About Us

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize is made possible through a generous gift from Barry and Marie Lipman and reflects their strong commitment to socially responsible organizations and action. The Prize is administered by the University of Pennsylvania through the Wharton School and engages faculty, staff, and students from across the University.

The work of the Prize resides within the McNulty Leadership Program and is conducted with the support of other university institutes and centers, such as the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, the Center for Leadership & Change Management, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and the Master of Science Program in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership.

“Our goals for the prize are to expand the benefits of social impact organizations using competition to identify and reward excellence, to inspire Penn students to enter the field, and to facilitate the transfer of successful methods of operation to other organizations.”

Barry Lipman, W ’70

Barry & Marie Lipman

Barry and Marie Lipman have served their San Francisco community as philanthropists, board members, and volunteers deeply involved in the social sector for more than 25 years. With sweat equity and strategic leadership they both have contributed directly to the sustainable growth of several nonprofits in the Bay Area. The Homeless Prenatal Program and San Francisco Zoological Society are just two groups benefitting from the Lipmans’ generous support.

A commitment to the greater social good is what led Barry, W’70, and Marie to create this prize. The global nature of the prize and its focus on knowledge dissemination align perfectly with the institutional assets and goals of the University of Pennsylvania. It is here, at Barry’s alma mater, they are building a lasting legacy of societal contribution through collective learning.

Penn’s Tradition of Service

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize takes its place in a rich tradition of innovative leadership and service at Penn — a tradition rooted in the founding visions of both the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School.
In 1740, Benjamin Franklin founded the College of Philadelphia, which subsequently became the University of Pennsylvania, as an institution dedicated to education for citizenship and service. The development, “of an inclination joined with an ability to serve” was, for Franklin “the great aim of an end of all learning,” as well as the mission he set for Penn.

In 1881, Joseph Wharton founded the world’s first collegiate school of business at Penn with a similar focus. Graduates of the Wharton School would become “pillars of the state, whether in public or private life.”

Both Ben Franklin and Joseph Wharton also believed that knowledge was to be useful and produce, in Wharton’s words, “solutions to the social problems inherent to our civilization.”

Through the Lipman Family Prize, the University of Pennsylvania continues to realize its potential to promote dialogue and discovery across disciplines and to “bring the benefits of Penn’s research, teaching, and service to individuals and communities at home and around the world.

Steering Committee & Staff

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for the Barry and Marie Lipman Family Prize includes Barry Lipman, the founder of the Prize, as well as faculty and staff from across the University of Pennsylvania, chosen for their expertise and experience in the areas of business and non-profit leadership and cross-sector collaboration. They are deeply invested in thinking carefully about how best to activate the University of Pennsylvania’s vast resources in service of change-makers, and how to meaningfully partner with the broader social sector at large.

They represent the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the Center for Leadership and Change Management, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the School of Social Policy & Practice, and the Wharton School.


Barry Lipman

Former Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman
Founder, Lipman Family Prize


Barry began his professional career in 1975 as an attorney. In 1981, he was a founding partner in Goldfarb & Lipman. His area of expertise was real estate, particularly housing. His clientele included developers and non-profit sponsor organizations, and he was a pioneer in creating and employing unique legal structures to make housing available and affordable to families, the disabled, seniors, and low-and-moderate income owners and tenants. Among the legal structures were the limited equity cooperative, the multi-use vertical subdivision, the live-work unit, and the tax-free or tax-deferred transfer of a residence to housing that included life-care.

In the mid-1990s, Barry transitioned from the law to becoming an investor/philanthropist deeply involved in the social sector. He has contributed to the sustainable growth of several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area and other locales, while serving as a board director to three for-profit and four non-profit entities. The Homeless Prenatal Program, the San Francisco Zoo, the UCSF Medical Center, and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City are among the organizations that have benefited from his support.

In the early 2000’s, Barry wanted to promote and assist those areas of the social sector that found it difficult to attract private capital and governmental assistance. While continuing to support his preferred cultural institutions and his children’s schools, Barry searched for organizations in which neither he nor his family could receive a direct or indirect benefit other than personal satisfaction for having helped them achieve their goals. With that motivation, in 2010 Barry entered into discussions with the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School to create a prize for the benefit of the social sector. The outcome was the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize, and the first Honorees were chosen in 2012.

Today, the Lipman Family Prize has evolved to what Barry had originally envisioned. It has become a significant means for rewarding and inspiring positive social impact among social sector organizations worldwide, and faculty, students and many others at Penn. It is fully endowed with the intent to sustain and expand positive social impact for as long as necessary.

