UCLA Anderson School of Management Honors Netflix Co-Founder and CEO Reed Hastings
Los Angeles (November 30, 2018) - UCLA Anderson School of Management honored Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings with the 2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Award on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at a gala dinner held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California.
The award is named for legendary UCLA basketball coach, author and leadership expert John Wooden (1910–2010). It is presented each year to an exceptional U.S. business leader whose leadership style and service to the community reflect the same high standards of performance, integrity and ethical values set by Wooden.
“Reed Hastings has demonstrated leadership that is fueled by fundamental values ― integrity, excellence, respect and collaboration,” said UCLA Anderson Interim Dean Al Osborne. “In the two decades since he co-founded Netflix, Reed has disrupted the status quo and led a revolution in the way entertainment is created and shared all over the world.”
In an onstage discussion with Susan Wojcicki (’98), YouTube CEO, Hastings commented on his award and lessons from Coach Wooden. “To be a great leader you need to be a great person — trying to being the best person you can be. It’s all about working on yourself.”
Lynn Shackelford (B.A. ’69), former professional basketball player and broadcaster who played under Coach Wooden, won seven varsity letters in three years in basketball, baseball and golf, and was one of only four players to have started on three NCAA championship teams, made a special appearance. Remembering his experience on the UCLA team, he remarked, “Coach always preached that what made him different as a coach was his emphasis on effort, not results. He practiced what he preached.”
Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997. In 1991, he founded Pure Software, which made tools for software developers. After a 1995 IPO and several acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997. Hastings is an active educational philanthropist and served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations, including KIPP, Pahara and the City Fund. Hastings is also a board member of Facebook and was on the board of Microsoft from 2007 to 2012. He received his B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1983 and an MSCS in artificial intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Hastings served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland.
Previous John Wooden Global Leadership honorees include: Kevin Plank (chairman and CEO, Under Armour); W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr. (retired chairman, president and CEO, The Boeing Company); Ursula Burns (chairman and CEO, Xerox); Paul E. Jacobs (executive chairman, Qualcomm); Robert Iger (chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company); Indra Nooyi (chairman and CEO, PepsiCo); Peter Ueberroth (managing director, Contrarian Group, and president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee); Frederick Smith (president and CEO, FedEx); Kenneth Chenault (chairman and CEO, American Express Company), and Howard Schultz (chairman, president and CEO, Starbucks).
Net proceeds from the annual event support fellowships for UCLA Anderson students who embody Coach Wooden’s leadership ideals and commitment to improving the lives of others. Each of the four 2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows receives a $25,000 fellowship.
Left to right: Jessica Barnette (MPH ’14, FEMBA ’19), Leah Maddock Loh (MPH ’05, EMBA ’19), Reed Hastings, Susan Wojcicki (’98), Gerry Sims (MBA ’19), Ryan Tan (UCLA-NUS EMBA ’19)
The recipients of the 2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowship are:
As the most successful coach in U.S. men’s college basketball history, Wooden left a legacy of leadership that transcends athletics and spans generations. As a coach, prolific author and inspiring speaker, he dedicated his life to motivating people to achieve their highest potential. Wooden instilled in others a sense of pride, a commitment to ethics and a respect for teamwork. UCLA Anderson extends these fundamental principles — the blocks in Wooden’s famous Pyramid of Success — into the classroom through the John Wooden Global Leadership Program. For more information about the John Wooden Global Leadership Award, fellowships and UCLA Anderson School of Management, visit www.anderson.ucla.edu.
About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, Master of Science in Business Analytics, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think in the Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.
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