Israel June 13–21, reports. Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, sponsored the trip to spread awareness of American football in Israel.