Former Head of Innovation & Creativity at The Walt Disney Company

Duncan Wardle
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Duncan Wardle At A Glance:

Leaning on 25+ years of experience with Disney, most recently as Head of Innovation & Creativity, Duncan creates an engaging, immersive keynote that leaves the audience with a unique set of tangible tools they can actually use to embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their own organizations.

Duncan Wardle, formerly Disney’s Head of Innovation and Creativity, works with brands like Coca-Cola, Ford, and Johnson & Johnson on developing a culture of creativity across everything they touch. As a senior executive with the Walt Disney Company, Duncan infused a culture of innovation with a start-up mindset across one of the most creative companies in the world via his unique innovation toolkit.

Duncan fills his presentations with colorful Disney anecdotes, vibrant drawings, and his trademark artistic touch. He shares the creative techniques and behaviors to develop big, innovative ideas. He stirs and unleashes the audiences’ creative juices, delivering his message with infectious energy and playful collaboration. He inspires in people an energetic desire to seek out new and usual places to uncover innovation.

From his first day as an intern with Disney in their London office in 1987, Duncan’s Disney career was nothing less than magical—hosting Princess Diana and her two young princes in 1993 at Walt Disney World; launching Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998; creating the Superbowl halftime show in 2000; sending his son’s Buzz Light-Year into space in 2008 as a way to open Toy Story Mania; and hosting a fully-grown Prince Harry at Walt Disney World for the Invictus Games in 2016.

Duncan helps audiences discover the massive impact that innovative thinking can have on an organization and how that benefits corporate culture. The man who pioneered the Disney Innovation Process spotlights creative problem solving, how to identify new marketplace opportunities and drive strategic growth. He offers strategies on how to improve customer experience, embrace calculated risk and helps teams work collaboratively. In his quest to unleash the magic within each individual and organization, Duncan helps people overcome their expertise and get out of their own way, enabling them to think differently and creatively about solutions to challenges big and small.

  • Think Different

    Duncan’s shares insights from his time as Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, providing a unique set of Innovation Tools and Techniques that everyone can use to Think Different.
  • Embedding Innovation into Everyone's DNA

    How do you create a culture that embraces risk and entrepreneurialism, allowing everyone to innovate? Here Duncan shares how he infused a culture of innovation across the world’s most creative company, Disney.
  • Customer Experience Magic

    How to transform a product-centric culture into a consumer-centric one? How companies can create Customer Experience Magic by deeply understanding their consumer and how they can transform their culture with amazing results.
While Duncan spoke to a large and packed room, people were inspired and hung on his every word. Many claimed it was one of the best presentations they'd ever experienced. If you're looking for an amazing speaker who can motivate others to innovate, then look no further than Duncan Wardle.

— Michael Stelzner, Founder & Social Media Examiner, Social Media Marketing World

In true Disney fashion, Duncan’s teaching methods are educational and entertaining. He has successfully introduced new ways of thinking into our company, paving the way to invigorating and enhancing our culture of continuous innovation and creativity.

— George Scammell, Director of Interior Design, Princess Cruises

Duncan’s power comes from his engaging exercises, energetic delivery and the memorability of his tools. When a 100 year old brand starts replacing stagnant approaches with expansive language like “how might we?” or “Yes, And,” - you know the culture is beginning to shift.

— Lori Geoffrey, Director of Digital Experience, Pacific Gas and Electric

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