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Jack Uldrich speaks over 100 times a year to a wide variety of businesses and organizations, especially on the transformation of health care, agriculture, education, energy, finance, retail and manufacturing. He argues that creativity and action are more powerful and versatile than knowledge. His speeches are packed with energy, anecdotes, and thoughtful business and personal advice that educate, entertain, and inspire audiences.

Keynote Speaker

Jack Uldrich is highly regarded as a keynote speaker. His authoritative speeches on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management and leadership are filled with knowledge, insight and creativity. Jack provides provocative new perspectives on competitive advantage, change management and transformational leadership. He brings to light the advantages of being creative and using the powers of individual imagination.  
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Change Management

Jack Uldrich is a leading expert on helping businesses adapt to change. He has served as an advisor to Fortune 1000 companies, and is highly regarded for his ability to present complex information in an entertaining, understandable way. Whatever your industry or organization, Jack will work with you to create a customized presentation, workshops or breakout sessions to inspire, energize and enlighten your audience.  
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Speaking topics

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    • Custom Presentations

    • Jack is known for his willingness to work with clients in order to deliver highly tailored presentations that are guaranteed to inspire and motivate. His sessions are designed to not only help your organization profit today, but continue to prosper long into the future. Jack tailors presentations to a variety of fields, including health care, energy, education, agriculture, finance, manufacturing, retail and investing. Ask how he can create a customized presentation for your organization.

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    • The RE Generation: The Coming Age of Reimagination, Reconnection, and Regeneration

    • The “RE Generation” is a generation not defined by age but rather by ethos and action. There exists a growing cadre of individuals, business, corporations, organizations, and not-for-profits that are remaigining the world of tomorrow, reconnectioning to the things that matter most in life, and are fashioning a truly regenerative future. In this engaging, optimistic, and heart-lifting keynote presentation, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will not only explain how the “RE Generation” is remaking the world and what this means for you and your organization, Uldrich will explain how you can (and should) become part of the RE Generation.

      Jack’s book, The RE Generation, which dives deeper into this topic is expected in the summer of 2022.

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    • The Big AHA

      How to Future-Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today

    • In the near future, the greatest change will be the accelerating rate of change itself. In this enlightening, entertaining and educational session, Jack shares insights from his book, Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today. He outlines the ten trends that will transform the world of tomorrow. Jack also identifies concrete actions businesses can take today to future-proof themselves against “the tides of tomorrow.”

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    • Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Your Business in Transformational Times

    • The world has catapulted into a future of deep change. In this engaging, provocative, and insightful keynote session acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will show how the world of tomorrow is exponentially changing and he explains why so many of the trends that were on the horizon in the past year continue to accelerate.

      History reminds us that great challenges produce great change – as well as great opportunities. To take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities, businesses must position themselves now to operate in a world where “business as unusual” is the new “usual.” This session will help leaders at every level of an organization leverage ten “unconventional” techniques to succeed in today’s–and tomorrow’s–transformational times.

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    • A More Beautiful Future: Why it Matters and How to Create It

    • In this powerful and inspirational new keynote, leading global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich cleaves together today’s tectonic technological shifts with yesterday’s timeless principles to craft a clear-eyed and compelling vision of the future.

      Appealing to the mind and heart, Uldrich spells out why the key to unlocking the future requires leaders and organizations to mindfully balance today’s hard trends with the ancient wisdom of the past.

      The paradoxical combination of focusing like a laser on businesses’ bottom-line while simultaneously casting a broader light on the importance of embracing the interconnectedness between business, humanity, community, and the natural world will not only ensure an organization’s near-term survival, it will position it to grow and thrive across generations.

      Jack’s stories, insights, and core message will awaken his audiences to new ways of seeing, hearing, feeling, and thinking, as well as empower them to work toward the creation of a more beautiful future for themselves, their families, their companies, their communities and, ultimately, the world.

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    • Foresight 20/20

      Ten Trends Transforming Tomorrow

    •  The next decade is less than a handful of years away. What might the world of 2020 like look like? How will you and your business have changed? More importantly, how will you and your organization need to change? The answer, in two short words, is: a lot!

      Consider this: Six years ago Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Smartphones and cloud computing were all still in their infancy, and Uber, “The Internet of Things,” and the “sharing economy” didn’t yet exist. Now, fast forward a few years into the future and try to comprehend how accelerating advances in cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, mobile web video communications, virtual and augmented reality, social media, robotics, gaming dynamics, renewable energies, “Big Data”, cyber-security advances and, quite possibly, quantum computing will continue to drive seismic change and deliver paradigm-shattering transformation to nearly every facet of society. It’s not easy.

      In this engaging and entertaining keynote presentation based on his book (Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow), globally renowned futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich takes the guess-work out of understanding the near future by providing an in-depth exploration of how 10 technological trends will transform the world of 2020.

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    • The Future Requires Unlearning

    • Today, we live in a world where “constant change is the only constant.” New advances in technology bring forth exciting discoveries every day. But often lost in this new reality is the fact that organizations must unlearn old, obsolete knowledge and old ways of doing business, before they can seize tomorrow’s opportunities.