Barry and his wife Marie love to travel. According to the Travelers Century Club, they have visited and experienced more than one hundred countries. Their goal is to visit as many more as possible in their lifetimes.

Barry is a 1970 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1975 graduated from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California.

Elyse Lipman

Chief Strategy Officer
Lipman Family Farms


Elyse currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Lipman Family Farms, North America’s largest supplier of tomatoes and fresh produce. In her role, she assesses how emerging technologies and shifting business trends are transforming current and potential markets, and in turn how to position Lipman for growth. She is the fourth generation of Lipman family members to join the company, and the first woman on the Lipman executive leadership team.

Prior to joining Lipman Family Farms, Elyse led the World Economic Forum’s programme on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Elyse curated projects and content for the Forum’s emerging technology agenda, which included technologies such as blockchain and the internet of things, and mobilized the Forum’s multi-stakeholder community to address the challenges for emerging technologies to benefit society. Her work spanned global markets, concentrating on the US, China, and Europe with the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and Annual Meeting of New Champions in Tianjin, China. She was also named a WEF Global Leadership Fellow and a System’s Leader for Public-Private Cooperation.

Previously, Elyse built her career in journalism, most prominently as a Photo Editor for National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C. The Lipman Prize has long been an inspiration, and continues to fuel her work to achieve positive social change. Elyse earned her BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Journalism from New York University. She earned her MBA in Innovation Management from Wharton.

Lipman Family Prize Steering Committee

Doug Bauer

Penn Lecturer of Urban Studies
Executive Director, Clark Foundation


Doug Bauer is the Executive Director of the Clark Foundation in New York City. The Clark Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in New York State through a variety of grantmaking and operating programs. Doug was previously the Senior Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) where he lead RPA’s Strategic Initiatives Team. He also served as Vice President at Goldman Sachs and President of the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, the firm’s charitable giving vehicle.

From 1997 to 2000, Doug was Director of Community Partnership at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Executive Director of the SmithKline Beecham Foundation, where he focused on community-based health care around the world. From 1992 to 1996, he was a Program Officer for Culture at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and from 1988 to 1992, he managed the Scott Paper Company Foundation. Doug’s opinions and ideas on philanthropy have been featured in the Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Contribute, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Post and on CNBC. He also co-authored with Steven Godeke, Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear; Mission-Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees. Doug chairs the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and the Support Center of Nonprofit Management and serves on boards or committees for the Carbon Disclosure Project (UK), Children’s Health Fund and New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG).

Doug is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a M.S. from Penn and a M.J. from Temple University.


Umi Howard

Senior Director, McNulty Leadership Program
Former Director, The Lipman Family Prize

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Umi joined the Wharton School in 2011 to establish and serve as Director of the Lipman Family Prize, an annual global competition that celebrates leadership and innovation in the social sector with an emphasis on impact and transferability of practices. As of January 2018, he has taken a new position as Senior Director of the McNulty Leadership Program. Umi is responsible for developing and executing an external strategy for Wharton’s leadership initiatives, in partnership with Wharton Executive Education and Wharton External Affairs.  Key components of the strategy include the stewardship of key donors, development of corporate and foundation partnerships, and the design of executive and public programs in support of the School’s revenue-generating and philanthropic goals.  He also leads our portfolio of civic leadership programs, including the Lipman Family Prize, the Lipman Fellows Program, and the Nonprofit Board Fellows Program.

Prior to joining Wharton, Umi spent fifteen years working in the social impact sector in a variety of roles, including running a social enterprise, organizational consulting, curriculum design and instruction, philanthropy and board service. Umi is a graduate of Vassar College and received his Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Jeff Klein

Executive Director, McNulty Leadership Program
Lecturer, Management Department
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Jeff Klein is the director of the Wharton Graduate Leadership Program and the Wharton Leadership Ventures and a lecturer in the Management Department of the Wharton School. In this role, he is responsible for the portfolio of curricular and co-curricular leadership development programs available to Wharton MBA students and for the leading the creation of the Wharton Global Leadership Institute. Jeff works with hundreds of MBA students and executive clients every year. As a lead Venture Instructor, he supports multiple expedition-based experiential leadership programs each academic year.

Recently, Jeff’s passions and interests have led him to the study of cross-sector collaborations that create sustainable economic and social wealth. He teaches two graduate-level courses at the University of Pennsylvania — Transformational Reasoning and The New Leadership Frontier — which examine the historical and current context of cross-sector collaboration. Jeff has also begun a doctorate in Educational Leadership to further ground his studies and these practice-based courses in interdisciplinary theory.

