Philadelphia Magazine CEO to Speak at SJU

Initiative for Family Business & Entrepreneurship to present lecture with David Lipson

Friday, April 13, 2018

by Chris Fastiggi '18

The Initiative for Family Business & Entrepreneurship (IFBE) will welcome David Lipson, chairman and CEO of MetroCorp, the publisher of Philadelphia Magazine, for its spring lecture in the Family Business Legacy Speaker Series. Lipson will share his experience in a family-run business on Tuesday, May 1 in the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center.

“We are delighted to highlight a multigenerational family business that has served the tri-state area for many years,” says Brian Brogan, director of the IFBE. “David, who recently took over MetroCorp after his father’s passing, understands the dynamics of stepping into a family-run organization: the perceived obligation to solidify the family legacy and the desire to blaze his own trail.”

MetroCorp produces Philadelphia Magazine, which covers the city and beyond, extending to Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties, as well as Boston Magazine. Lipson’s grandfather S. Arthur Lipson purchased Philadelphia Magazine, which now includes “best of” features, news and criticism, in 1946. The Lipson family has the reins of the publication for more than 60 years and continues to drive its future.

The IFBE lecture is open to the public and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a networking event, and Lipson’s lecture and a Q&A at 6:30. Registration is required. Tickets cost $40, but free admission is available for SJU students, faculty and staff, as well as IFBE members.

About the IFBE Family Business Legacy Speaker Series: The Family Business Legacy Speaker Series is an exclusive opportunity for the family business and entrepreneurial community to gather and discuss hot topics and best practices with thought leaders, brand icons and industry experts. The series encourages participants to anticipate and prepare for the next stage of development in their family business, to consider the impact of decisions, celebrate shared values and chart the course for future success.

About the SJU Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship: The Initiative for Family Business & Entrepreneurship at Saint Joseph’s University is the region’s only university-based program that provides family businesses the support, guidance and tools necessary to increase long-term competitiveness, ownership prosperity and family unity. The IFBE combines best-in-class executive education, unique experiential learning programs and applied research to cultivate a robust network of peers and trusted advisors, and promote successful transitions from one generation to the next. IFBE programming is backed by the nationally ranked Haub School of Business and uses a deliberate process for engaging families. For more information, visit To learn about annual membership, call 610-660-2220.

Event Contact

The Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship, 610-660-2220,

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