      In this fascinating, informative and interactive presentation, Jack — hailed by BusinessWeek as “America’s Chief Unlearning Officer”— explains why unlearning is a critical skill for your organization.

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    • How the Internet of Things Will Open Up a Future of Opportunity

    • By 2020, it is estimated that 50 billion physical objects will be connected to the Internet. What does this mean for your business? In a word, everything. The “Internet of Things” is poised to radically transform customer behavior, business models and the nature of business itself. In this powerful keynote session, Jack will not only explain the Internet of Everything, he will help participants understand how they can prepare today in order to prosper tomorrow.

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    • Vuja De: Strolling Backwards into the Future

    • Title: Vuja De: A Futurist Takes a Backwards Stroll into the World of Tomorrow

      The perfect keynote for any company, organization or association celebrating a major anniversary”!

      Winston Churchill once said, “The farther back one can look, the farther ahead one can see.” He was right. And what better time for any organization to look into the future than when celebrating 25, 50 or 100 years of success?

      Global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich has the unique ability to use yesterday’s history lessons as a prism for helping his clients and his audiences understand how the world of tomorrow will be transformed. He has created dozens of customized keynote presentations for centennial celebrations as well as diamond, golden and silver anniversaries. From organizations as diverse as the Casualty Actuarial Society and Stiles Machinery to the Cleveland Community College and the International Card Manufacturers Association, Jack always leaves his audiences proud of their rich tradition and past accomplishments but poised to confidently create their new future. Find out how he can do the same for your organization or company.

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    • Question the Future!

    • questionanswervalueToday, the greatest change is the rate of change itself. Put another way, society is transitioning to a period of constant transition. The net effect is that “answers” about the future are decreasing in value. This reality is, paradoxically, placing greater emphasis on the need to ask better questions.

      In this thought-provoking but practical presentation, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich shares with his audience how the art and science of framing and asking better questions can not only help individuals and organizations survive tomorrow’s rapidly changing environment but thrive by providing the key insights necessary for confidently creating their own future.

      To learn more about how Jack can customize this presentation for your group or organization, please contact Amy Tomczyk at amy@jackuldrich.com or 651-343-0660.

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    • How to Think Like a Futurist

    • The average lifespan of a Fortune 1000 company is 15 years–and dropping. Why is this happening? Primarily, it’s because companies are so focused on the present, they fail to appreciate how the world of tomorrow is changing. Smart companies hire futurists to survive. Wise companies learn how to think like a futurist and instill a “future mindset” throughout their organization.

      In this interactive, engaging and educational seminar, best-selling author and renowned global futurist Jack Uldrich will instruct you and your team on how to “think like a futurist” and “future-proof” your organization in the process.

      Specifically, you will:

      • Understand the trends transforming the world of tomorrow and learn how to become aware of what is coming next before your competitors;
      • Develop an appreciation for both why humility is critical in navigating the uncharted waters of tomorrow and why unlearning will be as important as learning in the future;
      • Learn how to take action in the face of uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapidly changing conditions;
      • Most importantly, you will adopt the mindset and acquire the tools to begin creating the future yourself.


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    • The “Un-Economist”

    • Economists are bright, intelligent, well-intentioned individuals but there is one big thing they don’t know: They don’t know what they don’t know.

      Take a moment to consider how often professional economists miss the next big shock to the global economy because of an unknown, unforeseen, unexpected or highly unlikely event.

      In 1998, the economy was on the brink of a global meltdown because of a little-understood algorithm. In 2001, an unforeseen terrorist attack rocked the world economy. In 2005, unexpected technological advances in horizontal drilling and fracking technology sparked an energy renaissance that turned America into the largest net producer of energy in the world–an event no economist saw coming. And, most recently, the housing crisis and the ensuing global recession escaped the collective attention of every known economist.

      Jack Uldrich is different from your ordinary Economist. Billed as the “Un-Economist” Jack Uldrich doesn’t claim to be able to predict the future. But, by focusing on what organizations “don’t know,” he does help them remain vigilant, humble and adaptable so that they are better prepared to meet whatever challenge is coming next.

      If you are looking for a speaker to complement your traditional economist, best-selling author, global futurist Jack Uldrich is the perfect addition to your next event or conference.

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  • Judging from the number of people that lingered to ask a question and the general “post-meeting buzz”, it’s clear that your presentation had people thinking. In all honesty, this is one of the best programs that we’ve had in a long time and we’ve had plenty of excellent ones. Thank you for an entertaining and thought provoking program.

    - Jim Hancock, Wells Fargo

  • Jack Uldrich did the best job getting us to think about how fast things are changing today and that we had better be ready for the ramping up effect of technology and how it will impact our business.


  • Your opening address for our conference was the best keynote presentation we have had in years. You were inspiring, thought provoking, motivational, and practical all at once. But don’t take my words for it—73% of the people who attended your presentation gave you a five out of 5 and the other 27% gave you 4++.

    - Janice Mashak, Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

  • He helps you look at yourself, your life, and your business in a way that you do not usually do.


