Mary Ann Kipp, Principal

Mary Ann Kipp is a consultant, author and executive coach with a consistent track record for creating sustainable change. She has a talent for understanding complex structures and systems, generating compelling encounters that enable leaders and organizations to gain focus and achieve enduring results.

Her experience is international in scope with clients such as Unilever Holland, Nortel Networks, PolyGram, British Airways, Cingular, Banana Republic and NATO for groups numbering as many as 1,800. She has designed and facilitated projects in partnership with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma.  Further, with MIT’s Eric von Hipple and 3M, she modified the Lead User methodology. As content expert, she developed the innovative desktop program for the functionality of teams in virtual environments. In the course of creating Working Remotely, Virtual Teams and Beyond, she simultaneously revamped the product development process within Ninth House Network, Inc. The program is required for the Silicon Valley Executive Business Program and the US Navy’s leader program.

She presented Five Ways Leaders Sabotage Their Careers as a featured speaker at the 1998 American Management Association’s Peter Drucker Forum.  Mediatation™, a unique method for incorporating analog and digital technologies to enhance the impact of a facilitated intervention, was showcased at the Organization Development Network. This method was successfully engaged by a telecommunications company to open and align relationships with customers and suppliers.  Ms. Kipp also presented at the Association for Quality Preservation and Association for Manufacturing Excellence.

Ms. Kipp comes to her practice from senior managerial roles in Human Resources where she was responsible for innovations in mentoring and for national training initiatives that endure to this day. She authored Family Business for McGraw Hill’s Handbook of Management Consulting, drawing on her work in this arena and her family of origin. She conducts workshops on family-owned businesses for the President’s Forum.

Earlier experience included a faculty position in Business Administration with the College of St. Rose. In the mid-eighties, Ms. Kipp began coaching executives on career-related concerns, was featured in American Demographics’ article Job Shift and was an advisor to Right Management.  She was a founding member of the Career Transition program, creating a working model that has endured for over 15 years impacting 1,000s.  She served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University’s Human and Organization Development Program.

Ms. Kipp holds a BA from St. Anselm College and a Master’s degree from Syracuse University. She chaired the Community in the Workplace 3-year initiative for M. Scott Peck’s Foundation for Community Encouragement, wrote white papers on the project and presented at the Center for Creative Leadership.