Mattel CEO receives leadership award

On Monday, Culver City-based Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) presented Bob Eckert, chairman and CEO of Mattel, with its Community Leader Award at the foundation’s 65th Anniversary Gala.

“The recognition acknowledges Eckert’s leadership and ongoing commitment to shaping the development of generations of children, inspiring creativity and innovation, and for demonstrating what is possible through a world of play,” according to a statement from ECF.

The annual dinner will raise more than $1 million to support the many programs provided by ECF for children and adults with disabilities.

“ECF is thrilled to honor Mr. Eckert for his leadership in shaping the healthy development of generations of children,” said Scott Bowling, president and CEO of ECF.

 “Mr. Eckert and the exceptional team at Mattel demonstrate a level of commitment, creativity and innovation that truly sets an impressive standard. ECF’s staff and board members are so grateful to have such a committed and caring partner in Mattel.”

“It is an incredible honor for Bob to be recognized by such an outstanding and worthwhile organization,” said Deidre Lind, executive director of the El Segundo-based toy manufacturer’s philanthropy programs. “His caring and compassionate leadership drives Mattel’s continued focus on positively impacting children around the world, and allows us to fulfill our philanthropic mission of making a meaningful difference, one child at a time.”

With 15 program sites throughout Los Angeles County, ECF has helped thousands of children and adults with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities to live fuller, productive and more independent lives. It is the only organization of its kind in the state that provides a continuum of programs for people with special needs from cradle to grave. The foundation’s programs include Early Start, day activity programs, fine arts training, vocational training, supported employment, residential services and the Kayne Eras Center, which provides educational and therapeutic services for K?12 students. For more information, go to