Jeff graduated with honors from both the Wharton School (MBA, Entrepreneurial Studies) and Penn State University (BS, Finance; BA, Media Studies).


Katherina Rosqueta

Executive Director, Center for High Impact Philanthropy
University of Pennsylvania


Katherina M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. Before accepting her appointment at the Center in the Spring of 2006, Kat was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining McKinsey, Kat worked in community development, nonprofit management, and venture philanthropy. She has held numerous volunteer and civic leadership positions including board president of La Casa de las Madres (San Francisco’s oldest and largest shelter for battered women and their children); chair of the United Way’s Bay Area Week of Caring; and co-founder and executive committee member of the Women’s MBA Network. She currently serves as an advisor to Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, and on the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee.

Her work and comments have been cited in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, and Miami Herald. She has lectured at the Wharton School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of California Haas School of Business, and the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management.

Kat received her BA cum laude from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Mike Useem

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management
Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management
Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Michael Useem, the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, is director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive MBA courses on leadership and change, and he offers programs on leadership, teamwork, governance, and decision making for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He also works on leadership development and governance with many companies and organizations in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

He is the author of The Leadership Moment; Investor Capitalism; andThe Go Point: When It’s Time to Decide. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes, and co-author of The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders Are Revolutionizing Management.


The Prize is managed by a staff with extensive experience in the nonprofit and leadership sectors.

Euria Min

Director, The Lipman Family Prize
McNulty Leadership Program
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Euria is the Director of the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize and Lipman Fellows Program. She oversees the strategy and execution of the annual global social impact competition and partnerships with the wide Lipman Prize community of honorees organizations, nonprofit partners, philanthropic partners, reviewers and selection committee and steering committee members, fellow alumni, and University partners. She also leads the interdisciplinary year-long Lipman Fellows program which engages graduate students from across the University in a learning community immersed in the social sector through the philanthropic process, and in their individual leadership development.

Euria previously served as the Director of Operations for the Fels Institute of Government, Penn’s Master of Public Administration program. Prior to that role, she served as the Director of Operations for the Robert. A. Fox Leadership Program in the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn, helping students identify, develop, and apply their unique skills and passion through developmental research or public service fellowship opportunities and learning trips, both domestically and internationally.

Euria graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in Global Studies, and received her Master’s in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach. Euria grew up in Chicago and Los Angeles, and now calls Philadelphia home. She aims to be active in the Philadelphia community with her broad range of interests and passions, and has engaged in various volunteer capacities such as serving as judge of elections for her neighborhood polling place, an associate board member for Covenant House PA, community panelist with the district attorney’s office juvenile justice diversion program, and the American Red Cross disaster action response team. She also currently serves as a deaconess at her church in Chinatown. Euria currently lives in the East Kensington neighborhood with her husband, daughter, and rambunctious cat.

Tunisia Meek

Program Manager, The Lipman Family Prize
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Tunisia co-manages the logistics and operations for the Lipman Family Prize and Lipman Fellows Program. Prior to joining Wharton, Tunisia worked at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where she provided administrative and operational support for the Education Team in the Impact Department, reviewed grant applications and handled reporting. She also served as a Special Projects Coordinator at The Philadelphia Tribune where she co-run special events.

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Tunisia stayed in her hometown for higher education receiving her Bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University. She is a founding Steering Committee member of the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle and hopes to continue her professional journey along the philanthropic path.

Umi Howard

Umi Howard

Senior Director
McNulty Leadership Program


Umi joined the Wharton School in 2011 to establish and serve as Director of the Lipman Family Prize, an annual global competition that celebrates leadership and innovation in the social sector with a dual emphasis on impact and the transferability of practice.

Since January 2019, he has served as Senior Director of the McNulty Leadership Program. There, he is responsible for oversight of the organization’s strategy development and revenue generation work, executed in partnership with Wharton Executive Education, Wharton External Affairs, faculty partners, major donors, and other key stakeholder groups. He also leads MLP’s portfolio of civic leadership programs. A Lecturer at Wharton’s Management Department, he has taught a graduate level course on social impact interventions.

Prior to joining Wharton, Umi spent fifteen years working in a variety of roles, including running a social enterprise, organizational consulting, curriculum design and instruction and philanthropic administrator. For nearly two decades, Umi has served on nonprofit boards and advisory groups focused on social justice and diversity, equity and inclusion issues. His current work in that arena includes a signature initiative at MLP, sponsored by Deloitte, combining original research and program development to improve team inclusiveness. Umi is a graduate of Vassar College and received his Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.


