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
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
SOURCE UCLA Anderson School of Management