Duncan Wardle
Fee $25K - $40K

Duncan Wardle

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.

Former Head of Innovation & Creativity at the Walt Disney Company; Ted X presenter; Teacher at Yale, Duke, Auburn and University of Florida; Contributor to Fast Company Magazine

Expertise In:

  • Branding
  • Customer Loyalty
  • Creativity
  • Corporate Culture
  • Innovation

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Corporations
  • Senior Management Groups
  • The Marketing and Advertising Industry
  • The Professional Services Industry

Leaning on 25+ years of experience with Disney, most recently as Head of Innovation and 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.

Innovation used to be trendy, but now for most companies it’s about survival. Every CEO wants innovation but they don't know how to embed it across their entire organization and no one has made it tangible for them. With the emergence of the Artificial Intelligence and Gen Z, who care more about purpose than profit, organizations are struggling with what will be the most disruptive decade in industry in recent history. One that requires everyone to Think Different, innovate at speed and solve challenges creatively.

Leaning on his 25+ years of experience with the world's most creative company (Disney,) where he was most recently Head of Innovation and Creativity, Duncan has created a unique approach to innovation and creativity that everyone can actually use to Think Different and innovate at scale, allowing them to embed innovation into everyone’s DNA. 

Featured Experiences

Think Different

Ever wonder why most of your best ideas come to you in the shower? Ever pitched a new idea to watch it diluted or killed as itmoves through the processes? Wanted to know how Walt Disney came up with the idea for a Disneyland or how Pixar leverages core consumer truths to tell stories that connect in a way that other don't? Or perhaps found yourself amazed at how some companies develop killer insights that enabled them to break into major new categories. Building on some 25 years experience with the Walt Disney Company, most recently as Vice President of Innovation and Creativity, Duncan Wardle creates an engaging presentation that will not only answer these questions but leave you with the tools to take on your challenges in new anddifferent ways that deliver tangible results. 

The Theory of Creativity

I believe that the ability to think Creatively is the one core human truth that will remain relevant with the emergence of Artificial Intelligence. But haven’t we all been told we’re not creative? So many times in fact, that we end up believing it. But weren’t we all kids once? Indeed, it is that childlike curiosity that led Einstein and Edison to discover major new theories and Disney and Jobs to create major new industries. Now combine our lack of creativity and curiosity with the world around us. Drones will most likely make fireworks irrelevant in less than a decade. 3D printing will most likely make the traditional tool industry obsolete in the next few years too. So how will we survive if we keep doing "business as usual,” iterating to achieve quarterly results vs innovating to survive? How can we embed a sustainable culture of innovation and creativity throughout our organizations, rather than leaving it to the few? Leaning on 25 years with Disney, most recently as Head of Innovation & Creativity, is on a mission to prove that everyone is creative, by giving them a series of Creative tools they can use to solve real challenges back in the marketplace.

Disrupting Culture

The days of we build it they will come worked for so long, most companies are having a really hard time move from a Product Centric Culture to a Consumer centric one. Yet Walt Disney created that very culture way back in 1955 by simply re-framing the entire challenge of employment. One that remains the benchmark of success that everyone else tries to emulate today. Having spent a decade as Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, Duncan shares a series of case studies about how Disney uses Design Thinking to create real value for their consumers and how that in turn creates record revenues.