John Wooden Gives First Global Leadership Award to Starbucks' CEO Schultz

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz Honored with UCLA Anderson School

of Management's Inaugural John Wooden Global Leadership Award

May 29, 2008, 01:00 ET from UCLA Anderson School of Management

    LOS ANGELES, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the newly-launched John
 Wooden Global Leadership Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management and
 legendary coach and author John Wooden presented the inaugural John Wooden
 Global Leadership Award to Howard Schultz, Chairman, President and CEO of
 Starbucks (Nasdaq:   SBUX), last night at the Beverly Hilton.
     The celebration of leadership began with a candid conversation on the
 ethics and character traits necessary for leadership with Schultz and Coach
 Wooden. "Love is the strongest word in the English dictionary," said Coach
 Wooden, when asked about what he thought made a great leader. "I never
 liked my players all the same and they certainly shouldn't be treated all
 the same, but I truly loved them all the same. A great leader shows that
 they really care for each and everyone on the team."
     The 500+ attendees included UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of
 Visitors, alumni, faculty, students, business community leaders, as well as
 friends and family members of Howard Schultz and Coach Wooden. "We live in
 a world that demonstrates such a fracturing of humanity," said Schultz. "At
 Starbucks, we serve a great cup of coffee by building a company with soul.
 I am truly humbled with this award and I will do my best to live up to the
 convictions of a leadership quality that Coach Wooden strongly represents."
     Coach Wooden's fame as an author, philosopher and motivational speaker
 has enhanced his record as the most winning college basketball coach in
 history. Wooden has spoken at conferences around the globe, presented his
 leadership philosophy to many of the world's major corporations and their
 leaders, and been honored by numerous institutions and heads of state. This
 award, Wooden says, "Represents my conviction that character is more
 important than any other leadership trait."
     "Howard Schultz is an inspiring choice for this award as he embraces
 Coach Wooden's leadership ideals and values and has led his company to
 become one of the most respected brands around the world," said Judy Olian,
 Dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management, as she presented the award to
 Schultz. "It is an honor to present this first-ever John Wooden Global
 Leadership Award to one of the most influential business leaders of today."
     Each year, one exceptional leader will be honored with this prestigious
 award for his or her exemplary leadership and service to the community.
 Proceeds from the dinner will fund John Wooden Leadership Fellowships,
 awarded annually to two UCLA Anderson MBA students who have displayed
 value-based leadership.
     UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business
 schools in the world, providing management education to more than 1,700
 students enrolled in full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs, as
 well as specialized master's and doctoral programs.
Contact: David Langness 310-566-3621 Diana Greenwood 310-206-7537

SOURCE UCLA Anderson School of Management