The Innovate@UCLA Executive Leadership Award (ELA) recognizes the exceptional creation of value to achieve a company’s vision via application of innovative, forward thinking and disruptive technologies and operating models. The award is given to a CEO/Founder and CIO/CTO (or top Technology Executive) who has led and promoted the use of digital technology and expertise as a critical component of the company’s decisions, fueling improvements in brand and bottom line.
This year, the primary focus is on organizations that have excelled in the face of adversity, illustrating the power of innovation in times of uncertainty and ambiguity.
Nominating Your Company or Organization
If your company or organization is interested in being nominated for the 2021 ELA Awards, please complete and submit the nomination form below:
The selected senior executive and/or organization exemplifies leadership in the vision and use of technology to achieve outcomes through their ability to:
- Seek new innovative solutions creating a far more stimulating environment for change than during economically stable times
- Develop, communicate, and execute a strategic vision for the business that centers around technology as a critical advantage
- Leverage modernized, cutting edge technologies or proven technologies in an innovative or disruptive manner
- Maintain a track record of recognizing and successfully capitalizing on opportunities to utilize digital solutions/technologies
- Focus on delivering a differentiated, exceptional customer experience throughout the customer’s journey
Additionally, the selected Executives should:
- Be receptive to receiving the award
- Attend the Award Dinner on Thursday, 11/18/2021
- Lead a company or division of a larger company
- Reflect positively and prestigiously on UCLA and Innovate@UCLA
Starting in 2017, the ELA award was expanded to identify 4 distinct categories. Additional criteria for each award include:
- Enterprise Award
- Senior Executive awardee is typically C-level (i.e. CEO, CIO, CTO) but can be other Senior Executive title, leading a company or division of a larger company.
- Brand, customer experience and innovative technology are both paramount in the final award decision
- Size of company can be either Enterprise (over 1B in revenue) or Mid-Market (200M – 1B)
- Public Sector Award
- Senior Executive awardee is typically Public Official leader with large sphere of influence, contribution and presence to a Southern California technology community.
- Outcome focus can be varied whether on efficiency through government/city tech or focus on helping citizens and the community.
- Emerging Technology Award
- Senior Executive awardee is typically C-level, however given the infancy of these companies, the company leader can be other Senior Executive title by exception.
- Company has achieved product market fit and adoption as well as level of VC funding to support company viability to be considered in this category (typically 20M minimum Funding and/or 200M Revenue as minimum).
- Acquisitions are common within 3-5 year period of company start. These will be reviewed case by case against overall award criteria.
- Community Impact Award
- Senior Executive awardee is typically a non-profit officer who positively impacted their communities in ways that inspire integrity.
- Organizations that have made significant outreach efforts that serve to uplift the community, specifically by promoting strong principles, ethical leadership and honesty.
- Evidence of sustainable impact of their work
|Past Honorees||Organization||Year Honored|
|Sanford C. Sigoloff||Wickes Corporation||1987|
|John P. Singleton||Security Pacific Corporation||1988|
|Emil P. Martini, Jr.||Bergen Brunswig Corporation||1989|
|George H. Babikian||ARCO Products Company||1991|
|Thomas V. McKernan||Auto Club of Southern California||1992|
|Thomas E. Epley||Technicolor, Inc.||1993|
|Roger F. Greaves||Health Net||1994|
|Robert Rodin||Marshall Industries||1995|
|David M. Lawrence||Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.||1996|
|Edward C. Stone||Jet Propulsion Laboratories||1998|
|Sky Dayton||EarthLink Network, Inc.||1999|
|Patricia Wyatt||Fox Consumer Products||2000|
|Susan Kent||Los Angeles Public Library||2001|
|Angelo R. Mozilo||Countrywide Financial Corporation||2002|
|Leonard D. Schaeffer||Wellpoint Health Networks||2003|
|Robert A. Eckert||Mattel, Inc.||2004|
|John A. Clarke||Los Angeles Superior Court||2005|
|Alan J. Fohrer||Southern California Edison||2006|
|William J. Bratton||Los Angeles Police Department||2007|
|Alexis C. Livanos||Northrop Grumman Space Technology||2008|
|Tony Vinciquerra||Fox Networks Group||2009|
|Dean Scarborough||Avery Dennison||2010|
|Alan Buckelew||Princess Cruises||2011|
|John Molina||Molina Healthcare||2014|
|Gary Burnison||Korn Ferry||2015|
|Bryan Smith||American Homes 4 Rent||2016|
|John Wallace |
Mayor Eric Garcetti
|Deluxe Entertainment |
City of Los Angeles
|2017 Enterprise Award |
2017 Public Sector Award
2017 Entrepreneur Award
|Jeff Dailey |
|Farmers Group, Inc.|
County of Los Angeles
|2018 Enterprise Award |
2018 Public Sector Award
2018 Entrepreneur Award
|Dennis Gilmore |
|First American Financial |
County of Los Angeles
|2019 Enterprise Award |
2019 Public Sector Award
2019 Emerging Tech Award
LA County Health Agency
LA County Library
|2020 Enterprise Award|
2020 Public Sector Award
2020 Emerging Tech Award
2020 Community Impact Award