Board Chairman and CEO, Target

Brian Cornell (B.A. ’81, CERT ’91), board chairman and chief executive officer of Target, received the 2022 John Wooden Global Leadership Award in recognition of his visionary leadership, philanthropy, and career-long advocacy of diversity and inclusion in corporate leadership. In a ceremony featuring music and heartfelt tributes, Cornell encouraged the MBA students, faculty and fellow professionals in attendance, “Never lose focus on the importance of your values, your purpose and your principles.”

Martin Jarmond, UCLA’s Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics, spoke with him about the wisdom of approaching challenges as a team rather than unilaterally, whether on the playing field or the boardroom.

Dave Roberts
The annual award is named for legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden (1910–2010), and recognizes exceptional business leaders who exemplify Coach’s values. In a tribute to Wooden, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (B.A. ’95) said, “Coach Wooden gave us all a road map on how to lead, how to coach, how to live our lives. And there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t pull from what he taught us.”
“Successful leaders and companies in the future — they’re going to embrace the importance of building a great culture. I want to bring that positive energy to everything I do, to make sure my teams know they can count on me each and every day.”

—Brian Cornell

John Wooden Fellows Put Teams and Communities First

Oncologist Allen Chen (UCLA-NUS EMBA ’22), consultant and one-time basketball coach Samuel Fein (MBA ’23), convalescent care administrator Sonia Ly (EMBA ’23) and Amazon senior operations manager Nick Sharma (FEMBA ’23) earned UCLA Anderson’s John Wooden Leadership Fellowships in recognition of their talents and service.

The John Wooden Leadership Fellows


Open to students in the MBA, EMBA, FEMBA, UCLA NUS EMBA, MFE and MSBA programs. UCLA Anderson students are chosen when they demonstrate leadership styles that espouse ethics, team spirit, hard work and loyalty. Each applicant should possess an ability to manage change, have an unquenchable thirst for improvement, constant learning and innovation. Their experiences enrich the UCLA Anderson community, and their leadership values echo Coach Wooden's and his Pyramid of Success.

The John Wooden Global Leadership Awards

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Skirball Cultural Center
Event Highlights
Dave Roberts

Tribute to Coach Wooden by Dave Roberts (B.A. ’95), manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers


A Conversation with

Martin Jarmond, Director of Athletics at UCLA


2022 John Wooden Global Leadership Honoree

Brian Cornell (B.A. ’81, CERT ’91)

Board Chairman and CEO, Target