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9/18/2009 —

Tuesday, September 22
6:00 p.m.
103 Tomezsko Building

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On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., you won’t be seeing double, although it might sound that way! David Lipson and David Lipson (no relation!) will share the stage as they discuss their personal leadership styles and the trajectory of their business successes. Lipson and Lipson will share their stories of business successes and mistakes, and what characteristics make good leaders, at the first in a series of lectures taking place at Penn State Brandywine this fall.

David Lipson, ’65 Lib, is one of Penn State Brandywine’s most generous benefactors. He is a member of Penn State’s Laurel Circle, Mount Nittany Society, President’s Club, and Nittany Lion Club. He is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, and this year is being honored by the University as an Alumni Fellow.

His association with Penn State Brandywine began when he was employed by Digital Equipment Company and took on the campus as his client. It didn’t take long before he was asked to join the Advisory Board, on which he served for several years as a member and also chairperson. He currently serves as co-chair of the campus’ Capital Campaign Committee.

Lipson has enjoyed nearly four decades of success in the information technology arena. During his career, he has held sales, marketing, and executive management positions at IBM, Dun and Bradstreet Computer Services, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Sungard. He was founder, CEO, and chairman of Integrated Systems Consulting Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISCG), which merged with First Consulting Group, Inc. Currently, he is chairman of Moda Technology Partners and Vita Food Products.

He was the recipient of the Ernst & Young, LLP, 1996 Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named CEO of the Year in 1997 by the Eastern Technology Council. The firm he co-founded, Moda Technology Partners, won the Technology Council’s 2008 Start-Up of the Year Award. While he is grateful for this recognition of his business achievements, his proudest accomplishment took place at the first Penn State Fantasy Football Camp in 2006, when he became the oldest “player” ever to make a tackle in Beaver Stadium, at the age of 62.

David H. Lipson, Jr., ’78 Com, is president of Metro Corp., a publishing company whose signature titles include Philadelphia Magazine and Boston Magazine.

Lipson has been associated with the corporation in various capacities for more than 30 years. He began his career in advertising at Boston Magazine, and worked his way to Philadelphia after a stint in New York with Metro Magazines, the national sales organization that was also a part of Metro Corp., and Manhattan, Inc. magazine. He forged the move to a relationship marketing approach to advertising sales where innovative marketing programs are developed around advertisers’ needs. 

In addition to Philadelphia Magazine and Boston Magazine, Metro Corp. also publishes wedding and home magazines for both cities, as well as New England Travel and Wine and Spirits Quarterly

With a mission to both enhance the lives of readers who live in the communities that the publications serve and help advertiser and sponsor companies reach the luxury high-end market, Metro Corp. has launched such renowned programs as the Philadelphia Wine Festival, Philly Cooks!, Design Home, the annual Best of Philly Event, as well as initiating the involvement of the publications in numerous sponsorships across their readership regions.

Continuing a three-generation family legacy at the helm of Philadelphia Magazine and Metro Corp., Lipson has spearheaded the growth of both the latter and Boston Magazine in consistent newsstand and subscription sales, and as consistent national editorial award-winners.

Involved with numerous community organizations, Lipson is a member of the Corporate Leadership Council at the Philadelphia Zoo, Boy Scouts of America, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association and was honored in 2008 as an Alumni Fellow.

The Leadership Speakers Series is presented by the Penn State Brandywine Business Department and is open to the public. The series will take place in the Tomezsko Building, Room 103. For further information, please contact Kathi Clayton, Advisory Board president, entrepreneur, and adjunct faculty member at kkc11@psu.edu.

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