Mark Lipton is graduate professor of management at The New School in New York City. For over forty years, he has been a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 corporations, think tanks, philanthropies, not-for-profits, and start-ups.
His diverse entrepreneurial client base includes founders of transformative start-ups in technology, manufacturing, media, education, health care, finance, and marketing. His coaching skills and leadership development programs are engaged by C-level executives across all sectors of the economy, and his development of corporate and nonprofit boards allows them to govern more effectively. In the not-for-profit realm, he has consulted to and led leadership development initiatives for organizations ranging from multibillion-dollar philanthropic game-changers to local community-based social service providers to the world’s largest international NGOs. Much of his work to infuse progressive leadership practices into the NGO and not-for-profit world has been made possible by significant grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, Mott, and Charles H. Revson Foundations, among others.
Currently, in addition to his professorship at The New School, Mark’s consulting practice is focused exclusively on serving CEOs and boards of directors. In addition, he leads eminence and content strategy for Deloitte’s Chief Executive Program (since 2015).
His work over the years as a consultant and professor has inspired his writing for such publications as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Journal of Management Consulting, as well as his previous book, Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course (Harvard Business School Press, 2003). A leading authority on the founders’ dilemma, the strong and often dysfunctional psychological forces that organizational founders experience when they are pressured to step down, Mark has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s Marketplace to discuss CEO transitions in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. In addition, he is a current and frequent commentator on CEO personality and behavior for cable news channels, national print media, podcasts, syndicated radio programs, and streaming media (e.g., Salon Talks).
He is a board member of Footsteps, a human rights organization that supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving, insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self determined lives. He continues to serve on the board of Isabella Geriatric Center after nearly three decades, and was Board Chair for ten years. Isabella remains one of the largest not-for-profit continuum-of-care institutions in the Greater New York area.
Mark holds a PhD from the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and was an Erik Erikson Visiting Scholar-in-Residence in 2009 at the Austen Riggs Center. He lives in New York City and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.