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Developing effective leaders is only part of the job for Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO of Radical Partners —
the rest has to do with helping build an empowered legacy of community leaders.
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R ebecca Fishman Lipsey wants to see Miami become
a hub for social-change ideas. She’s the CEO of
Radical Partners, a social-impact accelerator that
grows nonprofit and social change ventures, and Founder of
Executive Director Bootcamp, a 5-session intensive professional
development program for leaders of social impact organizations.
In a nutshell, she says, she searches for founders of organizations
and companies that solve important social issues, and she
helps them grow. “We help local organizations scale up to
become national organizations, and we help small but mighty
organizations get ready to take on bigger challenges,” she says.
Having completed her undergraduate studies at the University
of Pennsylvania and then earning a Masters in Education at Bank
Street College Of Education, Fishman Lipsey taught in Harlem
through Teach For America, and eventually went on to become the
Executive Director of Teach For America in Miami. While there,
she helped the organization triple in size and raise more than $22
million in the effort.
Having developed a keen eye for spotting high-success
potential, Fishman Lipsey launched Radical Partners to help
organizations grow and reach new heights. “I scout for talent…
for leaders who may not be well-known, but who demonstrate
unbelievable potential for impact — I only select a handful
of organizations to work with a year,” she says. “I seek out
organizations that are already successful on a smaller scale that
have a transformational impact in their current space and realize
they’re hitting a wall.”
Her Executive Director Bootcamp experience allows Executive
Directors and Founders of nonprofits or social entrepreneurship
ventures to work in a supportive cohort to hone and perfect their
pitch, fundraising tools, brand and collateral, time-management
systems, performance goals and long-term vision. “So much of
what I do is about helping leaders to envision the future so clearly
that it becomes inevitable for them to achieve it,” she says.
Investing in the success of others is only one part of Fishman
Lipsey’s world. She’s also the youngest person to serve on the
Florida Board Of Education, where she directly impacts education
policy and is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post. She
doesn’t solely use her voice to advocate and educate, the mother
of 2 little super-dudes is also a Singer/Songwriter who loves
spending time on the beach and volunteering for organizations
that she cares deeply about; RadicalPartners.net.