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Jack Uldrich

Speaker, Futurist & Best-Selling Author


Acclaimed global futurist, best-selling author and speaker Jack Uldrich is frequently asked, “What will the future look like?” His response is, “Predictably unpredictable.” So how can you prepare for the unpredictable? The answer will surprise you. The key is embracing paradox: learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, recognizing failure as a key component of success, and understanding that an awareness of one’s ignorance is a key component of true wisdom. Download Jack Uldrich's 2022 predictions. +

Uldrich paints vivid pictures of what the world may look like in just a few short years. He provides an in-depth exploration of how the “internet of things,” big data, social media, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, and “collaborative consumption” will change everyday life for all of us in the very near future. He follows through with upbeat, practical, and actionable insights on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management, and transformational leadership.

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.

He is an advisor to Fortune 1000 companies and has spoken to hundreds of businesses and organizations on five continents, including General Electric, General Mills, the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Pfizer, Invitrogen, St. Jude Medical, AG Schering, Imation, Fairview Hospitals, Touchstone Energy, and more.

Widely-Respected Expertise and Best-Selling Books. Uldrich is the best-selling, award-winning author of 11 books, including his latest, Foresight 2020: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow, and the upcoming book, The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow's Twelve Transformational Trends, Today. His other well-known titles include The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition, and Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies. He is also the author of Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money through Environment-Friendly Stocks, Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future, Unlearning 101: 101 Lessons in Thinking Inside-Out the Box, among others.

Uldrich is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, and NPR, and he is an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, WIRED, and BusinessWeek. His work has appeared in the Futurist, Future Quarterly Research, the Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, Management Quarterly, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications around the country. He also regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel’s FutureScape and the Discovery Channel show Inside Out.

Unlearn Your Assumptions. Uldrich is the founder and “Chief Unlearning Officer” of The School of Unlearning—an international consultancy designed to assist organizations succeed tomorrow by unlearning today. He is known for his willingness to work with clients well in advance of his presentations in order to deliver highly tailored presentations that are guaranteed to help his clients not only profit today, but continue to prosper long into the future.

Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He previously served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning. --

Topics & Categories
  • Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
  • Business Management & Strategy
  • Change | Change Mgmt.
  • Corporate Culture
  • Creativity | Innovation | Disruption
  • Digital Transformation
  • Economics & Finance
  • Energy Issues
  • Future of Work
  • Future Trends
  • Global Issues
  • Human Resources & Workplace Culture
  • Information Technology (I.T.)
  • Leadership
  • Risk & Risk Management
  • Science & Technology
  • Virtual Presentations

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.

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.

*Virtual Presentations*

The Great Reset: The Emerging Age of Reimagination, Reconnection & Renewal +

A great reset is now upon us. Less obvious is the reality that the world was quietly being reset prior to the pandemic. The rules of business were being rewritten by an extraordinary cadre of individuals, enterprises, and organizations willing to:

  • rethink long-held assumptions,
  • reinvent products and processes; and
  • re-establish new and innovative ways to re-engage with both their employees and the wider world.

These leaders are at the vanguard Generation RE--an ageless cohort of change agents working to recreate the world anew. Jack Uldrich is now offering a refreshing, entertaining, and insightful virtual keynote to explain how leaders can embrace and leverage the principles of “Generation RE” in order to

  • reframe problems into opportunities,
  • restore communities and our natural world,
  • reconnect with employees and customers at a deeper, more meaningful level, and
  • reimagine a better, bolder and more beautiful future. --

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

In this engaging, provocative, and insightful keynote session acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will not only discuss how Coronavirus is transforming the world of tomorrow, he explains why it is accelerating many of the trends that were already at work prior to the epidemic. History reminds us that great crises 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. --

Additional Presentations:

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.” --

Foresight 20/20: Ten Trends Transforming Tomorrow +

What will 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. --

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 Uldrich — hailed by BusinessWeek as “America’s Chief Unlearning Officer”— explains why unlearning is a critical skill for your organization. --

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 Uldrich will not only explain the Internet of Everything, he will help participants understand how they can prepare today in order to prosper tomorrow. --

Business as Unusual: Your Company's Path to an Unrivaled Future +

The world is accelerating. Technologies are growing exponentially, and trends are converging in unexpected and unimaginable ways. Global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will explain in no uncertain terms how exploring the unknown; embracing uncertainty, unlearning old habits and assumptions, getting comfortable being uncomfortable, listening to unorthodox ideas and unconventional people, thinking unthinkable things, and believing unbelievable dreams will pave your path to an unrivaled future.. --

Vuja De: Strolling Backwards into the Future +

“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. --

Question the Future! +

Today, 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. --

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, audiences 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. --

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. --

Jack Uldrich is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, Jack Uldrich's speaking schedule, * fees & booking Jack Uldrich, contact us. *Fee range indicated is in USD & for in-person events. Contact us for "virtual" keynote pricing.

What Clients are Saying

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!

–International Dairy Foods


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!

–International Dairy Foods

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.

–Pfizer Essential Health

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!



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