From Wall Street to Hollywood, from the financial bottom line to the newest media technology, Dick Lippin has never wavered in his belief in the importance of dealing with people with integrity and compassion. The College of the Liberal Arts recently honored Dick with the 2013 Service to Society Award for his longtime dedication and leadership to his profession and communities.
A 1968 graduate in psychology, Dick today is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of the Lippin Group, one of the largest independent entertainment and media public relations firms in the world. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, and London, the Lippin Group represents the entertainment industry’s major studios and leading associations, as well as independent production and distribution companies worldwide.
Dick started his career on Wall Street in investment and regulatory areas and applied his psychology background to the field of investor relations. In 1986, he launched the Lippin Group in Los Angeles and, for more than 25 years, has broadened the firm’s portfolio to include television, music, film, video, licensing and merchandising, and new media.
Throughout the decades, Dick also has served as a volunteer and philanthropic leader on many boards of industry and charitable organizations, including The Paley Center for Media, the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Coro Foundation for promoting ethical leadership among young diverse adults. He also has helped establish ethics and diversity programs at several universities and other non-profit organizations.
When he arrived on the Penn State campus in the mid-1960s, Dick was not a standout student; his goal was to simply graduate. But, like many who arrive in Happy Valley, he was soon inspired by his professors to pursue academic excellence. In addition, Dick became very involved in student government and the student newspaper. By graduation, he was elected to the top student leadership societies: Skull and Bones, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Lions Paw.
Dick is a longtime member of the Rock Ethics Institute External Advisory Board and initially supported an annual lecture series in ethics sponsored by the Institute. More recently, he has stepped forward to support a new innovative project of the Rock Ethics Institute and the Child Study Center to promote moral development and ethical behavior in children. Finally, he founded the Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line to help patients and their families in the Los Angeles area, in honor of his late wife.
“What Penn State has stood for, and still stands for, are values, principles, and human interactions,’’ Dick said at the recent awards ceremony. “This University changed my life. I never dreamed I would be at the place where I am now; I never dreamed I would be able to give what I give, but ultimately, if it helps other people and makes a better world, that is just great.”