Kate FitzGerald

Marketing Director
McNulty Leadership Program


Kate FitzGerald is a Director of Marketing & Communications for the McNulty Leadership Program and has been with Wharton since 2007. Kate is responsible for all marketing and communications activities across the Center, McNulty Leadership Program, and the Lipman Family Prize. This includes development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan and overall brand identity. She oversees the ongoing maintenance of multiple media channels, including the Center and Program websites, the McNulty Leadership and Lipman Prize social media presences and the photography and video creation needed to promote the brand and programs..

Kate holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of San Diego and an M.A. in Marketing and Advertising from Emerson College. She is graduating in May of 2020 with a Masters in Science of Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Kate comes from a 20+ year career in corporate marketing, with a focus on identity branding and messaging. Prior to coming back to her home base of Philadelphia, she spent several years living in Europe and Asia. Kate lives outside of Philadelphia and cherishes her time with her two children, Erin and Brendan. In her “free time”, Kate is an avid runner, having completed five marathons and many sprint triathlons.

Lipman Fellows Program

Lipman Fellows are invaluable members of the Lipman Family Prize community. Through the year-long fellowship, the Lipman Family Prize invests in nurturing the next generation of social impact leaders. We believe that direct experience getting immersed in learning about those driving innovative change on the frontlines will enable students to better understand and uproot complex social problems throughout their professional lives. Our commitment to student learning and leadership is setting the stage for future innovation. Our student fellows are building a network of relationships and resources that they’ll take with them wherever they go, and apply to whichever cause they champion next.


Please note: Our next application cycle will be in August 2022.

A Unique Opportunity for Students

 Organizations applying to the Prize are working on universally experienced social challenges in public health, educational equality, economic development and beyond. Each year, students have opportunities to help refine the execution of the Prize and its ability to leverage the many Penn resources to support the work of world-class social sector organizations. Lipman Fellows support the selection of the Prize honorees and develop their leadership skills while learning about the social sector. With the guidance and support from Penn staff and key partners, student fellows from across the University review applications, analyze data, prepare materials for the Prize Committee, meet with the leaders of honoree organizations, and participate in the annual awards ceremony


The 12-16 fellows participate for a full academic year between late September and May. This is an intensive learning community experience that requires on average 5-7 hours of work per week, several mandatory weekend trainings, and weekly meetings throughout the year. The months of October, November, February and March are typically the busiest.


Any current graduate student who is studying at the University of Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia main campus is eligible, including students in one-year programs and first and second year MBAs. We do not require previous experience with nonprofits, philanthropy or social enterprises. Regardless of past work experience, fellows must demonstrate a current interest in the social sector and in their personal leadership development.

The Experience

The goals of this fellowship is for students to learn about the social sector through the philanthropic process, immerse themselves in a learning community, and invest in their leadership development. The Lipman Fellows’ team structure offers students the chance to explore the leadership dimensions of communication, teamwork, group decision-making and emotional intelligence while employing technical skills like data analysis and project management. The multidisciplinary composition of the Lipman Fellow community allows students to collaborate and challenge themselves in a safe learning environment.

Lipman Fellows Experience Series

Get to know some of our Lipman Fellows in the videos below!
View the rest of the Lipman Fellows Experience Series HERE!

2019 Lipman Fellows Experience

Jenny Kim | 2019 Lipman Fellow

Adamseged Abebe | 2018 Lipman Fellow

Cynthia Degros | 2019 Lipman Fellow

Meet our 2021 Lipman Fellows

Alfred Guo

School of Dental Medicine, 2022
School of Law, 2022


Alfred Guo is currently a DMD/ML candidate at The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine and School of Law. He is part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program with the Air Force and plans to serve after graduation. Previously, he has worked as a program coordinator for the dental school and organized college readiness activities for talented first-generation high school students.

Additionally, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Anthropology in 2018. He currently serves as President of the Penn Chinese Dental Association.

Amrita Sridhar Narayanan

Graduate School of Education, 2021


Amrita is pursuing her Master of Science in Education degree through the International Educational Development program at the Graduate School of Education. Prior to Penn studies, she earned her Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics) with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in December 2019. She worked as a content engineer for EdTech company, Koobits, and coded over 150 programs, which generated a minimum of 3,000 secondary 2 math syllabus questions with unique diagrams. She also wrote competitor and market analyses of 18 top firms and 22 countries.

Furthermore, she was the Vice President of NTU Photo-Videographic Society, Business Manager of NTU Model United Nations, and volunteers for a youth corps leader program.

