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20 under 40: Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

REBECCA FISHMAN LIPSEY, 33: “Don’t wait for someone else to make your vision come to life. Breathe life into it.”
REBECCA FISHMAN LIPSEY, 33: “Don’t wait for someone else to make your vision come to life. Breathe life into it.” MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Not-for-profit consultant helps those who help others.

Age: 33

Occupation: CEO, Radical Partners, a management consulting agency

Family status: Married with two sons

Lives in: Aventura

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey bills herself as a “grower” of organizations that leave an impact on society, companies and campaigns. Last year was a bellwether year: Gov. Rick Scott appointed her to sit on the State Board of Education, and Miami Today Magazine named her “best role model.” She was building upon earlier accolades.

In 2010, the International Stevie Awards for Women in Business heralded her as the “best nonprofit executive.” That’s when Fishman Lispey served as executive director of Teach for America, a post she held for four years. During her time with TFA, she raised $22 million and tripled the number of the incoming teachers.

In 2012, she left TFA to form Radical Partners. One of her first clients was Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn. Her Hawn Foundation was seeking national exposure for its signature MindUP™ program, which is designed to help students de-stress and tune out the chaos of the modern world. “I helped them to think about who to hire and how to design their team,” Fishman Lipsey says.

Service went both ways: From Hawn she learned breathing techniques to help calm her 4-year-old son. “It’s way more effective than a time out,” she says.

From Fishman Lipsey: “Don’t wait for someone else to make your vision come to life. Breathe life into it.”

About Fishman Lipsey: “Rebecca has a lightness and warmth. Her real talent is finding the untapped potential and growing really great ideas and growing really great leaders.” — Christine Conforti, a former teacher who met Lipsey at Teach for America and now works for Radical Partners

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