Gifford Pinchot III

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Gifford Pinchot III
Gifford Pinchot III in 2011
Born (1942-12-29) December 29, 1942 (age 80)
SpouseElizabeth Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot III (born December 29, 1942) is an American entrepreneur, author, inventor, and president of Pinchot & Company. He is credited with inventing the concept of intrapreneurship in a paper that he and his wife, Elizabeth Pinchot, wrote in 1978 titled "Intra-Corporate Entrepreneurship" while attending Tarrytown School for Entrepreneurs in New York.[1][2]

The Pinchots first book, Intrapreneuring: Why You Don't Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur (1985) presented an expansion of the intrapreneurship concept and was noted in mainstream media as "stirring discussion within management".[3]

Pinchot & Company, which he runs with his wife Elizabeth S. Pinchot, has served over half of the Fortune 100 and helped clients to launch over 800 new products and businesses. The company delivers both live and online education in intrapreneurship, both for intrapreneurs and managers of intrapreneurs, as well as consulting on how to create systems and a culture that supports intrapreneurship.[citation needed]

In 2002, Gifford and his wife Elizabeth, along with Sherman Severin and Jill Bamburg, founded the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, now merged with Presidio Graduate School. BGI was the first graduate school in the United States to offer an MBA in sustainable business (see Green MBA).[4][5] Gifford was the first, third and fifth CEO of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He left that position in 2014 and has rededicated his energies to supporting the intrapreneurship and social intrapreneurship movements.

Gifford Pinchot III is the grandson of the first chief of the United States Forest Service and the 28th governor of Pennsylvania, Gifford Pinchot. The younger Pinchot has been recognized for carrying on his grandfather's work in conservationism.[6]


  • Intrapreneuring: Why You Don't Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur (Harper & Row, 1985)
  • The Intelligent Organization (Berrett Koehler, 1994)
  • Intrapreneuring in Action - A Handbook for Business Innovation (Berrett Koehler, 1999)


  • In 2008, Executive Excellence Publishing listed Pinchot as number 32 in their Excellence 100 - The top 100 Leadership Consultants.[7]
  • In 2009, Pinchot received the Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award.[8]



  1. ^ Macrae, Norman (April 17, 1982). "Intrapreneurial Now: Big Goes Bust". The Economist. 7233. Vol. 283. pp. 47–52.
  2. ^ Deccan Herald (2011)
  3. ^ Demott, John (February 4, 1985). "Here Come the Intrapreneurs". Time. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Pinchot University (2011)". Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Pinchot University". Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  6. ^ Von dobeneck, Monica (August 24, 2011). "Gifford Pinchot III carries on his famous grandfather's environmental legacy". Patriot-News PennLive. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Executive Excellence Publishing (2008) [1]
  8. ^ "Olympus". Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011.

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