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Rob Lippincott: Education technology executive, transformational business leader
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Mar 14, 2020: A Lifelong Learner and Friend: Quaker Values in Business and Governance


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Rob Lippincott is birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends, striving to bring Quaker values to the world of business and the process of learning. He is a lifelong learner and entrepreneur in digital, spiritual and actual worlds. He has devoted his career to leading learning innovation while achieving financial success for public and private enterprise at the intersection of learning and technology. Professionally, Rob has been an educational consultant and edtech executive who has worked with the Impact Investing firm, i2 Capital, and served as a senior vice president at PBS, Discovery and Pearson. He led the creation of media and technology products that are used in more than half of U.S. schools. Rob’s values-forward view of the education ecosystem animates his See full.

Rob Lippincott is birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends, striving to bring Quaker values to the world of business and the process of learning.

He is a lifelong learner and entrepreneur in digital, spiritual and actual worlds. He has devoted his career to leading learning innovation while achieving financial success for public and private enterprise at the intersection of learning and technology. Professionally, Rob has been an educational consultant and edtech executive who has worked with the Impact Investing firm, i2 Capital, and served as a senior vice president at PBS, Discovery and Pearson. He led the creation of media and technology products that are used in more than half of U.S. schools.

Rob’s values-forward view of the education ecosystem animates his business mentoring focus, including digital technology, partnerships and growth strategy.  Active on the boards of directors and advisors for “edtech” firms and initiatives, he has served on the Board of Sidwell Friends School, Cambridge Friends School and the New England Aquarium. Rob taught at Newtown Friends School, Abington Friends School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Inspired by the collective decision-making processes of the Quaker tradition, Rob says, "You can use gathered intention in a business setting to move a project and a corporation in the right direction, if you listen to all, capture their unity and use their collective strength."

Currently, Rob serves of the Board of Enso Village, a Zen Inspired Living Community planned for Healdsburg, California, still in the design stages, which aims to "focus on mindful aging, the joys of nature, environmental stewardship, contemplative care and healthy life choices for adults 60+."  He is working with the director of the San Francisco Zen Center in creating a living community that is inspired by the governance practices drawing from both the Quaker and Zen traditions.  He also continues to advise several schools, education companies and projects, and serves on the board of the San Francisco Friends School.

Rob lives a ferry commute from San Francisco with his wife and near his two daughters while enjoying singing, biking, the outdoors and lifelong learning.


Five Questions for Rob
What Makes You Come Alive?

Working with others on a project with meaning.

Pivotal turning point in your life?

The repeated convergence of communal silent meditation - shared in words and moments - like this last week in Monteverde Costa Rica, among Friends at the Monteverde Friends School weekly Meeting for Worship when young Friend asked "how can you know when you have enough?"

An Act of Kindness You'll Never Forget?

A teacher who took me aside to coach me on stage awareness. It changed my worldview.

One Thing On Your Bucket List?

Grandchildren

One-line Message for the World?

If you seek the light and you listen with your whole heart, there is no scripture as profound as silence.

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