Dale J. Stephens

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Occupation: Entrepreneur and education expert

Field(s) of expertise: Future of education, innovation

Language(s): English

Dale Stephens is a recognized leader and innovator in the revolution of higher education. At 19 he founded UnCollege, an organization changing the notion that college is the only path to success. Through his work with UnCollege he empowers learners all over the globe to take direction over their education. In 2011 Dale was selected out of hundreds of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow, a program recognizing the top 24 entrepreneurs around the world under the age of twenty. He was recently selected as a Forbes' 30 Under 30 leader for 2012.

He has become a sought after speaker for a wide variety of conferences, from TED 2012 to Digital Life Design to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. He is also praised as a speaker for organizations and has lectured at the New York Times and presented to C-level executives at NBC Universal and frequently consults universities wishing to take on changing trends in 21st century higher education.

As an education expert, he has written for publications such as the New York Times, Fast Company and The Washington Post and made appearances on major news networks including CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, New York Magazine, Fox, and The TODAY Show. In early 2013 Penguin published his first book, Hacking Your Education, which offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college. 

As a speaker, Dale Stephens focuses on the coming transformation of education, both inside and outside the classroom. Because of his age and experience, the native speaker is able to bridge the gap between teens and adults and address the challenges and opportunities facing both. He is able to speak to students on defining success for themselves and self-directing their education, as well as present to academics on how to adapt the university model to stay competitive in a constantly changing market.

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Dale to be a speaker at Germany’s largest student entrepreneurship

convention was a no-brainer. With his experience and perspective on

education, he enabled the audience to think differently about their

lifes and definitely did his bit to motivate the upcoming generation of

entrepreneurs. After spending more time with Dale, one can only be

amazed about Dale’s humbleness, dedication and cleverness.”

Aydogan Ali Schosswald / EBS9 / President & Founder

„Dale is an attention-grabbing speaker and a definite audience pleaser. He has a certain swag about him: confidence without arrogance. Dale’s experience brings credibility to his message, but he feels

accessible at the same time. Dale definitely impressed my audience and left them with some valuable tips to actually put to use.”

Dan Thompson / Stanford University / Think Outside

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