Stephanie E. Turner is vice president, inclusion, diversity, and social innovation at MITRE. She works collaboratively to develop and drive an integrated inclusion and diversity strategy that will also represent the other two functions she oversees—new employee experience and social innovation. Under her leadership, MITRE is strengthening and expanding relationships with external organizations whose perspectives are important in shaping our national social landscape. Her initial focus is on STEM education in underserved communities. Turner is also responsible for MITRE’s new employee experience, ensuring that MITRE’s new hires are engaged and connected during their first year, so they can continue to grow, thrive, and prosper in their careers.
Turner has served over 25 years championing inclusion and diversity and most recently served as vice president of diversity and inclusion, strategic engagement, at Liberty Mutual Insurance. There, she optimized sponsorships and brand presence at national diversity conferences, increased membership in employee resource groups, established governance models to improve customer service, and launched a new employee referral program with talent acquisition.
Her previous leadership roles include managing diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, and employee engagement at Lockheed Martin, Kaiser Permanente, ESPN, and Motorola. Turner also worked in the oil industry as a marketing and diversity consultant.
The Washington Business Journal named Turner to its list of Business of Pride honorees for 2021. The award recognizes business leaders for outstanding practices in advancing LGBTQ leadership and equality. She represents MITRE on the AMIE (Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering) board of directors and sits on the advisory board for Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership. Turner also sits on the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman College and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.