Each year, UCLA Anderson presents the John Wooden Global Leadership Award and the 2012 recipient is Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo. In conjunction with the award, UCLA Anderson annually presents the John Wooden Leadership Fellowships. In 2012, for the first time, the school will award three fellowships. These deserving UCLA Anderson students will receive financial support, based on criteria that meet John Wooden's leadership philosophy. Funds are provided via net proceeds from the JWGLA award dinner.
Earlier this evening, UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian announced the recipients of the 2012 John Wooden Leadership Fellowships:
To the UCLA Anderson Community,
This year’s recipients of the John Wooden Global Leadership Award Fellowships are Aviva Altmann, MBA class of 2013, Karla Sarni, FEMBA class of 2013, and Juan Rose, EMBA class of 2013. Each of these students embodies the leadership qualities and values that Coach Wooden embraced and advocated.
Aviva Altmann, a double Bruin, is completing her first year in the full-time MBA program and pursuing certificates in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. She is currently an intern for FINCA International in Washington, DC, and formerly was a key contributor at Green Dot Public Schools, securing $10 million in grants to establish after-school programs. At Anderson she serves as Net Impact president, Challenge for Charity events director, Haskamp fundraising chair, and Orientation section leader for the incoming class of 2014.
Karla Sarni, currently completing her second year in the FEMBA program, is a legal assistant for the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association. She began her career as an enlisted soldier in U.S. Army Reserves' Judge Advocate General Corps at just 17 years old. She currently serves as vice president of the Anderson Latino Management Student Association, the vice president of the Anderson Military Club, and is an active member of several other clubs and professional societies. She is the co-founder of Cancer Libre, a breast cancer support group geared towards cancer education and fundraising.
Juan Rose, a first-year EMBA, is a commanding officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He currently leads the Instructional Training Company responsible for the safety and academic and physical training of over 15,000 Marines annually. Previously, he held a series of senior financial positions, both domestically and abroad, while in heavy combat regions.
Fellowship recipients were selected by a committee of faculty and staff from the MBA, FEMBA and EMBA programs, based on their record of leadership contributions, academic merit, and financial need. Each awardee brings deep and varied leadership experiences to the UCLA Anderson community, and their leadership values echo those of Coach John Wooden.
Please join me in extending hearty congratulations to Aviva, Karla and Juan on this special honor.
Judy Olian, Dean