On November 2, the John Wooden Global Leadership Award, presented annually by UCLA Anderson, will be given to W. James McNerney, Jr., retired chairman, CEO and president of The Boeing Company. The award recognizes exemplary corporate leadership and service to the community by a professional whose career embodies the leadership ideals of Coach Wooden, with proceeds from the dinner funding four $25,000 John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowships.
This year’s ceremony will be held at the California Science Center and features an on-stage conversation between McNerney and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Michael Hiltzik. During Hiltzik’s three decades with the Los Angeles Times, he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, a technology writer and editor, and a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia. He currently serves as the Times’s business columnist and hosts its business blog, The Economy Hub.
Hiltzik earned the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. His other awards for excellence in reporting include the 2004 Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding business commentary and the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association for outstanding legal reporting. His books include New York Times best-seller Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century (2010), The New Deal: A Modern History (2011), The Plot Against Social Security (2005), Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age (1999) and A Death in Kenya: The Murder of Julie Ward (1991).
His latest book, Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex, details the untold story of how science went “big,” built the bombs that helped win World War II and became dependent on government and industry — and the figure behind the movement, UC Berkeley scientist Ernest O. Lawrence.
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The 2016 John Wooden Global Leadership Award honors W. James McNerney, Jr., retired chairman, CEO and president of The Boeing Company. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at the California Science Center, starting at 6:00 p.m. Business attire is required. For event and ticket information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the event fund fellowships for four UCLA Anderson students who are being awarded John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowships. This year’s recipients are Doug Larratt (EMBA ’17), Corey McMillen (’17), Datra Oliver (FEMBA ’18) and Eric Potocek (FEMBA ’18).