  • Thanks again for coming to SMUD and working with us! At last night’s Board meeting, board members shared that they felt it was, “the best workshop ever.” You are a masterful facilitator! The quality of the dialog and list of assumptions now up for deeper consideration and discussion represent a very positive step forward for SMUD – thank you!

    - Elisabeth Brinton, Chief Business Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

  • I have been doing professional development for 25 years and Jack is absolutely one of the top speakers I have observed. He uses humor, facts and creativity to get his message across. This was two years ago and many of our people still reference his talk.

    - Mike Smoczyk, Kraus Anderson

  • Jack Uldrich was an extremely knowledgeable and engaging facilitator. I was impressed with his ability to bring both his work as a futurist and as a change management expert to bear on our regional issues.

    - Chris Morrill, City Manager, Roanoke

  • You were the hit of the show, numerous attendees came up to me and other staff members commenting on how much they enjoyed your talk. In fact, there was one gentleman who came up to me just after the opening ceremonies and said that hearing your presentation was worth coming to the show alone and he didn't need to hear anybody else.

    - Amy Purcell, The Money Show

  • I would like to sincerely thank you for stepping up to the plate and hitting the ball out of the park with your presentation on unlearning at our NAPM educational conference…your tangible examples gave our members optimism and ideas!

    - Dan Feder

  • As you probably remember, this was AASHTO's centennial meeting during which we celebrated AASHTO's 100th birthday. Our morning plenary agenda included North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Both are top notch speakers. Indeed, we have enjoyed many very good speakers over the past few years at AASHTO meetings, but Jack was able to rise to the top and truly connect with AASHTO's audience through his delivery of good information that was tailored to our business, sprinkled with a sense of humor and excellent delivery. I would highly recommend Jack Uldrich for any organization that is needing to give its members concrete reasons to look beyond the immediate concerns of the day.

    - Lloyd Brown, Director of Communication, AASHTO, November 2014

  • Fantastic, inspiring, relevant, provocative, informative, insightful, entertaining, professional, compelling … and a dozen more adjectives that I have heard used to describe the keynote and workshop you delivered at our Summit.

    - Rene Shepherd, The Vision Council

  • The generosity and openness you brought to your presentation on unlearning really set a tone of optimism and creativity that lasted the whole conference and contributed to nearly every session that followed.

    - Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group

  • Enjoyed his perspective and he really inspired me to think.


  • Dear Jack: Just a quick personal note to thank you again for speaking to our senior management team. Your words were exactly what we needed to set the team’s frame of mind for a day focused on strategy.

    - Joe Robles, CEO, USAA

  • To say that Jack was a homerun as a keynote for our Better Ways Healthcare Conference would be an understatement! We typically have our team provide a rating on their experience and Jack scored a 10 out of 10. Our team characterized him as insightful, thought provoking, authentic, fun and energizing. As an organization, Vynamic truly appreciated the time that Jack took to understand us and what we were trying to achieve with this conference. He adeptly wove key themes into his key note that carried forward throughout the conference. We look forward to working with Jack again in the future and introducing him to our clients in the healthcare industry. We went through a very thorough process in vetting a keynote speaker and Jack was the perfect fit!

    - Mindy McGrath, Healthcare Industry Learning Lead, VYNAMIC

  • We received excellent comments about your presentation and how relevant your content is to the conversations we are focused on here about building the strategy for our future and taking action to move us in a positive direction. You did a great job of hitting the mark for us, and folks are quoting you and referencing points and examples from your presentation - which is certainly a testimonial on your effectiveness. We are happy we found you!

    - Teresa Ashworth, Customer Strategy and Support, Tennessee Valley Authority

  • Jack was great! People loved him and found it very interesting and informative. One quote from an evaluation: “He literally blew my mind”.

    - Atul Lele, Chief Investment Officer, Deltec Bank & Trust Limited

  • You made the day! Everyone is talking about your presentation and, more importantly, thinking about the ramifications of what you said. We were successful in meeting our objectives, in large part because of your presentation and how well it set the stage for the speakers that followed you. While our Summit was targeted to innovation and the future, your presentation would be well received in any setting. If we are asked by anyone for a suggested keynote speaker, we will heartily give you a recommendation.

    - Khalid B. Mahmood, President and CEO Old World Industries, LLC

  • What pleasure to have worked with you over the past few weeks culminating in today’s fantastic presentation. The feedback from our colleagues has been a mix of “OH MY GOD” and “THAT’s SO COOL” and “Where do we even begin?” – exactly what we wanted to accomplish today. You helped us set the stage for the team as to why we need to keep our eyes open, and not be blind to the change coming and the opportunities that these changes could represent for us should we be willing to have a “beginner’s” (aka learner’s) mindset.

    - Isabelle Langelier, Pfizer Essential Health

  • Your presentation was extremely well received and is being called our “best program ever.” We continue to hear positive comments about your session and are absolutely delighted with the audience response. You were a perfect set up for what we were trying to achieve with our theme: [Shape] the Future. To put it simply-- you nailed it!

    - Heather Soubra, International Dairy Foods