Jim Carroll

A world-renowned futurist, trends & innovation expert - with clients such as the PGA of America, The GAP, NASA and Walt Disney.
Travels from ON
$15,000 - $17,500

JIM CARROLL

Leading Global Futurist, Trends and Innovation Expert

Transforming Growth Organizations into High Velocity Innovation Heroes!

Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends and innovation experts, providing strategic guidance and insight to some of the most prestigious organizations in the world for over twenty years. He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends; rapid business model change; business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty; and the necessity for fast paced innovation. 

His client list is unique, to say the least. NASA has had Jim Carroll in (twice!) to help shape their thought process about the future, with audiences featuring astronauts, astrophysicists, launch directors and mission controllers. The global master of story-telling, the Walt Disney Corporation, made the observation after a leadership presentation that “Jim’s storytelling approach really helps to get his points across!” The GAP, one of the worlds’ leading retailers, brought Jim into their global head office for a talk on the future of retail!

He has a track record of inspiring organizations to reframe the opportunity for innovation in the context of significant, transformative change, including the world’s largest working sports organization. The PGA — Professional Golf Association of America — selected Jim Carroll to open their 94th Annual General Meeting for his message on future trends and innovation, the first time in their history that they have ever featured an external speaker for their AGM. Subsequent to his keynote, the President of the PGA had this to say: “Futurist Jim Carroll helped stimulate the thought process with his keynote address about the incredible rate of change that we as a society find ourselves in, and I was delighted with the lively discussion in the hallways, the passionate positions taken at the microphones ….” 

If Jim Carroll can challenge Disney, The GAP, NASA and the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation – he can do the same for you!

Jim’s insight is sought internationally. He was one of two speakers to address fifty senior CEO, CFO and CIO level executives in St. Andrews, Scotland, at an invitation-only corporate event – the other speaker being Jimmy Wales, the Founder of Wikipedia. He was the opening keynote speaker at the World Pharma Innovation Congress in London, England, with a message focusing on the future of science and healthcare He has previously keynoted other events such as the Linde Healthcare Summit in Munich, Germany, the Swiss Innovation Forum in Zurich, the Toshiba Mobility Exchange in Sydney, Australia, the annual Business Outlook Forum in the Cayman Islands for hundreds of senior financial executives, and the SAP Business Forum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jim’s client and event list is a veritable who’s who of global leaders — including The  GAP • Lockheed Martin • Fairmont/Raffles Hotels International • Accenture Worldwide Energy & Utilities Conference • HJ Heinz • RGA Reinsurance • National Australian Bank • Dupont • Discover Financial Services • Pfizer • PPG • Johnson & Johnson • Blue Cross Blue Shield • General Dynamics / Northrop Grumman • Bombardier • Signature Travel • Microsoft • US National Recreation and Parks Association • Burger King • US Department of Defense – Commissary Agency • Rockwell Collins; Oracle • International Association of Conference Centres • Pearson Learning • US Air Force Research Laboratory • McKesson • Siemens • US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs Annual Conference • Nestle;  KPMG • World Congress on Healthcare Innovation & Technology • Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut) • Towers Perrin • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) • Property & Casualty Insurance Association of America • World Congress on Quality • SAP • American Community Bankers Association • Providence Health Plans •  Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd • Verizon • Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association • American Express • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing….all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth! There are hundreds more.

The world’s largest organizations turn to Jim Carroll when seeking insight into the future. Shouldn’t you?

Jim has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of industries, associations, professions, companies and individuals. Hundreds of thousands have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, Munich, Palm Springs, Sydney, Cayman Islands, Los Angeles, Miami, Costa Rica, London, Nassau, Munich, New York, Vancouver, Stockholm, Budapest; everything from small Board-level sessions with 12 people; to high level CEO leadership meetings to 5,000 person conference keynotes.

Jim is globally recognized for his unique wisdom and insight into trends. BusinessWeek commented on Jim: “a leading source for innovation insight;” he has been a CNBC guest expert on innovation; his insights have also been covered by ABC News, INC, Fast Company, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), American Way, The Age (Sydney, Australia), CAPITAL Magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, the National Post and PROFIT.

Jim is also an author, with books including The Future Belongs to Those Who Are Fast,; Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast;  and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.

Jim brings deep, strategic insight to his presentations. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto – Rotman Business School Directors Education Program, as his career path increasingly comes to include strategic guidance at the Corporate Board level.

What he does!

  • he provides unique, detailed, customized insight into workplace, business, economic, current events, social and cultural trends, as well as into demographic, lifestyle and technology issues, based on highly original research.
  • he sets the stage for organizations to become more competitive, innovative and adaptable, and that are open to the opportunities of the future
  • he does so in a very dynamic and motivational style, with presentations that involve his signature humor, high-level energy, deep insight and challenging observations

How can he help you?

  • he wakes people up to the trends that will affect them, and challenges them to cope with a world that continues to witness constant, dramatic change.
  • thought provoking, full of energy, up to the minute and timely” are just a few of the ways to describe Jim’s presentations. Jim has the ability to energize people so they can discover opportunities for personal and corporate growth.
  • each presentation is unique and customized. Clients value the time Jim takes to “know” their industry or profession, their issues and concerns.

Potential topics - Jim will work with you to customize!

