The Leadership Center



Jeff Klein

Jeff Klein is the Executive Director of the Wharton Leadership Program and a Lecturer at The Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

As Executive Director, Jeff is responsible for the portfolio of curricular and co-curricular leadership development programs available to Wharton Undergraduates and fulltime and executive MBA students, and for directing the School’s efforts to create the Wharton Global Leadership Institute. He teaches an interdisciplinary graduate level course at the University of Pennsylvania, Leadership and Social Change; supervises multiple Field Application Projects; and delivers a variety of workshops, seminars, and conferences for students, managers, and executives. Jeff also chairs the Steering Committee for the Lipman Family Prize, an annual $125,000 social sector award launched in 2011.

In addition, Jeff designs and delivers leadership workshops and courses for executive clients through Wharton Executive Education. As a Learning Director, Jeff leads two weeklong executive courses, Creating and Leading High Performing Teams and The Leadership Edge: Strategies for New Leaders. He also worked with a variety of corporate, nonprofit, and governmental clients, including Alcoa, AXA, the City of Philadelphia, Deloitte, FINRA, iDE, Komaza, Merrill Lynch, the Mt. Rainier Institute, the National Outdoor Leadership School, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, the Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership, Toyota, the United Nations, and Vanguard.

Jeff is an honors graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA) and Penn State University (B.A., B.S.), and is currently a doctoral student studying educational leadership. Prior to his current career as a scholar and practitioner, Jeff held a variety of financial roles at AT&T and its cable unit, AT&T Broadband, concluding his career as a product CFO and the Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Throughout his life, Jeff has grown his appreciation for authentic, creative leadership supported by thoughtful analysis and a willingness to learn through action and reflection.

He serves as a board member for the Philadelphia chapter of Summer Search, a Strategic Advisor to the Global Partnerships Forum, and a member of the Leadership Development Committee for the Pig Iron Theatre Company. Jeff is married to Heidi, with whom he has two kind and rambunctious children, Samantha and Jakob. He loves the outdoors, live music, his family and friends, and a bunch of other stuff (notably his dog, Rocket, and his cat, Rosie).