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Quick background

About Jim

Jim is one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts, with a massive global blue chip client list. Over the last 25 years, more than 2 million people have shared his insight at his events.


Clients include NASA; Walt Disney Corporation; PGA of America; Godiva Chocolates; Mercedes Benz; Nikon; Whirlpool; Wall Street Journal; DuPont; The GAP; Siemens; Lockheed Martin; Swiss Innovation Forum; Fairmont/Raffles Hotels International; RGA Reinsurance; National Australian Bank; CIGNA; Pfizer; Nestle; Johnson & Johnson.

Stage highlights

Topics cover disruption, future trends and innovation ... sample keynote topic "Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Innovating in the Age of Acceleration" ... he focuses on a wide vareity of cutting edge trends and issues, including smart cities, self-driving cars, 3d printing, crowdfunding, the sharing economy, blockchains, personal drones, swarmbots, smart dust, vertical farms, Internet of Things, cognitive computing, smart factories, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, quantum computing, intelligent farms, smart clothing and more!

Types of events

He has shared the stage at events with Leonard Nimoy ("Spock" of Star Trek), 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, Astronaut Scott Kelly (last pilot of the Space Shuttle), Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11, Jack Welch of GE, Roger Goodall, the Commissioner of the NFL, Lee Trevino and Bubba Watson of golf, among others.

Sample Topics

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; or keynotes or panel discussions on customer oriented meetings or promotional events.


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. Plus, he's a really nice guy and fun to work with!.

A Sample of Jim's Recent & Upcoming Engagements

PGA - Professional Golf Association

94th Annual General Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts

le Club B

Leadership Meeting - Global Wealth Management
Athens, Greece

Office of the Prime Minster of the UAE

World Government Conference
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Innovation Thought Leadership Event
Greenbelt, Maryland

Swiss Innovation Forum

Global Innovation Event
Zurich, Switzerland

Computer Science Corporation

CSC Executive Exchange
St Andrews, Scotland

Walt Disney Corporation

Leadership Meeting
Pasadena, California

Wall Street Journal

'Putting Capital To Work' Conference
New York, NY

Godiva Chocolates

'Achieving Agility' Leadership Meeting
London, UK and Ghent, Belgium

Nikon Inc

100th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Tokyo, Japan

Worldskills International

International Skills Competition Opening Keynote
Sao Paolo, Brazil

Mondi Corporation

'High Velocity Innovation' Event
Prague, Czech Republic


Annual Utilities Conference
Huntington Beach, California

Whirlpool Corporation

Internet of Things Strategy Leadership Meeting
Chicago, Illinois

Baker McKenzie

Doing Business Internationally Client Conference
Dallas, Texas and Chicago, Illinois

Simplot Corporation

Senior Leadership Meeting
Prague, Czech Republic

NASA Space Centre Houston

Senior Leadership Meeting
Houston, Texas

Mercedes Benz North America

Senior Leadership Event
Detroit, Michigan


HIPO Leadership Meeting
San Francisco, California

Wells Fargo

Global IT Meeting
San Francisco, California


World Energy/Utilities Conference
San Francisco, California

Sandia National Laboratories

Leadership Innovation Symposium
Albequerque, New Mexico

ERA Real Estate

ERA Connect Annual Conference
Austin, Texas

Fairmont/Raffles Hotel International

The Future of Corporate Events
Whistler, Canada

Johnson and Johnson

Global HR Leaders Conference
Montvale, NJ

Boehringer Ingelheim

Senior Leadership 'Agile' Conference
Danbury, Connecticut

T. Rowe Price

Client Investment Symposium
Baltimore, Maryland

International Dairy, Deli & Bakery Association

Global Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana


Global Payments Conference
Phoenix, Arizona

Texas Municipal League

100th Annual Conference and Exhibition
Gaylord, Texas

Genesis Systems Group

Robotic Automation Conference
Davenport, Iowa

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

5th Annual Program / Project Leadership Kickoff
Galveston, Texas

Lockheed Martin

Executive HR Leadership Conference
Washington, DC


Worldwide Operators Congress
Toronto, Ontario

Pearson PLC

CITE Higher Education Leaders Conference
Denver, Colorado

Multi-Unit Franchise Magazine

Multi-Unit Franchise Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada

Consumer Electronics Association

Annual CEO Summit
Ojai, California

What People Say About Jim

"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!"

- PGA of America Annual General Meeting

"On behalf of the entire Innovative Technology Partnerships Office, thank you for your engaging and thought-provoking presentation at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. From the feedback we have received, the event was a great success. Thank you for sharing your insight and expertise with us!"

- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

"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

"A stunning keynote with extremely powerful insight. Humour, energy, deep research and relevant content for our audience. We loved him!"

- Swiss Innovation Forum

"You were amazing. Your presentation exceeded our expectations. Your knowledge and insights were intriquing and inspirational. "

- Nevada Economic Development Council

“Great presentation, great perspective, EXCELLENT on all accounts.” “Outstanding. Very thought provoking which I believe was the intent” “It takes a lot to impress an astronaut. And I'm impressed! Thought provoking!” “I resonated with this speaker; it’s very hard, NASA needs more of this kind of attitude to more readily accept changes to explore/exploit opportunities”

- NASA Space Centre

"Jim Carroll is an exceptional speaker. Period! Jim was the keynote for our U.S. Manufacturing Summit to support advanced manufacturing technologies. He has a boundless energy to support his well crafted presentation. It was thoughtful, persuasive, and entertaining! You have to experience Jim Carroll!"

- DVIRC (Philadelphia Manufacturing Conference

"Absolutely stunning. We know that retail and consumer behaviour is changing fast, but you really put into perspective with detailed insight - it's obvious you did your homework. Not to mention that you inspired, motivate and energized those in the audience -- all while ensuring they had a good laugh early in the morning. The best speaker we have ever had!"

- Godiva Chocolates

"You were amazing. Your presentation exceeded our expectations. Your knowledge and insights were intriquing and inspirational. "

- Nevada Economic Development Council

Jim Carroll delivered an excellent and powerful keynote at our annual Innovation Summit. We selected Jim because of his accessibility and passion to tailor his expertise to fit our vision, this combination produced exceptional results. We will certainly be partnering with Jim in the future and recommend you do the same.

- Amsted Rail

People were really excited and energetic. I got comments about your presentation and the day as a whole like “home run” and “perfect.” Your presentation was policy in a thought provoking way - and with the focus on the future and technology, the Denver Chamber of Commerce will surely see this as a great “jumping off point” to their broader transportation conversation.

- Colorado Transportation Summit

"What's in the future? Jim helped us think about it, challenged us out of any complacency, and inspired us to think bigger!"

- Cruise Line International Association

"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 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.

"You certainly challenged us as to the pace of change the future is bringing to our industry, at the same time that you inspired us to embrace it’s opportunities. You were outstanding! Ranchers are pretty conservative – particularly here in Texas – but you were the best speaker we’ve ever had at our event!

- Texas Cattlefeeders Association

"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 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 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!”


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

“Jim really walks his talk! His commitment to preparatory research for our presentation was most impressive. Jim’s material is powerfully relevant, practical and actionable. He engages the audience with humour, sharing of personal experiences and unfailing courtesy and respect for his audience.”

-Rogers Communications Inc

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