Celiwe Vuyo Kawa

The Wharton School, 2022


Celiwe is currently a Wharton MBA candidate who graduated from Oxford University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Civil Law and the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. Prior to joining Wharton she worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of the Non-Profit Organization Kwanele Enuf Foundation from 2015-2020.

She also volunteers for various youth offending programs as a social security community panel member.

Cindy Reyes

College of Arts & Sciences and School of Social Policy and Practice, 2021


Cindy attends the dual degree program in the College of Arts & Sciences and School of Social Policy and Practice where she seeks a B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Social Policy. She has worked as a web communications student worker for the Wharton Public Policy Initiative and a development and communications intern for the Public Interest Law Center.

Additionally, she is involved with student groups such as Penn for Immigration Rights, Penn Urban Leadership Program, PennCorp, and is a fluent spanish speaker.

Emily Seeburger

Perelman School of Medicine, 2022


Emily is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Perelman School of Medicine. Previously, she worked as a research analyst for the Center City District of Philadelphia where she analyzed governmental and proprietary data. She is currently the senior research coordinator at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy where she works on COVID-19 projects. She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from St. Joseph’s University in 2017.

Plus, she is a board member for Philly Set Go Political Action Committee and Back on My Feet Philadelphia.

Fortunay Diatta

Perelman School of Medicine, 2022


Fortunay Diatta is a MD & Master of Bioethics candidate who graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. Science & B.A. Philosophy in May, 2015. He has done research with the University of Pennsylvania, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy & Neurology Department. During his research, he investigated the design, molecular cloning, and in vitro testing of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells with different affinities for brain cancer cells.

Furthermore, he is a COVID-19 medical student volunteer, event coordinator for the Penn bioethics student group, and mentorship chair for Penn plastic surgery interest group.

Kaustubh Singhal

The Wharton School, 2021


Kaustubh Singhal is currently a Wharton MBA candidate in Strategic Management & Business Analytics. Previously, he worked as an associate and senior analysis for A.T. Kearney in Mumbai, India/Dubai, and UAE. During this time, he helped set up a corporate governance process and impact tracking methodology for two $10 billion companies in Luxembourg and Saudi Arabia.

Kaustubh also graduated from the Trinity School of Music London and was the recipient for 6 of the institution’s awards.

Kelly Diaz

Annenberg School for Communication, 2023


Kelly Diaz is pursuing a Ph.D. in communications with a research focus on activism, communication, and social justice. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s of International Affairs in 2017. Before coming to the Annenberg School for Communication, she served as a liaison between City Hall and the Hoboken Housing Authority for AmeriCorps VISTA, City of Hoboken.

Additionally, she is the President for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) at The University of Pennsylvania and a reading coach for kindergarten students in West Philadelphia.

Kish Greene

The Wharton School, 2022


Kish is a Wharton MBA candidate in Strategic Management. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Before Wharton, he was a Management Consultant and devised strategies to help healthcare providers reach more people.

Kish is passionate about health and wellness. In 2017, he co-founded a non-profit that helped people in under-resourced communities live healthier lives.

Michael Nelson

The Wharton School, 2022


Presently, Michael is a Wharton MBA candidate. He graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 2016. Since graduating, he has worked for Deloitte Consulting LLP, Government & Public Services Practice as an analyst, consultant, and senior consultant. He built an analytics solution which helped governments address opioid and COVID health crises.

Furthermore, he has done over 1,000 hours of volunteer work for pro bono coaching and consulting advising for youth-focused organizations since 2016.

Ranjana Chandramouli

The Wharton School, 2022


Ranjana is a Wharton MBA candidate who graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2014. She led coordination for multiple plant shutdowns needed to implement continuous improvement projects and maintain equipment reliability as a Senior Process Control Engineer for Eli Lilly and Company.

Plus, she volunteers bi-monthly at Second Helpings for food rescue in Indianapolis and organized an engineering program so over 100 elementary school girls could learn about engineering.

Xaviera Diaz

College of Liberal & Professional Studies, 2021


Xaviera Diaz is pursuing her Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree and holds a BASc from Quest University Canada, specializing in Neuroscience & Organizational Behavior. Alongside pursuing her Masters, Xaviera is a people strategy professional and works as the Manager of Talent Acquisition Strategy, EVP & Employer Brand at OMERS, a global pension plan. Her work experience spans across finance and government industries with a focus on creating positive impact at work. She also enjoys participating in technology and digital innovation hackathons, connecting-the-dots with teams across multiple skill sets to achieve a common goal.

On the side, Xaviera is developing a not-for-profit digital platform, enabling young adults and new immigrants with access to information often considered overwhelming but critical for success (i.e. financial literacy).

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