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A vast number of Fortune 1000 organizations, associations and corporate organizations worldwide continue to book Jim Carroll for his strategic insight and his inspirational message on future trends & innovation.  With a client list that includes the Walt Disney Company, the PGA of America, NASA, and Johnson & Johnson, Jim’s unique insight is a much sought after commodity! 

What are some of the issues his clients are focused upon, and what type of insight are they seeking from Jim? The list is vast!

  • The Internet of Things: Jim Carroll has been talking on stage about the Internet of things since the late 1990’s, when he began using the phrase “hyper connectivity” to describe a world in which “every device that is a part of our daily lives is about to become plugged in.” Since then, he has delivered his insight on the topic to a wide variety of organizations: several global technology leaders with a keynote talk on the future of home automation; several of the world’s largest HVAC companies about what happens when a global, intelligent home and industrial energy infrastructure emerges through widespread connectivity; consumer, food and packaged goods conferences about the impact of intelligent packaging. He has been booked by many leading global health care organizations for keynotes that have focused on what happens when consumers start aligning their wellness strategies through their own personal healthcare infrastructure.
  • Bold, transformative thinking. People know that given a world of accelerating change, it is critical to “think big.” Jim was invited in by NASA (twice!) to help shape their thinking about the future in light of the significant transformative change that the organization is faced with – with an audience of launch directors, several astronauts and senior program managers of both manned and unmanned space flight. Jim has taken on similar assignments to encourage bold thinking — with another recent event involving the opening keynote for a meeting of the top 500 military commanders and senior researchers for the US Air Force Research Laboratory — the group that managers the entire R&D budget for the leading military organization in the world.
  • Aligning strategy to innovation and dealing with fast rates of change: 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, and after the keynote, Allen Wronowski, 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….” Jim Carroll can challenge the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation – he can do the same for you!
  • Client and customer events. Jim has developed a global reputation for delivering concise, relevant content at customer/client events. He keynoted the prestigious CSC Executive Exchange in St. Andrews, Scotland where he spoke to a small, select group of CEO’s and senior executives of global organizations. He’s headlined similar events as Toshiba Australia‘s annual client conference, as well as multiple SAP Business Forums in the US and Sweden. He recently spoke at Bombardier’s Global Operators conference on the theme of innovation and trends within the global airline sector. He has earned a solid and powerful reputation for providing unique, customized insight that matches the unique needs and messaging of a client/conference event. There were three events for key customers of CDW, a major distributor and infrastructure company in the hi-tech space; the talk focused around the future of IT, particularly as a foundation for innovation for high velocity companies. There’s a good synopsis of the topic here — Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Aligning Yourself for the Era of Acceleration
  • Disruption and Change in the Insurance Industry: a keynote for GAMA International, a global organization for leaders in the global insurance/financial services industry. There’s a tremendous amount of change happening, and much more yet to come. What did I cover in my keynote? You can read about it in my post, Insurance and Innovation: The Challenge of Change . This is one of many talks I’ve done in the insurance industry over the years; I’ve done talks for most major property and life insurance companies at one time or another, and have shared the stage with CEO’s of many of the organizations in the industry. This has included talks on The Future of Insurance Risk: continuing on the insurance theme, an opening keynote for the client conference of FMGlobal, a leading underwriter of insurance risk in the commercial real estate space. My talk took a look at a broad range of trends that will impact the future structure of buildings, architecture, manufacturing facilities and more. Over the years, I’ve done many talks that have looked at the trends impacting the world of commercial real estate.
  • The Future of Medical Device Technology & Healthcare: a talk for an innovation recognition dinner, and then a talk for key R&D staff, for Philips Respironics, a division of Philips Medical Devices, on how the industry will be transformed through hyper-connectivity, changing consumer behaviour, the acceleration of science and much more. He has keynoted several major medical device conferences, including the largest for UBM Canon.
  • The Future of Education. I was the opening keynote speaker for the EdNet 2016 conference in Dallas, with several hundred senior executives from the “education knowledge industry” (aka textbooks) in the room. Read at overview of my talk, Forge Ahead and Move Fast, in an article from an industry publication. Other keynotes in education include audiences of 2,000+ for the American Society of Private Colleges and Universities, the Institute for Credntialling Excellence, and the Society of Testing Professionals. Most of the major educational publishers — Pearson, Thompson, Cengage and others – have had Jim in for leadership or customer vents.
  • Wealth Management and Industry Change: a private event for CEO’s of 40 companies, each with $1 billion+ in revenue, for a private equity company. It’s one of many talks that I do to help senior executives think about the trends that might impact their lines of business and investments – read more in a blog post, Global Wealth Managers Turn to Jim Carroll for Insight on Trends .  It’s kind of cool to think that family wealth managers for such groups as the Wrigley family foundation, the Rothschild’s, the Bill & Melinda Gates family office, and the  Google and many, many others, have turned to me for insight over the years.
  • The Future of Manufacturing: keynotes for the Association of High Tech Distributors in Napa Valley; for Alignex in Minneapolis; and then a rip-roaring motivational keynote full of the latest manufacturing trends for the the Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing conference. The tweets coming out of these events have been astonishing — people in the manufacturing sector are looking for hope and inspiration, and I seem to be giving it to them in spades. Read more at my post, The Disruption and Reinvention of Manufacturing. There was also a keynote for the 2016 Manufacturing in America Summit in Detroit, with a good, hard look at what is a real renaissance in the sector in North America. There were several other manufacturing keynotes along the way, including for QAD (ERP software for manufacturing companies) and the PowderMetal Manufacturing Association. Everyone knows there is a lot of political rhetoric around manufacturing right now (most of it dishonest) and so I am getting a significant number of bookings in this space from people looking for real insight into the challenges and opportunities in the sector. What’s really going on? Read my blog post, Trends: Why Manufacturing Needs to Reinvent Itself – Fast for more, or hit the Manufacturing Trends section for extensive blog posts, video clips from the stage and more on the reality of manufacturing today.
