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Jim is the world’s leading global futurist, trends and innovation expert, with a massive global blue chip client list. Over the last 25 years, more than 2 million people have shared his insight with his events on stage.

Jim’s global client list gives him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization. With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

  • NASA has had him in — twice — to help shape their thought process about the future, including issues around ‘the disruption of the space industry,’ and ‘the future of space,’ as well as concepts of ‘leadership transformation’ and the acceleration of science and innovation.
  • after a presentation by Jim on the issue of ‘creativity’, the Walt Disney Corporation made the comment that ” Jim’s storytelling approach really helps to get his points across!” – a pretty cool reference from the world’s best storyteller!
  • when the PGA – Professional Golfers Association of America – chose an external speaker to open their 94th Annual General Meeting, they went with Jim Carroll. They’d never hired an external speaker before in their history. They then rebooked him to keynote the massive PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando — one of the world’s largest sporting trade association events. He was on stage after Lee Trevino and followed by Bubba Watson!
  • Jim’s speaks globally! He headlined Nikon’s 100th anniversary in Tokyo; Godiva Chocolates/Pladis in London and Ghent, Belgium; headline the World Government Summit in Dubai; a small, intimate client conference for  fifty senior CxO level executives in St. Andrews, Scotland, at an invitation-only event; he was the opening keynote speaker at the  World Pharma Innovation Congress in London; he spoke for a small, intimate gathering of large, global group of investment executives that manage some of the world’s largest family wealth foundations (“family offices”) at an event in Athens, Greece, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and at the WorldSkills Global Competition in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

No doubt you are finding many futurist or innovation experts who might help you with your leadership meeting or event. So why Jim? Watch this — he outlines how he will work with you in a way that no other speaker will.

Jim is at the top tier of the global speaking industry – – he has spoken at events with President George W. Bush, the late Carrie Fisher (“Princess Leia” of Star Wars), Terry Bradshaw of the NFL, Biz Stone (Founder of Twitter), Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, Space Shuttle / ISS Astronauts Scott Kelly & Chris Hadfield, Apollo 13 Astronaut Jim Lovell, Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11. In addition, he has shared the stage with business leaders such as as  Jack Welch of GE, Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL, and many mores.

Jim is represented and booked by many of the most prestigious speakers bureaus in the world — the same folks who book Barak and Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Tony Blair, Hillary Clinton and others.

In Las Vegas, with 7,000 people, encouraging them to think big and address the future in bold terms!

Essentially, Jim assists in organizations in dealing with the future, trends and innovation through three distinct types of events:

  • as the opening or closing keynote speaker for the annual meetings/conferences of national or international associations;
  • keynotes or workshops for private corporate leadership events, ranging from small groups of 15 to several hundred executives, often sponsored by the CEO, for a vast range of global Fortune 1000 companies;
  • keynotes or panel discussions on customer oriented meetings or promotional events


  • Jim’s client list is a veritable who’s who of global leaders — including the PGA of America; Godiva Chocolates; Whirlpool/Maytag; the Wall Street Journal; DuPont; NASA; Nikon; Mercedes Benz; Chemours; Anthem Healthcare; Mercedes Benz; Sandia National Laboratories; Noble Energy; The GAP; Pepsi/Frito Lay; Honeywell; Genentech; Eli Lilly; Lockheed Martin; the Accenture Worldwide Energy & Utilities Conference; Fairmont/Raffles Hotels International; RGA Reinsurance; National Australian Bank; Stryker Technologies; CIGNA; Pfizer; Diners Club; HJ Heinz; PPG; Johnson & Johnson; NASA Goddard Space Center; Pella Doors & Windows; Blue Cross Blue Shield ; General Dynamics / Northrop Grumman; Bombardier; Signature Travel; Microsoft; the US National Recreation and Parks Association; Yum! Brands; Burger King; US Department of Defense; Rockwell Collins; Oracle; the International Association of Conference Centres; Pearson Learning; US Air Force Research Laboratory; McKesson; Siemens; US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs; Nestle….and many, many more …. all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth!

  • Jim is globally recognized for his unique wisdom and insight into trends. BusinessWeek on Jim: “a leading source for innovation insight;” CNBC guest expert on innovation; insights also covered by USA Today, Reuters, the BBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, DowJones, Bloomberg, MSNBCABC News, INC, Fast Company, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), STOrai Magazine (Retail Association of India), The Age (Sydney, Australia), American Way,  CAPITAL Magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, the National Post and PROFIT.

NASA has had Jim Carroll in – twice – for his insight on disruption, transformative change, and big bold thinking!

  • Jim has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of industries, associations, professions, companies and individuals. 100,000’s of people have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Tokyo, Zurich, Dubai, Munich, Palm Springs, Sydney, Cayman Islands, Los Angeles, Miami, Costa Rica, London, Nassau, Sao Paolo, 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 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. His latest book, Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Stories from the Stage on Innovation, Disruption and the Accelerating Future will be published in the 2nd quarter of 2018.

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