Stephan Turnipseed is an education thought leader, strategist and entrepreneur who is passionate about inspiring children through education. He is an advocate for hands-on learning which he sees as instrumental for 21st Century success. He is the former President of LEGO® Education North America; later serving in a global role as the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO® Education.
During his over 25 years in education and throughout his career, he led companies and organizations to transformative success. For more than 16 years, he led the team responsible for transforming LEGO Education in North America from a product sales company to an educational resource leader, working with educators, industry experts and academia to help inspire all children to be creative problem solvers.
He is the immediate past Chairman of The Partnership for 21st Century Learning, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. He is the recipient of the prestigious National Instruments Engineering Impact Award for STEM Innovation, which recognizes lifetime achievement in STEM education. He continues to serve on a number of not for profit boards supporting education and success for children.
He is the past president of the Tourette Syndrome Association, a non-profit supporting research, advocacy and policy for those, like himself, affected by Tourette syndrome, a neurologic movement disorder.
Among his other roles, he has owned his own leadership consultancy practice, focused on strategic and tactical planning and leadership skills development. He also previously managed business units for Schlumberger Limited, an oilfield service company.
He is the author of two books and numerous published articles. He holds two patents for the design of the TETRIX robotic system, which he designed to support hands on STEM learning and competitive events.
Turnipseed is a veteran of the United States Air Force and is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering.