Robertson Lectures on Global Business Leadership

In recognition of UCLA Anderson's role in preparing the next generation of global leaders, a series of important and influential global business leaders with expertise in key markets and regions of the world are invited to speak to discuss critical issues that impact global business and the global political economy. Made possible by Chip Robertson (FEMBA '06) and his family, and managed by the Center for Global Management, the Robertson Lectures on Global Business Leadership will serve to provide more opportunities for UCLA Anderson MBA students to acquire global leadership perspectives and insights on key and emerging regions of the world. The Robertson Family has dedicated these lectures to Leo M. Harvey (1887-1973), a pioneer industrialist and inventor, and founder of Harvey Aluminum, and great grandfather of Chip Robertson.

About Leo M. Harvey (1887-1973)

Leo M. Harvey, born in 1887, in Vilnius, Lithuania, was the son a small factory owner.  Threatened with imprisonment for his anti-Czarist activities, he escaped Russia in 1905 and sought refuge in Germany.  After spending several years as a toolmaker, he immigrated to the United States in 1910, finding employment at Hot Point Electric Company in Ontario, California.  In 1914, Harvey set out on his own, hiring two men and founding Harvey Machine Co.  By 1920, the operation had grown to over 300 employees and included clients such as Bendix Company and United States Steel.  Harvey took out numerous patents in specialized machinery and equipment, as well as ubiquitous items such as the paper towel dispenser and the pop-top aluminum can. 

Following World War II, Harvey Machine acquired a large aluminum plant in Torrance, California.  This facility served as the nucleus of Harvey Aluminum Company.  The company expanded, opening plants throughout the United States, the Virgin Islands, Europe and Africa.  Harvey Aluminum grew into a Fortune 500 company and became the fifth largest integrated aluminum producer in the United States.    The company was sold to Martin Marietta in 1972.  Today, Leo Harvey's family carries on his entrepreneurial spirit through the continued development and management of the family's real estate holdings throughout Southern California.  

Thursday, May 15, 2014 7.30pm Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
General Stanley McChrystal, Former U.S. Commander in Afghanistan & Head of Joint Special Operations Command; Co-founder, McChrystal Group - Lessons in Leadership (click to expand)
General Stanley McChrystal, the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan and head of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, addressed an audience of over 300 Los Angeles World Affairs Council members and guests and the UCLA Anderson School of Management over dinner on May 15 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The event was co-sponsored by UCLA Anderson School of Management's Robertson Lecture Series on Global Business Leadership - this was the inaugural event in the series. McChrystal, who now runs a business consulting firm based in Alexandria, Va., talked about the lessons learned from his 34 years in the military, and how they can be applied to leadership in the civilian world. One of the biggest changes to leadership in warfare is the accelerated speed of decision making.  He compared modern warfare to playing "blitz chess" where each of the opponents' pieces is controlled by a different player, and they can make four or more moves at a time without waiting for you, coming from different directions.  "Suddenly you find yourself in this fast reactive mode and you just want the merry-go-round to stop."  But it doesn't, and so the military has decentralized decision-making so that troops on the ground can react more quickly, but at the same time has centralized the information flow, so everyone else in the battle space knows what is going on. View video >> Review transcript of the lecture >>