DiscoverBuild Your Network651: Jennifer Turliuk | How Minecraft is Creating the World’s Next Tech Leaders
651: Jennifer Turliuk | How Minecraft is Creating the World’s Next Tech Leaders

651: Jennifer Turliuk | How Minecraft is Creating the World’s Next Tech Leaders

Update: 2021-07-13


We have a responsibility to train the next generation, and part of that is developing a good relationship with technology. Jennifer Turliuk is an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker with her work having been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Wired, and more.

Jennifer is the CEO of MakerKids, which started the first and largest makerspace for kids in the world and now runs award-winning virtual programs, Coding, Robotics and Minecraft, to teach social skills and a positive relationship with technology. She is the author of How to Figure Out What to Do With Your Life (Next). Jennifer is a sought-after TEDx and keynote speaker, and her writing can be found in Forbes, Business Insider, Strategy, and various newspapers. 

This is only the tip of the Iceberg of what she does, so jump right into this episode and learn how Minecraft is creating the world’s next tech leaders!

Things you will learn in this episode: 

[00:01 - 05:24 ] Opening Segment  

  • I introduce today’s guest, Jennifer Turliuk
  • Jennifer gives us some background on her story
  • A moment that impacted her life 
  • Being featured on a magazine as a highschooler
  • An interest in technology early on 
  • Support from parents

[05:25 - 25:17 ] How Minecraft is Creating the World’s Next Tech Leaders

  • Jennifer talks about her college experience
  • Town between business and art 
  • Moving to a focus on business 
  • Relationships that influenced Jennifer 
  • Independent study with a professor 
  • Jennifer talks about her start in business and tech
  • Targeting key challenges in the world 
  • The start of MakerKids
  • Positive mental health effects on kids
  • How Minecraft helps kids build confidence 
  • Well-rounded education 
  • Communication and social skills
  • Helping kids with autism 
  • Why parents don’t have to fear what they don’t know 
  • Developing a positive relationship with screens
  • Practicing in a safe and supportive environment
  • How to develop a good relationship with screens
  • Passive vs. active screen time 
  • Programs that help develop skills 
  • The future of jobs will hang on coding abilities 
  • A word from our Sponsor 

[25:18 - 37:34 ] Jennifer Turliuk on How to Build Your Network

  • Who you know or what you know?
  • What you know is very helpful to determine who you should know 
  • The how is just as important
  • Relationships that have impacted Jennifer’s life 
  • The basis for her book 
  • The importance of what Jennifer teaches in her book
  • When to jump into something vs. testing things out 
  • The choice you make today doesn’t have to be the end
  • The importance of masterminds and mentors
  • Advice to people who are new to speaking on stage 
  • Creative ways to work on the craft and book engagements

[37:35 - 41:39 ] Closing Segment

  • ThE RaNdOm RoUnD
  • How to engage with Jennifer
  • Links below 
  • Final words 

Tweetable Quotes: 

“A huge part of the parents’ role is to help kids develop a positive relationship with screens… Screens are something that can be used safely, in moderation, and successfully; or it can be overused.” - Jennifer Turliuk

“9 years from now, 85% of jobs won't exist… in a future like that, what skills are important? Well the key skills, I would argue, would be able to code robots and AI’s and contribute the social emotional skills they lack.” - Jennifer Turliuk

Resources Mentioned: 

Connect and engage with Jennifer on Instagram and LinkedIn. Go to to learn more about finding the career of your dreams.

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651: Jennifer Turliuk | How Minecraft is Creating the World’s Next Tech Leaders

651: Jennifer Turliuk | How Minecraft is Creating the World’s Next Tech Leaders

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