  • The Future of Seniors Care: two talks in Nashville for senior executives from the North American assisted living and seniors care industry. I was booked by the American Healthcare Organization and the Centre for Assisted Living, and took a look at the opportunities that come from innovative thinking in dealing with one of the most significant challenges of our time.
  • The Future of Construction, Architecture and Infrastructure: a keynote to open the annual conference of the American Concrete Institute. They admitted to me that they’ve never engaged a keynote speaker to open their event — they’ve been rather ‘stuck’ in their ways, if you pardon the pun. Will they do it again! You bet — my talk took a look at what happens when the world of concrete is influenced by fast trends — 3D printing is coming to concrete, and its coming fast! Similarly, I did a talk a talk for the senior leadership and legal team for Kiewit. Who are they? One of the largest organizations involved in massive infrastructure and constructions projects, including energy, highways and more. Check the Energy & Infrastructure section for a bit of insight into the topic areas I covered for these folks.
  • The Future of Recreation, Golf and Interactive Sports: an opening keynote for the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, with a focus on the role of technology in helping to grow the game, attract younger players, and improve the player experience. I was on stage after Lee Trevino, and followed later by Bubba Watson. It was a real thrill, and the 2nd time the PGA has brought me in for a major event! You can read more simply by hitting the PGA tag in my Web site. I opened the Sporting and Fitness Industry Association with a talk on trends impacting the future of sports and fitness. It was kind of fascinating to be followed on stage by Roger Goodall, Commissioner of the NFL! There’s on extensive post I wrote post-event – Avoiding the BIG MISS – Will Your Company Be the Same in 10 Years? as well as Trend: The Future of Sports? All Interaction All the Time. And there’s lots more on the future of sports and fitness in that section of my Web site.
  • Business model disruption. Johnson and Johnson, Whirlpool/AON Hewitt and other Fortune 1000 organizations had me in to speak at major leadership events on specific industry trends and broad trends involving business model disruption and other issues, built around  the theme, What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don’t Do?  The comments back? “We received great feedback about your session.  Attendees found it valuable, insightful, interesting and somewhat terrifying J.  Thank you for being such a great contributor to the event’s success!”
  • The future of agriculture with Reinke Manufacturing and many more ; this is the company that manufactures those giant irrigation wheels you see on farms across North America. In the room were approximately 500 representatives of their dealer network, who were seeking insight on where agriculture goes next. For more, check the agriculture trends section of my Web site, as well as the 10 Trends for Agriculture post, which is undeniably the most popular page on my Web site, as well, it seems, one of the most popular pages on the Internet with respect to the future of agriculture!
  • The future of veterinary care: an invitation-only keynote for leaders of major national and regional veterinary associations, held at the massive National Association of Veterinary Medicine conference in Orlando. My talk took at look at the issues of business model disruption, the impact of social networking on pet care, the rapid evolution of veterinary science and more. I still  have to blog about this one — it was fascinating!
  • The future of future of automotive, trucking and transportation for the North American leadership team of Volvo/Mac Trucks. This was a repeat performance for the group – it’s always great when they invite you back again! This was a talk around the future of the sector — autonomous vehicles, intelligent highway infrastructure, the end of car ownership and more. I’ve been doing quite a few talks around these topic areas — it’s a hot topic. For more, read my post , Accelerating the Auto Industry — and the Challenge of Change, as well as the Automotive and Transportation section of my Web site — lots of video.
  • The global economy and an agenda for growth: People want to know what’s really going on with the global economy. Jim provides concise insight into these trends, with recent keynotes for such global powerhouses as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson, and the National Australia Bank. Jim takes on unique audiences as well: in a recent keynote for the Utah League of Cities. Jim entertained and inspired an audience of mayors and senior leadership staff of cities and towns from all across the state into the national and global trends that are providing for economic opportunity now : thinking about the opportunities of the future, rather than the challenges of the last several years.
  • What’s Next in Healthcare? Healthcare 2020! People are tired of talking about health care reform, and want to know what really comes next! Jim Carroll has been extremely busy in the health care sector. He headlined a private corporate event with senior management of a leading global European healthcare company in Munich, Germany in order to provide some concrete trends on which to build their future strategic plans. He was the opening keynote speaker for the World Pharma Innovation Congress in London, England and opened a conference for 2,000 pharmacists at McKesson IdeaShare. All of these talks focus on the key trends that will transform health through the next decade, far beyond the impact of US and other national efforts at health care reform.
  • How do we innovate faster? What do world class innovators do that others don’t do? Quite a few global organizations in the industrial, commercial products and manufacturing sector have brought me in for CEO or executive level meeting which have concentrated on innovation ; how do we do it, and how do we do it faster? This has include an extensive focus on open innovation and customer oriented innovation.
  • How do we seize transformative opportunities? Many CEO’s and senior executives who arrange for a presentation and interaction with Jim for their senior management team know that we live in a period of significant transformative change, and that opportunities abound, particularly as society works to solve the big problems related to health care, the environment and energy. They also know that there are big opportunities related to business model disruption, the impact of technology, wireless and location intelligence; in seizing upon the changing nature of consumer interaction; and countless other areas where BIG change is happening.

You’ve got issues to address; an agenda that needs to be set; a tone that needs to put out there to start up your event or leadership meeting. Take a look at a few of the potential topic areas Jim can cover and then give him a call to see how he can help you out.

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