SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – September 3, 2007 – Hispanic Business magazine editor and publisher Jesús Chavarría announced that Dr. Jerry I. Porras, Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change, Emeritus, and Director of the Leading and Managing Change Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business,
will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the magazine's annual EOY Awards Gala. The EOY honors the top Hispanic entrepreneurs in the United States and will be held on Thursday, November 8, at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown and will feature 15 top Hispanic entrepreneurs in five industry-specific categories.
"Jerry Porras' life's work is innovative and exemplary in the U.S. Hispanic business community," said Chavarría. "His visionary approach to management success is a proven model in successful companies globally."
A student of organizational change, Porras has helped numerous clients around the world improve their organizational performance. As a lecturer on visionary companies he has delivered presentations to over 200 senior management audiences worldwide.
Porras has served on the editorial boards of many academic publications, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Business Review and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. In addition to more than 40 articles or reviews for leading publications, Porras has published three books on individual and organizational success.
Porras received his MFEE from Texas Western College, his MBA from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles. Among the honors he has received are the Brilliante Award from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, the Silver Apple Award from the Stanford Business School Alumni Association, and the Kanter Medal from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1972. Porras was named to Hispanic Business magazine's 2003 list of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics and is also the namesake of Stanford's Hispanic Business Students Association's Jerry I. Porras Award for Latino Leadership.
In addition to serving on the board of directors for several large and successful corporations, notably, Porras co-authored with Jim Collins the international bestseller, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies in 1994. Based on the results of an exhaustive six-year research project aimed at discovering the approaches and behaviors of 18 visionary companies of the past two centuries, Built to Last has been translated into 25 languages and sold more than one million copies worldwide. In 2006, with Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson, Porras co-authored, Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters. This book, based on interviews of 220 leaders that have made a significant and enduring impact on the world, identifies the common approaches they used to build their lives.
"Making a life is as important as making a living. This is not an either-or decision," wrote Porras in Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters. "You will hear this from most everyone who has enjoyed lasting success: entrepreneurs, government and religious leaders, artists and educators, single parents, social workers, Academy Award winners, carpenters, store managers, and billionaires."
Previous recipients of Hispanic Business magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award include Dionicio Morales, founder of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, in 2006; Alphonso Diaz, former top scientist at NASA, in 2005; Dr. Marta Tienda, the Maurice P. During '22 Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, in 2004.
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