Known as a “Citizen of the World,” Kimo Kippen is an accomplished, visionary thought leader and sought-out international keynote speaker committed to making a difference in the world by inspiring business and civic leaders, as well as employees, to think outside the box and actualize what is truly possible.
Hailing originally from Hawaii, for the past 20 years, he has been on a lifetime journey to advance education, global labor force conditions, and economic empowerment internationally. Joining Hilton Worldwide in 2010 as Chief Learning Officer, he transformed the learning and development culture, directly improving the company’s guest scores, brand loyalty and global market foothold.
As a result of his leadership contribution, Hilton Worldwide has won numerous awards and accolades from some of the most visible and prestigious organizations in the industry, while realizing a 27.05% increase in stock price following the company’s IPO in 2013, outperforming the S&P 500 by 18.37% as of June 29, 2015. Serving on several boards, he has positively impacted corporate, academic and civic organizations’ abilities to drive progressive change; most recently supporting the success of Hilton’s “Travel with Purpose” initiative that educates and trains company team members on how to help stop child trafficking.
Recently, Kippen has been asked to serve on the Tysons Institute task force for Tysons Partnership; a “think tank” association of business and civic stakeholders focused on establishing a graduate-level center of learning, research and innovation in the applied sciences, engineering and mathematics, geographically anchored in Tysons, VA.
Before joining Hilton Worldwide, Kippen held progressive leadership roles at Marriott International Inc., where he was promoted to lead the Learning Center of Excellence for all of Marriott International’s 2,800 operated and franchised properties in 68 countries.