John Ullmen

Lecturer of Management and Organizations
(310) 444-3915
Areas of Expertise:
  • Executive Presence
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Leadership Development
  • Listening
  • Network Management
  • Relationship Building




John Ullmen is a continuing lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has taught for 15 years across the MBA, FEMBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs.

Several global executive search firms, along with private equity firms and other organizations, ask Ullmen to coach senior leaders in their current roles or as they transition into next-level roles.

Over the past two decades, he has conducted hundreds of in-depth executive coaching engagements with leaders across a wide range of Fortune 500 firms and industry leaders in technology, media, entertainment, consumer products, healthcare, biotech, finance, banking, real estate, professional services, construction, defense and government.

Ullmen's most recent book, Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In, was selected by the leading business executive summary firm as one of the Top 30 Books in Business, and is in print around the world in many languages.

His writing also has been featured in Harvard Business Review, on MSNBC, in the Los Angeles Times and other major media outlets.

His video programs on LinkedIn Learning have millions of paid views, have been selected for featured lists, and have been translated into multiple languages. Programs include Executive Leadership Fundamentals, Developing Executive Presence, Mindfulness, Communication Fundamentals, Influencing Others, Connecting with Executives and Executive Coaching.

He is a frequent speaker on leadership, influence and executive presence.

Ullmen began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a lead systems engineer for a top-secret global Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence program.



Ph.D. Organizational Behavior, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Masters Public Policy, Harvard University

B.S. Engineering Mechanics, US Air Force Academy