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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 20 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!

Consider his track record, in this short 2 minute video:

  • NASA has had him in — twice — to help shape their thought process about the future, including issues around ‘the disruption of the space industry,’ ‘leadership transformation’ and the acceleration of science and innovation
  • after a presentation by Jim, the Walt Disney Corporation made the comment, ” Jim’s storytelling approach really helps to get his points across!”
  • 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 2016 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 insight is sought internationally. He was one of two speakers to address 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; and 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 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 has shared the stage 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, Astronauts Scott Kelly and Chris Hadfield, Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11, Newt Gingrich, Jack Welch of GE, Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL, Lee Trevino and Bubba Watson of golf, among 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

At an agricultural conference in New Orleans, Jim challenges the audience to embrace a world of fast change and constant innovation.

  • Jim’s client list is a veritable who’s who of global leaders — including the PGA of America; Godiva Chocolates; Whirlpool; the Wall Street Journal; DuPont; NASA; Sandia National Laboratories; Noble Energy; The GAP; 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 – Commissary Agency; 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….all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth!

    On stage in Chicago for a manufacturing conference of 3,000 people


  • 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 ABC 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.

Jim Carroll on stage in Las Vegas keynoting the IMXchange – Interactive Manufacturing Exchange — conference, with a talk on the future of manufacturing and the necessity for continuous, relentless innovation. He regularly headlines major conferences worldwide.

  • 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 Zurich, 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

If you are visiting this site, then you are thinking about the issue of innovation in the context of future trends. Here’s a good place to start: do you find that people respond to new ideas by responding, “but we can’t do that, because we’ve always done it this way!” Or that people laugh at new ideas, and no one can remember the last time anyone did anything really cool?

Try out a few of Jim’s unique ideas on innovation get you started on your voyage into become an innovation leader:

  • The Innovation Killers
  • 10 Great Words for Innovation
  • 10 Ideas for Instilling an Innovation Culture
  • The Masters of Business Imagination Manifesto
  • 10 Surefire Ways to Destroy Innovative Thinking
  • Innovative Thinking: Thing Big, Start Small, Scale Fast
  • What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don’t Do?
  • Innovators Aren’t Afraid to Ask Tough Questions

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