International Background, Global Perspective

I grew up on a hop farm in southern Germany, with plenty of opportunities to explore and experiment. Maybe this is where my love for problem-solving began. Since then, I have lived, studied, and worked on four continents. I thrive in diverse and international environments and love to share experiences and perspectives gained by traveling, learning, and working across the globe.

Lake Constance (Bodensee). © 2018 Steinbeck

Teaching, Learning, and Technology

The science, practice, and technology of teaching and learning are the foundation of everything I do. My work in lifelong learning—from local classrooms to hybrid and globally distributed environments—has encompassed a wide variety of roles, including learning experience designer, teacher, coach, program director, and researcher. As my Stanford colleague and mentor Larry Leifer puts it: “reality is the best classroom, coaches are the best teachers, and teams are the best learners.”

Student participants at a strategic innovation workshop,
Universidad Católica del Uruguay. © 2017 Steinbeck

Spirit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Apple and Stanford were the classrooms where I learned the spirit of innovation and the San Francisco Bay Area’s entrepreneurial culture. I had the best coaches, and was on fantastic teams. Through a series of leadership positions over two decades, that spirit has infused my work and inspired my passion for sharing this culture with others to improve lives worldwide.

Stanford University Main Quad. Photo License CC-BY-SA-3.0

Strategic Human-Centered Design

IntoActions, based in San Francisco, is the design innovation firm I founded to help organizations around the world build strategic innovation capacity through human-centered design. The hallmark of our approach is a highly participatory planning process that combines innovation, strategy development, and design that puts defining and solving human needs at the very center.

Our Motto: Turning Insights Into Actions!

Strategic innovation workshop with leadership team,
Universidad Católica del Uruguay. © 2017 Steinbeck