The Center for Global Management hosted Aaron Walton, co-founder and CEO of the powerhouse global advertising agency Walton Isaacson, for a fireside chat with Tony Bernardo, dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management. During a moderated conversation, Walton offered his insights on authenticity and diversity as keys to breakthrough impact for both consumers and employees. He spoke about authenticity and its value in global business, the importance of giving people a voice and the power that diversity has to grow businesses. Drawing on the professional experience he has developed over the past 25+ years, Walton shared stories of the business experiences that unleashed his own inspiring individual style, and offered his thoughts about the kinds of global experiences that may best prepare today’s leaders to thrive in increasingly dynamic and diverse organizations. A private luncheon followed in the executive dining where discussions continued. Walton’s boundless creativity and strategic acumen have made him one of the most admired executives throughout the advertising, brand marketing and entertainment industries. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Multicultural Media Luncheon during the North American International Auto show and was named a Pride Legacy Leader by Business Equality magazine. He was also honored in 2017 by the American Association of Advertising Agencies as one of the 100 People Who Make Advertising Great. In 2013, Walton was elected to the Ebony Magazine “POWER 100” list, an award given to the nation’s most influential Americans from the worlds of religion, business, media and the creative arts. WI was founded in 2005 in partnership with famed NBA superstar and entrepreneurial legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The company’s mission has been a breakout success, leading to inventive and dynamic business relationships with brands and organizations including Lexus, Wells Fargo, Spalding, McDonald’s, NYPD, and Macy’s. Around 250 UCLA and UCLA Anderson students, alumni, faculty, staff as well as members of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall and the Los Angeles community registered for the event that took place in UCLA Anderson’s Korn Convocation Hall. Opening remarks were provided by Ezra Glenn, MBA candidate from the Class of 2020 and the Anderson Student Association VP for Diversity, Inclusion and Community. The event which was part of the CGM’s Robertson Lecture Series on Global Business Leadership, organized by the Center for Global Management, supported by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall and proudly featured as part of this year’s UCLA Anderson Embracing Diversity Week and UCLA International Education Week.