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U.Va. Darden School of Business Alumni Have a Strong Economic Impact

February 27, 2015 Leave a comment

A graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Bill Gray frequently returns to the university as a lecturer and guest speaker. The former co-CEO of Ogilvy Group North America, Bill Gray continues to support the university and is one of the Darden School’s featured alumni.

Offering MBA, Ph.D., and Executive Education programs, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the top business schools in the world. First established in 1955, the Darden School excels at providing entrepreneurial-minded students with the knowledge and skills they need to become responsible leaders. A recent survey found that alumni from the school have had a significant impact on the economy at the state, national, and international level.

The survey considered more than 220,000 graduates, many of whom have played roles in launching new companies. Of the graduates surveyed, 65,000 were responsible for starting new companies that generate more than $1.6 trillion a year and employ more than two million individuals. This high level of entrepreneurial activity among alumni has helped Virginia’s economy grow at a much faster rate than many other states.


Darden School of Business Hosts Firsts Sustainability Pitch Contest

Darden-School-of-Business-University-of-Virginia-MBA-EMBA-Exec-Ed-UVA-DardenAn alumnus of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (UVA), Bill Gray earned his MBA from the school. Bill Gray, who spent more than 30 years a co-chief executive officer of Ogilvy Group North America, retains strong ties to his alma mater as a featured speaker and lecturer to current students.

UVA’s Darden School recently named winners of the first-ever pitch night competition based on business platforms dealing with environmental sustainability. Held in January at the W. L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory on campus, the event saw six individuals pitching ideas before a packed room. The Darden School supported the event to promote environmental awareness while also putting business students in a high-pressure, real-world situation. Anna Perry, a high school student, earned the People’s Choice award as well as the Most Feasible Idea award for her pitch on composting in elementary and high schools. Top honors, however, went to Joni Lane for her hemp-based insulation idea.

Freezin’ for a Reason Fundraiser Supports Wakeman Boys & Girls Club

February 13, 2014 Leave a comment

As the co-owner and operator of Hulls Highway, Inc., a consulting firm based in Southport, Connecticut, Bill Gray balanced a successful career as a business professional with numerous philanthropic activities. Bill Gray spent more than two decades as co-CEO of Ogilvy Group North America. A senior advertising executive, he provided a decade of volunteer service as a member of the board of directors of the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club of Southport, one of the numerous commitments he made over the course of his career to local and global charitable organizations.

Established in 1913 as The Wakeman Boys Club, the organization always included girls but the name remained unchanged until 1983. A member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Southport-based club, which includes outreach programs in Fairfield and Bridgeport, Connecticut, hosts numerous special events to raise program funds. One of the newest events, Freezin’ for a Reason, kicked off in 2011 with participants taking a freezing dip in the Long Island Sound. More than 130 Wakeman supporters took the challenge, raising more than $82,000. The money from the fundraising activity benefits sports, arts, and other educational programs provided to youth at all three Wakeman Boys & Girls Club clubhouses.

The First Tee of Connecticut Promotes Girls Golf Program

downloadAn award-winning senior advertising executive, Bill Gray joined Ogilvy Group North America in 1978, coming to lead the company as co-CEO until his retirement in 2010. Additionally, he was a member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide board and sat on the board of the Harleysville Group. Throughout his distinguished career, Bill Gray found numerous ways to remain involved in his community, including serving on the board of directors of The First Tee of Connecticut.

In 2013, The First Tee of Connecticut, a youth initiative of the Connecticut Golf Foundation, became an official LPGA-USGA Girls Golf site. An all-female coaching staff and a female director lead instruction of the girls’ program, which emphasizes the continued engagement of young women in the game of golf. The program promotes a healthy and active lifestyle through the five “E’s” of girls’ golf: empower, engage, enrich, energize, and exercise. TFTCT’s Girls Golf Program develops a schedule of events for the participants to enjoy, including a “Spring Into Golf” Bring a Friend Day, where enrollees are encouraged to introduce a friend to the program; a girls-only summer camp experience; and a golf fair. Girls aged 7 to 18 can participate in most of the events at no charge through the support of The First Tee.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Fresh Air Fund

An independent trustee for Century Capital, Bill Gray previously sat on the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide board and served as co-CEO of Ogilvy Group North America. Throughout his career, Bill Gray has remained devoted to giving back, and he supports a wide range of organizations, including the Fresh Air Fund. This nonprofit organization provides New York City children with unforgettable summer opportunities that allow them to engage them with the community and experience life outside of the city. The organization also offers various programs during the school year to encourage academic success and career planning.

Like any nonprofit, the Fresh Air Fund thrives on the assistance of volunteers. A number of volunteers tutor middle school students or mentor high school students as they prepare for the transition to college. Other volunteers allow students to shadow them in their careers or lead workshops on various career options.

For individuals with managerial skills, various special events committees always need assistance with planning for upcoming occasions, such as the Fall Benefit or the Spring Fling. Volunteers also staff various community outreach events.

Individuals can learn more about these opportunities at

The American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet

A senior advisor of Blackstone Portfolio Operations Group at The Blackstone Group, Private Equity Group, Bill Gray formerly fulfilled responsibilities as co-CEO of Ogilvy Group North America and as a member of the board of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Bill Gray’s interests include diverse community involvements; among these, he supports the American Red Cross in New York. For his contributions to this organization, he earned the 2008 Humanitarian of the Year Award.

In an effort to bring American Red Cross initiatives and disaster response activities into public awareness, the organization developed the National Celebrity Cabinet in 2002. Personalities including musicians, athletes, actors, and other public figures commit to a one-year term, during which they help the Red Cross spread its messages to encourage citizens to help in urgent situations.

When country music star and contestant on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Trace Adkins joined the National Celebrity Cabinet in 2012, he experienced firsthand the value of the American Red Cross. After he lost his home to fire, Red Cross volunteers came to the site with assistance for Mr. Adkins and his family. Today, Trace Adkins helps the American Red Cross reach his significant audience of fans. To learn more about the National Celebrity Cabinet and the work of the Red Cross, visit

New York Public Library Plans Renovation

December 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Between 1978 and 2010, Bill Gray worked for Ogilvy Group North America, serving as the co-chief executive officer his last four years. Previous to pursuing a graduate education and career in business, Bill Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University, and today he serves as a trustee for the New York Public Library.

The New York Public Library, second in size only to the Library of Congress, is currently in the midst of planning a major renovation to its popular Fifth Avenue building. The innovative building design, which will cost the library an estimated $300 million, calls for a high-ceilinged reading room with bookshelves standing 53 feet high. The library had initially released plans for renovation that saw the building’s original book stacks completely demolished and overhauled, but the public outcry was enough to sway the library into retaining the stacks as a central feature of the newly planned circulating space beneath the Rose Main Reading Room. The library had intended to begin the renovation in 2013, but progress has been delayed by a number of governmental reviews of the project.