Global leaders such as NASA, the PGA, Disney, Caterpillar, Nestle and Motorola didn’t choose Jim for a canned speech - they chose Jim Carroll because of his worldwide reputation for providing a highly customized, energizing and unique presentation into the future, innovation, and issues of creativity that directly relates to their issues, challenges, opportunities and concerns. Of course, every presentation needs a title, and consider a few of the recent ones that his clients have used to promote their event or meeting:

  • What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don’t Do?
  • When Do We Get to Normal? Why Thinking BIG Will Help You Seize The Opportunities of the 21st Century
  • Healthcare 2020: The Transformative Trends That Will REALLY Define Our Future
  • Moving Beyond the Meltdown: Aligning Yourself for Growth Through Innovation
  • 7 Things You Need to Do Right Now: Aligning The Fast Future to Your Current Strategy
  • Game Changers: The 8 Big Trends That Change Everything You Think You Know
  • What’s Happening with Your Workforce: Making Generations Work!
  • Location is the New Intelligence: Customer Interaction in the Era of Pervasive Mobile
  • Where’s the Growth? Transformative Opportunities for Transformative Times
  • Brand Innovation At the Speed of Twitter: How to Innovate in the Era of Hyperconnectivity

Jim works with you and undertakes detailed research to prepare a customized presentation that meets your needs. He does what you need him to do: he addresses your issues, goals and opportunities, in the framework of his expertise as a global trends, innovation and change expert.

Client comments

An outstanding presentation for an industry and association that falls on its traditions so often. We learned that our tradition should not be something that holds us back, but rather the launching pad for innovation for the future. Thanks Jim for your thought provoking presentation!” - 94th PGA of America Annual General Meeting

We were extremely pleased with Jim’s presentation… the content was bang-on and would hopefully prompt people to think about the rapidity of change going on in our world!. Jim’s storytelling approach really helps to get his points across! He did a great job!” - Walt Disney Company

We thought Jim was amazing - just the positive message we wanted to leave folks with.” - T. Rowe Price

Jim Carroll recently presented at Lockheed Martin’s Executive HR Leadership conference. His content was very provocative, fascinating, and relevant. I’ve embedded a couple of his nuggets into my operating model” - Lockheed Martin

Many thanks for your presentation, “7 Things You Need to Do Right Now: Aligning the Fast Future to Your Current Strategy” It couldn’t have been more energy filled and dynamic to start the conference out on the right foot. It was exactly what the audience wanted and needed to hear. The feedback from all attendees was excellent.” - VIBE Conference, Las Vegas

Bringing Jim into our MLC Sales Conference in Sydney through a fibre optic line was truly incredible. The key note session Jim delivered was on the money, he exceeded my expectations.” - MLC National Australia Bank

Jim is one of the best speakers we had. He had excellent information that our attendees could take home and incorporate it into their plans immediately. He also incorporated our messages into his presentation that helped localize the information for our group. Highly recommended!” - Illinois Bureau of Tourism.

After seeing Jim speak at another conference, I was so motivated by his presentation, I invited Jim to speak at a conference for my organization. Another home run! Powerful, articulate, thought provoking and energetic! Jim’s delivery on the importance of staying abreast of rapidly changing trends truly can assist in changing the way we do business!” - US Navy, Air Force, Marine Child Youth Program Conference

… your talk hit just the right note…..I did have several people ask me if they could get a copy of your presentation as well as many who noted that the programming was fantastic and gave them a lot to think about.” -Consumer Electronics Association 2010 CEO Summit

Thank you for an outstanding opening keynote for the 10th Anniversary Opportunities Conference: you received a 100% approval rating which has only been achieved 2 other times in our 10 year history!” -Opportunities 2009 Conference Organizer

We were extremely pleased with Jim’s presentation….. the content was great and would hopefully prompt people to think about the rapidity of change going on in our world!” You were superb! As we make changes your message could not have come at a better time. This group likes tradition but unfortunately that often gets in the way of moving forward. Thank you again for reminding us that our greater responsibility is to the future!” - US National Recreation and Parks Association

I have been working with Jim for the past four years, and, without question, he is one of the most dynamic speakers and professional partners I’ve ever come across. Our audiences (internal and external) love him, and he works wonderfully with our customers. ….I’m willing to bet your first experience will lead to many, many more, as it has with SAP. I wish you the best with him….book him before someone else does!” SAP

Great presentation by Jim! Key words and explanations were enlightening and relevant to us all! - International Society of Medical Publication Professionals

Healthcare in 2021? What will we be doing in 10 years time? Well, according to Jim Carroll, keynote speaker for the opening session, definitely not what we’re doing today! He presented an invigorating view of what our healthcare systems could be looking like and it’s up to us to decide how we get there. We’ll be accepting his challenge to take three scary ideas away and think about how we can make them work, rather than the reasons why they won’t. The poll4 system was fun and it was definitely the first time we’d been asked to turn our phones on during a presentation! - International Society of Medical Publication Professionals

I knew from the moment you used a ketchup bottle to effectively illustrate how change impacts all of us that your presentation would be anything but typical. You were spectacular! ….. Feedback on you and your presentation were phenomenally positive. Our attendees were particualrly impressed with how you demonstrated ways in which they could immediately apply what they had learned. ” American Payroll Association

Everyone thought that you completely underscored the importance of creativity and innovation with a presentation full of energy and compelling information. ” CBS/Infinity Broadcasting

Most of the crowd and management agreed that you were the best keynote speaker we’ve had in the last few years.” National Rural Telephone Association / National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association

Your presentation was up-to-the-minute timely, possible only because of your ability to work with conference organizers in advance to determine our needs. This is a rare gift among keynote speakers, and greatly appreciated! ” International Newspaper Marketing Association

Energetic, refreshing, meaningful … you definitively set the stage for the next day.” - Roche Diagnostics .