Dale J. Stephens brings a unique perspective on the future of education, talent, and innovation. He is a sought-after education expert appearing on major news networks including CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, Fox, and TechCrunch. His work has been covered by the New York Times and New York Magazine to Fast Company and Forbes.

At 20, Dale leads UnCollege, the social movement empowering students to create their own education. In May 2011 Dale was selected out of hundreds of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow. The Thiel Fellowship recognizes the top entrepreneurs around the world under the age of twenty.

His first book, Hacking Your Education, will be published by Penguin in early 2013. The book is a practical guide the learning the skills that school does not teach but are requisite for success in the real world.

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