Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll

Futurist, Author, Trends & Innovation Expert

     
   
   
   
 
     
     
   
   
   
 
     
Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends and innovation experts, providing strategic guidance and insight to some of most prestigious organizations in the world for over twenty years. He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty and the necessity for fast paced innovation.

He has a track record of inspiring organizations to reframe the opportunity for innovation in the context of significant, transformative change. The PGA (Professional Golf Association of America) selected Carroll to open their 94th Annual General Meeting for his message on future trends and innovation, the first time in their history that they have ever featured an external speaker for their AGM. When the Walt Disney Corporation needed to inspire senior staff on the topics of innovation and creativity, they brought in Carroll. The US National Recreation and Parks Association had Carroll open a conference for 4,000 recreation professionals to inspire them to reframe the context of recreation in the 21st Century. The Swiss Innovation Forum featured Carroll as their closing keynote speaker, delivering a message of the hope and opportunity that can come from being relentlessly focused on innovation.

Carroll’s global client base is extensive. It includes organizations such as: the National Australian Bank, Diners Club, HJ Heinz, PPG, the Minnesota HealthCare Association CEO Summit, Toshiba Australia, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Northrop Grumman, Missouri Governor Economic Development Congress, Johnson & Johnson, Signature Travel, Microsoft, Ernst & Young, US National Recreation and Parks Association, Burger King, Rockwell Collins, Oracle, Illinois Governors Tourism Conference, US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs, Nestle, the Swiss Innovation Forum, Readers Digest Food & Entertainment Group, Motorola, KPMG, World Congress on Healthcare Innovation & Technology, Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut), Towers Perrin, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Swiss Innovation Forum, Property & Casualty Insurance Association of America, World Congress on Quality, SAP Sweden, American Community Bankers, Providence Health Plans, Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd, Verizon, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, American Express, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to name but a few. Hundreds of thousands have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, New York, Vancouver, Cayman Islands, Palm Springs, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, Budapest, Miami, Toronto, Costa Rica, San Francisco, Nassau and Stockholm.

Carroll is an author, columnist, media commentator and consultant, with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He has a 20 year track record in providing direct, independent guidance to a huge, diverse global client base, combined with a previous professional financial background, including 12 years with the world's largest professional services firm. Carroll provides high energy keynotes for audiences of 5,000, or intimate, detailed customized strategic planning sessions for CEO / board / senior management meetings. He has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of associations, professions, companies, individuals and industries including life sciences, health care, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, education, government, consumer products, retail, banking and countless others.

His insight has been recently covered in the UK Telegraph, Dubai’s Capital Magazine and South Africa’s The Star newspaper. BusinessWeek named Carroll as one of four leading sources for insight on innovation and creativity; he was a feature expert on the prime time CNBC series, The Business of Innovation, hosted by Maria Bartiromo. Credit Suisse profiled Carroll in their global customer publication Bulletin, noting that he provides "unique insight on growth."

Carroll 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. He has participated in over 3,000 interviews on radio, television and in print, including media exposure and interviews with ABC News, BusinessWeek, INC, Fast Company, CNBC, Texas Meetings and Events, The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), American Way, The Age (Sydney, Australia), CAPITAL magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, The National Post and PROFIT, to name but a few.

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