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Gifford has been an organic dairy farmer, a blacksmith, an author, an innovation consultant, software CEO, an angel investor and is a keynote speaker on Intrapreneuring and other topics. 

Mr. Pinchot has published three books. Intrapreneuring, which introduced a new way of fostering innovation by creating space for innovators to express their entrepreneurial spirit within existing organizations. It was a bestseller in 15 languages. The Intelligent Organization written with his wife, Libba took self-organization a step further, to include the everyday work of ordinary employees.

Pinchot & Company, which he has been running since 1983 with his wife Libba, has served half of the Fortune 100 and helped them to launch over 700 new products and businesses. He is currently producing online learning in intrapreneuring. His launch version, which trained 12 teams, produced a 10 to 1 return for his client within one year.

In 2002 he co-founded Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), which was the first school to offer an MBA in Sustainable Business. Since the founding, more than 700 graduates have created a networked community of change agents, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, with an 82% job placement within three months of graduation.  He remained President of the school until June of 2014. BGI was acquired by Presidio Graduate School in June of 2016.

Mr. Pinchot has received numerous awards in his lifetime, among them, Executive Excellence naming him number 32 on the top 100 leadership thinkers. He has an honorary Doctor of Laws from U. of Puget Sound. In 2009 he was awarded the Olympus Lifetime Education Award and in 2010 he and his wife were named Purpose Prize fellows. Gifford graduated from Harvard University in 1965 with an honors degree in Economics and then completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University.