John Wooden Global Leadership Awards

The John Wooden Global Leadership Awards


December 2, 2019



Relive 2018's Event Highlights


On an uncharacteristically rainy night in Hollywood, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings took the stage at the iconic Raleigh Studios. Joined by Susan Wojcicki ('98) of YouTube, Hastings told the audience of over 700 attendees,

"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."

In a dynamic interview, Hastings offered a glimpse of the weighty mind of a modern-day head honcho, weaving introspective anecdotes with charismatic off-the-cuff candor alongside moderator Susan Wojcicki (’98), CEO of YouTube.

Netflix’s legendary 100-slide culture deck — authored by Hastings — was once required reading at Google in Wojcicki’s early days there. She inquired as to Hastings’ motivation to codify his company’s culture. “We have a unique culture at Netflix, getting incredible people together and setting them free.”


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The 2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows


The recipients of the 2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowship are Jessica Barnette (FEMBA ’19), Leah Maddock Loh (EMBA ’19), Gerry Sims (FTMBA ’19), Ryan Tan (UCLA-NUS ’19). Jessica, Leah, Gerry and Ryan embody Coach Wooden’s inspiring leadership ideals and commitment to improving the lives of others.

Jessica Barnette
(MPH ’14, FEMBA ’19)

Wooden Fellow 2018

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Leah Maddock Loh
(MPH ’05, EMBA ’19)

Wooden Fellow 2018

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Gerry Sims

Wooden Fellow 2018

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Ryan Tan

Wooden Fellow 2018

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2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Honoree


Reed 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. He is married with two children.

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Reed Hastings

Founder and CEO, Netflix