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Community Outreach

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership serves the business and professional communities through three major outreach initiatives:

Living Ethics Every Day

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership partners with the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to offer a half-day ethics seminar for business leaders called Living Ethics Every Day. The next seminar will be held from 7:15-9:45 a.m. on February 27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Mohamed El-Erian, PIMCO CEO and co-CIO, will deliver the keynote address and receive the Ukleja Center's Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award. The event will also feature a panel of business leaders discussing ethics in the workplace.  Click here to register for the seminar. For more information, please contact Jane Roeder.

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 inaugural Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership 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 value-based system of leadership that transcends the basketball court and can be applied to both the 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 leader who epitomizes the Ukleja Center's mission, vision, and values.

Award Criteria

  • 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.

Award Recipients
2009 - Coach John Wooden
2010 - Special Olympics Southern California
2011 - Ken Blanchard
2012 - Pat Haden
2013 - Governor George Deukmejian
2014 - Mohamed El-Erian

William Dickson Faculty Fellows

Thanks to a generous donation from the Dickson family, the annual William Dickson Leader-in-Residence Program was launched in October 2007.  Through this program, the Ukleja Center invites a prominent business executive, government official, or nonprofit organization leader to spend a week in residence at the university interacting with students, faculty, and community leaders.  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 that the leaders-in-residence have faced during the course of their careers.  In addition, campus and community leaders get to thoroughly explore how they manage the ethical aspects of their own leadership responsibilities.

Leaders-in-residence engage with CSULB students, faculty, and alumni with the aim of fostering an interdisciplinary leadership community at the university. They interact in a variety of settings, including formal classroom instruction, informal topical discussions with small groups of students and/or faculty, presentations to business leaders, and informal meetings with individuals.  Through these interactions, members of the university community can test their understanding of ethical leadership concepts, discover how these concepts are used in practice, and learn how to evaluate the relevance of research and theory in relation to the realities of responsible leadership. Click here to see one of our Leader-in-Residence programs in action.

Beginning in 2010, the Leader-in-Residence became part of the Ukleja Center’s William Dickson Faculty Fellows program.  CSULB President F. King Alexander asked the center to develop this program as a way of engaging top executives with the campus in exchange for a 3-year teaching appointment at our university.  By integrating these two programs, the synergy created has become greater than the sum of the parts.  Now each Leader-in-Residence is part of a cohort, rather than standing on his/her own.  Each spring, we offer an annual panel presentation and reception featuring all of our William Dickson Faculty Fellows and giving our Leader-in-Residence a prominent role. 

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

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