The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership engages the business and professional communities through these initiatives:
Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award
Recognized around the world for his ability to instill confidence and transmit his values to the on-court behavior of his players, former UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden was presented with the Ukleja Center's inaugural Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award in 2009. At UCLA, Wooden’s basketball teams won more national championships than any other – 10 over a 12-year period. His teams achieved the pinnacle of his Pyramid of Success, known as “Competitive Greatness.” The pyramid is a values-based system of leadership that transcends the basketball court and can be applied to personal and professional leadership realms.
The Ukleja Center’s Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award, along with a $10,000 check, is presented annually to a person or organization whose contribution to a relevant community – local, national, or global – is built on ethical behavior and visionary leadership. The goals of the award are to promote ethics in leadership, recognizing its application, and to honor a great couple whose lives epitomized the Ukleja Center's mission, vision, and values.
- The nominee obtains a substantial result from the demonstrated leadership practice, action or behaviors
- The practice, action, or behaviors exhibit a strong ethical component and values that reflect high standards
- The nominee demonstrates a clear commitment to ethical standards that benefit the relevant community
William Dickson Faculty Fellows
Thanks to a generous investment from Astro Aluminum Treating Company, the annual William Dickson Leader-in-Residence Program was launched in 2007. Through this program, the Ukleja Center invites a prominent business executive, government, or nonprofit leader to interact with our university community over the course of an academic year. Bringing an experienced leader to campus for an extended period of time allows program participants to learn about the full range of ethical leadership issues our leaders-in-residence have faced during the course of their careers. In addition, campus and community leaders get to explore how they manage the ethical aspects of their own leadership responsibilities.
Leaders-in-residence engage with the campus community in a variety of settings, from classroom presentations to informal discussions with small groups of students, faculty, and/or business leaders. These interactions enable members of the university community to enhance their understanding of ethical leadership, discover how these concepts are used in practice, and apply them within their own lives.
In 2010, the Leader-in-Residence became part of the center's William Dickson Faculty Fellows program, which engages top executives with the campus in exchange for a 3-year teaching appointment at our university. Now each Leader-in-Residence is part of a cohort, rather than standing on his/her own. By integrating these two programs, the synergy created has become greater than the sum of the parts.
William Dickson Leaders-in-Residence
2007-2008: Robert Lorber, President, Lorber Kamai Consulting Group
2008-2009: Patrick McClenahan, CEO, 2015 Special Olympics World Games
2009-2010: Richard Strozzi-Heckler, President, Strozzi Institute
2010-2011: Cynthia Stamper Graff, President and CEO, Lindora Clinic
2011-2012: Damon Dunn, Co-Founder and Partner, Tricor Corporation
2012-2013: Diana Hendel, CEO, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's Hospital, Community Hospital Long Beach
2013-2014: Rafer Johnson, Olympic Gold Medalist and California Special Olympics Founder
2014-2015: David Maggard, Jr., Chief of Police, City of Irvine
2015-2016: Justin Rudd, Founder, Community Action Team
2016-2017: Mary Zendejas, Executive Director and Founder, Professional Abilities Association of America
William Dickson Faculty Fellows
2008-2011: Robert Eckert, Former Chair of the Board and CEO, Mattel, Inc.
2008-2011: Beverly O’Neill, Former Mayor, City of Long Beach
2008-2009 and 2011-2013: Patrick McClenahan, CEO, 2015 Special Olympics World Games
2009-2010 and 2011-2012: Richard Strozzi-Heckler, President, Strozzi Institute
2010- 2013: Cynthia Stamper Graff, President and CEO, Lindora Clinic
2011- 2014: Damon Dunn, Co-Founder and Partner, Tricor Corporation
2012-2015: Diana Hendel, CEO, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's Hospital, Community Hospital Long Beach
2013-2016: Rafer Johnson, Olympic Gold Medalist and California Special Olympics Founder
2014-2017: David Maggard, Jr., Assistant Chief of Police, Office of Operations, Los Angeles World Airports
2015-2018: Justin Rudd, Founder, Community Action Team
2016-2019: Mary Zendejas, Executive Director and Founder, Professional Abilities Association of America