Ethical Leadership Award and Celebration

Call for Nominations
2021 Ethical Leadership Award

A combined project of the Fresno State Ethics Center and the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Goal: To inspire a passion for stewardship and ethical leadership in Fresno State students


  • The awardee should have substantial accomplishments of excellence in ethical leadership, stewardship, entrepreneurial innovation, and community engagement.  But the awardee need not be at the end of his/her career.
  • The awardee should have some tangible connection with Fresno, Fresno State, and the Central Valley, and the experience of diverse students at Fresno State.  But the awardee need not be a Fresno State Alum or a resident of the Central Valley.
  • The awardee should have a demonstrated ability to communicate a vision of ethics, leadership, and stewardship and be able to inspire our diverse students in concrete ways.

Past Honorees:

  • 2017: Richard Johanson, Chairman emeritus of the Fresno Business Council and Founder of Johanson Transportation
  • 2018: Jim Boren, former editor of the Fresno Bee and journalism professor at Fresno State
  • 2019: Luis Santana, Founding Director of Reading and Beyond, a non-profit dedicated to serving children and families 
  • 2020: Nikiko Masumoto, Farmer, Artist, and Cultural Organizer

To make a nomination (or self-nomination) follow this link:

2021 Ethical Leadership Nomination Form

Nomination deadline: July 19, 2021



Celebration of Ethics

Celebration of Ethical Leadership is presented by the Ethics Center in partnership with Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Better Business Bureau® Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties. 

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