Wooden Awards highlights videoJohn Wooden's legacy of leadership transcends athletics and spans generations. As a legendary coach, prolific author and inspiring speaker, he dedicated his life to motivating individuals to achieve their highest potential. Wooden instilled in others a sense of pride, a commitment to ethics and a respect for teamwork. These fundamental principles translate seamlessly from the sports arena to the realms of business, management and leadership. And they provide the cornerstone on which the John Wooden Global Leadership Program is built at UCLA Anderson.

In partnership with John Wooden's family, UCLA Anderson School of Management is proud to present the John Wooden Global Leadership Program. Each year, one exceptional leader is honored with this prestigious award for exemplary leadership and service to the community. Proceeds from the dinner fund $25,000 John Wooden Leadership Fellowships awarded to deserving UCLA Anderson students. The 2013 recipient will be Robert Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. The Award Ceremony will be November 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton.

Past Recipients

Jordanna Mora
Robert A. Iger
Chairman & CEO

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Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi
Chairman & CEO

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Peter Uberroth
Peter Ueberroth
Manager Director
Contrarian Group

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Frederick Smith
Frederick Smith
President & CEO

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Kenneth Chenault
Kenneth Chenault
Chairman & CEO
American Express Company

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Jordanna Mora
Howard Schultz
Chairman, President & CEO

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John Wooden Leadership Curriculum Incorporation

John Wooden's leadership philosophy is incorporated into the curriculum at UCLA Anderson. Students utilize his Pyramid of Success, as well as his books on leadership, in their studies and collaborative teamwork.


The John Wooden Leadership Fellowships

A committee of faculty and staff select deserving UCLA Anderson students based on their exceptional principles-based leadership, academic merit and financial need. Their experiences enrich the UCLA Anderson community, and their leadership values echo Coach Wooden's. Funds are provided via net proceeds from the JWGLA award dinner.


Past Fellows

  • Aviva Altmann, MBA '13
  • Juan Rose, EMBA '13
  • Karla Sarni, FEMBA '13
  • Valerie Sun, FEMBA '13
  • Russell Altenburg, MBA '12
  • Archana Rajan, EMBA '11
  • Joanna Schochet, MBA '11
  • Shahrouz Golshani, FEMBA '11
  • Dana Taylor, MBA '10
  • Andrea Swanson, FEMBA '09
  • Christopher Schnakenberg, MBA '09

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John Wooden Global Leadership Awards