George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

School of Business Distinguished Alumni Awards


2019 Winners

Distinguished Alumna of the Year
CavalloKristen Cavallo, MBA '93
CEO, The Martin Agency

Kristen Cavallo never thought she’d be a CEO. She 100% wanted to be that cool, swashbuckling momma taking her kids on international escapades around the globe. Luckily, she said yes to both.

With more than 25 years’ experience working with high-octane brands, in her first year back at The Martin Agency in 2018 she led the charge to eradicate the gender wage gap, tackle invisibility with diversity, and create impactful ideas for clients like GEICO, CarMax, UPS, and Buffalo Wild Wings. In 2019, Cavallo was named Executive of the Year by Advertising Age and was included in Adweek’s Trailblazers list along with agency CCO Karen Costello.

Every year she challenges herself to stare one impossible thing in the face and overcome it (think climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or seeing all seven continents with her kids).

Cavallo believes in leading with heart, in overcoming fear, and that real creative magic lies somewhere in between.


Alumni Service Awardee
AltmanAnne Altman, BS Marketing '82
Co-Founder, Everyone Matters Inc.

Anne Altman is known for her expertise and leadership in the business of government, technology, and the public sector. During her 35 year IBM career, she served as IBM, general manager U.S. federal and government industries; IBM general manager global public sector; and IBM general manager, system z – IBM’s world renowned mainframe.

A friend and mentor to many, she is the co-founder of Everyone Matters, Inc. A woman-owned social impact enterprise founded in 2017, Everyone Matters, Inc. is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has equal access to citizen- based services, healthcare, and education.

Altman serves on numerous public and private boards as well as a variety of non-profit and industry associations. She contributes to George Mason University as a member of the Leadership Council, the School of Business Advisory Board, and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2011, she was recognized as Mason’s School of Business Alumna of the Year.

Altman is the recipient of the prestigious Eagle Award, one of the highest honors issued to industry partners serving the federal government. She has received three lifetime achievement awards for doing the business of the people, and has been recognized on a number of occasions as one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women, as well as being named a Top Tech Titan. She is a tremendous supporter of our community and is one of our most respected leaders.