Umi Howard

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


Umi Howard 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.  He is also a lecturer and leadership facilitator through the McNulty Leadership 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.  He also led organizational development initiatives at United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and managed one of the organization’s grant portfolios. Umi’s intense passion for positive social impact and leadership development, and his experiences working in South Africa, Ecuador and the United States give him a unique perspective on leadership, which he brings to both the classroom and the numerous Philadelphia-area boards on which he serves. Umi is a graduate of Vassar College and received his Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He and his wife raise their four sons in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Tunisia Meek

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


Tunisia coordinates logistics and operations for the Lipman Family Prize. 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, helped to manage grant applications and reporting.  She also served as a Special Projects Coordinator at The Philadelphia Tribune where she co-managed 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 currently a member of the Steering Committee for the newly launched Philadelphia Black Giving Circle and hopes to continue her professional journey along the philanthropic path.


Jeff Klein

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).


Kate FitzGerald

Marketing Director
McNulty Leadership Program


Kate FitzGerald is a Director of Marketing & Communications for the Leadership Program and has been with Wharton for six years. Kate is responsible for all marketing and communications activities across the Center, Leadership Program, and the Lipman Family Prize. This includes development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan and overall brand identity for what will become the Wharton Global Leadership Institute. She oversees the ongoing maintenance of multiple media channels, including the Center and Program websites, the Leadership program social media presence 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 comes from a 15 year career in corporate marketing, with a focus in 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 husband Josh, and two young children, Erin and Brendan. In her “free time”, Kate is an avid runner, having completed four marathons and several sprint triathlons.