May 11, 2005

ELM DinnerLOS ANGELES - In a gala event held Monday, May 2, 2005 at the Beverly Regent Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, UCLA Anderson School of Management honored Sherry Lansing, former chairman, Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures, with the 2005 Exemplary Leadership in Management (ELM) Award. The ELM Award is the highest honor UCLA Anderson bestows upon individuals and reflects the school’s steadfast commitment to excellence, to the highest ethical standards and to the belief that outstanding business leadership is essential to the well being of the economy and society as a whole.

Jon Voight and Sherry LansingMs. Lansing joined a prestigious roster of ELM Award recipients, including Kent Kresa, former chairman, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Eli Broad, chairman, SunAmerica, Inc.; Craig Barrett, president and CEO of Intel Corporation; William Gross, ’71, chief investment officer, founder and managing director of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO); Michael Eisner, chairman and CEO, Disney; Jill Barad, former chairman and CEO of Mattel, Inc.; Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems; and Herb Kelleher, chairman, Southwest Airlines.

“I’m overwhelmed and so touched,” Lansing told the guests, including past winners Eli Broad and Kent Kresa, her husband, the director Bill Friedken, actor Jon Voight, UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale and numerous UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors members, faculty and friends. “I’m humbled to be in such great company with people like Eli Broad and Kent Kresa “It means so much because the award carries the name of the Andersons. I’m very lucky to live next door to John and Marion (Anderson). The walks I take with them mean everything as John and Marion embody integrity.”

Sherry Lansing interviewed by Robert DowlingInside the Anderson Studio
In the evening’s featured event, Lansing spoke openly in a live interview with Hollywood Reporter publisher and editor Robert Dowling. Asked what advice she would give UCLA Anderson students considering a career in the film industry, she replied, “How would I guide today’s business students? They better love what the do, business can be wonderful but unpredictable, things might not always go well, so never give up. Enjoy the process, then the end results will come.

“The most important thing in any business is passion. From the time I was a child, I dreamed of being in the movie industry. No matter what business your in, if you don’t love it, you won’t succeed.”

Sherry Lansing receiving the ELM AwardMs. Lansing headed her own production company, Lansing Productions, which produced Paramount Pictures’ “Indecent Proposal.”  Prior to that, during her partnership with Stanley Jaffe, formed in 1983, Jaffe/Lansing Productions produced a variety of films for Paramount, among them “The Accused,” “Black Rain,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Racing With the Moon” and “School Ties.”  From 1980 to 1983, Ms. Lansing served as president of Production at 20th Century Fox.  She was the first woman to hold that position in the motion picture industry.  Prior to joining Fox, Ms. Lansing served as senior vice president at Columbia Pictures.

A member of the University of California Board of Regents, Ms. Lansing was named the 1996 Pioneer of the Year by the Foundation of the Motion Picture Pioneers.  In 1996, she became the first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.   Over the years, Ms. Lansing has received numerous honors for her talent and achievements, including the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, the Milestone Award from the Producers Guild of America, the Overcoming Obstacles Achievement Award for Business, the YWCA Silver Achievement Award, the Outstanding Woman in Business Award from the Women’s Equity Action League, the Distinguished Community Service Award from Brandeis University and the Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Memorial Award.  She also received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the American Film Institute.

UCLA Anderson’s Board of Visitors established the ELM Award in 1989 out of a unyielding belief that outstanding business leadership is essential to the well-being of the economy and, indeed, to society as a whole.  Through the award, the school aims to recognize business leaders for their exemplary achievements and to preserve their accomplishments as a standard for tomorrow’s leaders.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world.  Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.  UCLA Anderson constituents are part of a culture that values individual vision, intellectual discipline and a sense of teamwork and collegiality.

Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson School of Management provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs.  Recognizing that the school offers unparalleled expertise in management education, the world's business community turns to UCLA Anderson School of Management as a center of influence for the ideas, innovations, strategies and talent that will shape the future.

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