LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber

Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award

The Herbert G. Klein Memorial LEADership Award is presented annually to a member of LEAD’s Impact class who has made significant leadership contributions to our community and has demonstrated the potential to effect further change upon graduation from the program.


IMPACT 2018 Herbert G. Klein memorial leadership Award Winner: Liliane Lendvai

A native of San Diego, Liliane Lendvai serves as the Operations Manager for Blair Search Partners, an executive search and recruiting firm serving nonprofit and public sector organizations. In addition to managing the firm’s daily business operations, she also works directly with clients and candidates to fill positions at the staff, director, and executive levels. Recent engagements she has supported include the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Eastlake Educational Foundation, and the San Diego Police Foundation.

Liliane began her career in technology, providing IT solutions for school districts throughout San Diego County, with clients such as the Rancho Santa Fe School District, the Cajon Valley Unified School District, and the San Marcos Unified School District.

Her current community engagement includes Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, LEAD San Diego, Lotus Credit Fund, San Diego Leadership Alliance, Women Give San Diego, and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. In addition, Liliane is a professional flautist and has taught both privately and for award-winning music programs in San Diego County for more than six years.

She received her B.A. with summa cum laude honors and holds an M.B.A. from California State University San Marcos, where she was the class valedictorian.


About Herbert G. Klein

Herbert G Klein

Herbert G. Klein (1918-2009) was the retired Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Copley Newspapers, and a national fellow of the American Enterprise Institute of Washington, D.C., a syndicated columnist and a public relations consultant. He enjoyed a unique career as a newspaperman, broadcast official, media consultant, a senior leader in the White House, and participated in five presidential campaigns. Published by Doubleday, his book Making It Perfectly Clear is acclaimed by critics for its hard-hitting definitive look at the love-hate relationship between the media and the presidents.

In California, Mr. Klein participated in numerous civic activities, ranging from Junior Chamber presidency in Alhambra to directorship in San Diego’s major community organizations. He served on the boards of directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Scripps Health Foundation, and the Foundation for the Children of the Californias.

Mr. Klein championed bringing major league sports to San Diego as a co-founder of San Diego’s Super Bowl Task Force and served on the boards of several athletic organizations, including the San Diego International Sports Council, San Diego National Sports Training Foundation, and the UC San Diego Athletic Board. In addition to board membership, he was past President and chairman of the Holiday Bowl year-end football game in San Diego. Mr. Klein was an honorary member of the Alhambra and San Diego Rotary clubs, a Kiwanis “fellow” and a Kiwanian in San Diego, and a member of San Diego’s University Club.


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