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Jacob Morgan

Author, Futurist & Highly Sought After Keynote Speaker
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Why the Future of Work is All About the Employee Experience
We all spend a lot of time and money trying to create great and meaningful experiences for ourselves. We have certainly all heard about the customer experience, but what about the employee experience? In this keynote address Jacob will explore three environments that create employee experiences: digital (or technology), cultural, and physical. Attendees will learn what makes up these three environments, what some of the world’s most forward thinking companies are doing, and how they can start making changes to their organization’s to focus on the employee experience as a way to attract and retain top talent.

The Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work
In this session Jacob explores the impact that globalization, new behaviors, mobility, millennials, and technology are having on what the future of work is going to look like. Attendees will get a great overview of why and how organizations must adapt to these five trends and how these five trends are changing the way we work, lead, and structure our organizations.

The Internet of Things
In the next few years it’s estimated that we will see anywhere from tens to hundreds of billions of connected devices in the world. These include everything from cars and toothbrushes to wearable devices and appliances. But what does the internet of things actually means for consumers and organizations? What should organizations be thinking about and what will this new type of a connected world look like? This keynote session provides an intriguing look at the impact that the internet of things is going to have o our world.

Innovation Ecosystems and the 5 Types of Innovation
Innovation used to be something that was done behind closed doors by a small group of people within a company. In this session Jacob explores how innovation has changed and looks at the 5 types of innovation models that companies should practice today (employee, customer, partner/supplier, public, & competitor), and how this forms the new innovation ecosystem. The session is full of stories and examples and takes a look at how the world of innovation is evolving.

The Robots are Coming! 
A keynote session which looks at the world of robots and automation and the potential impact that this might have on the workforce. There is much debate and conversation going on around robots taking jobs away from humans and what the jobs of the future might look like; all of these things are explored along with a look at some of the fascinating new technologies which are making their way into organizations.

Millennials in the Workplace
This new demographic is projected to comprise around 50% of the workplace by 2020 and 75% of the workplace by 2025. This is a generation that doesn’t know what its like to get 200 emails a day, sit in a cubicle, or access legacy technology solutions to find people and information. Millennials have a new attitude about work and new approaches and expectations to how work should be done. In this keynote Jacob will explore how millennials are impacting organizations around the world and what these organizations need to do to adapt and attract this new workforce.

Women in Leadership
Jacob has a whole section in his new book devoted to exploring why we need more women in leadership positions. This session explores the state of women in leadership, why we don’t have more in senior level roles, and what can be done to help improve the situation, and most importantly, WHY we need to make this a priority for our organizations.

The Future Manager 
This session explores the role of management is changing and what the key tenets of the future manager are. Essentially it answers the question, what will the future manager look like and how will they help run organizations of the future? The session also provides a brief historic look at management as well as action items.

The Future Employee
An exploration of what the future employee looks like and how they will expect to work. The session focuses on the key tenets of the future employee, new crucial behaviors the future employee must possess, and how the overall employee landscape is dramatically changing.

The Future Organization
This keynote explores why many organizations today may be in trouble going forward and what they can do about it. The reality is that organizations today need talent much more than good talent needs organizations. The session focuses on what organizations of the future are going to look like and what they need to do to stay competitive in the new work landscape.

The Freelancer Economy
A session exploring how the rise of freelancers are impacting and affecting the future of work. Topics such as the fight for talent, benefits of freelancing, an overview of the freelancer economy, and the choices that college students and employees need to make, are all explored in this session. With the majority of the U.S. workforce predicted to be freelancing by 2020, this is clearly an impactful trend.

The Managerless Organization
Do we need managers? What are the benefits of managers? What will happen if we get rid of managers and are organizations out there actually doing this? All of these topics and more are explored in this session which look at how successful organizations are operating in a world where there are no managers, no hierarchies, and nobody tells you what to do.

The 5 Types of Organizational Structures
Since the beginning of business most people have become familiar with one type of organizational structure, the hierarchy. However today, forward thinking and progressive organizations around the world are experimenting with new ways to structure themselves. In this session Jacob will explore why hierarchy is fading away and what it’s being replaced by. The session is filled with plenty of examples and stories of what companies around the world are doing.

Wearables in the Workplace
Many of us are already familiar with devices such as the Fitbit, Google Glass, or the Nike Fuel Band. All of these are popular “wearables” that consumers use on a daily basis. However, wearable devices are starting to make their way into the workplace and millions of these devices are projected to be inside of our organizations in just a few years. But what’s the impact of wearables in the workplace? Are they a good idea? What direction are we headed in with wearables and what should organizations be thinking about? This keynote sessions explores all of those things and much more!

The 12 Habits of Highly Collaborative Organizations
This keynote looks at the 12 common variables that successful organizations focus on when it comes to collaboration in the workplace. Each variable is illustrated with an example of a company that is “doing it.” Attendees walk away with clear next steps that they can implement at their organization. This keynote makes sense for organizations that are thinking about or are already deploying some sort of collaboration platforms.

Engagement isn’t Just a Buzzword
87% of employees around the world not engaged and many companies around the world say they care about this yet do very little about it oftentimes just “checking off the right boxes” to say they tried. In this keynote session Jacob will explore the factors that contribute to employee disengagement and provide attendees with the tools and strategies they need to fix this problem. This is a great inspirational and motivational session to get your employees excited and energized about your company!


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After graduating with honors in business management economics and psychology, Jacob was excited to join the corporate world. At his first job he was told that he’d be traveling the country, meeting with executives and entrepreneurs, and doing all sorts of exciting work. A few months in, he was stuck doing data entry, cold calling, and PowerPoint presentations. One day the CEO came out of his nice corner office, handed Jacob a $10 bill and said “I’m late for a meeting, go grab me a cup of coffee, and get something for yourself s well.” That was the last corporate job he ever had.

Today Jacob Morgan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the future of work and employee experience. He is the best-selling author of three books: The Employee Experience Advantage (2017), The Future of Work (2014), and The Collaborative Organization (2012). Jacob speaks at over 40 conferences a year on topics ranging from AI and automation, management and leadership, the future of work, the 4th industrial revolution, employee experience, the internet of things, and other related themes. He also provides advisory and thought leadership services to various organizations around the world.

Jacob is also the founder of “The Future If,” a global community of business leaders, authors and futurists who explore what our future can look like IF certain technologies, ideas, approaches and trends actually happen. The community looks at everything from AI and automation to leadership and management practices to augmented reality and virtual reality, the 4th industrial revolution and everything in between. Visit to learn more. His work has been endorsed by the CEOs of: Nestle, Best Buy, Cisco, SAP, KPMG, Schneider Electric, T-Mobile, Whirlpool, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Zappos, Atari, and many others.

In addition, Jacob hosts The Future of Work Podcast a weekly show where he speaks with senior executives, authors, and business leaders about how the world of work is changing. His Youtube series, The Future in 5, explores the latest concepts and ideas around the future of work with inspiring and educational 2-3 minute snippets which are all professionally shot and edited. He has also contributed to and been cited in publications such as Cosmopolitan, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, Glamour, the MIT Sloan Management Review, USA Today, and The Harvard Business Review.

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“Jacob delivered a compelling and insightful presentation to our audience of top performers on how the workplace is changing. Attendees walked away more informed, inspired, and ready to lead change in their organizations. I definitely recommend Jacob as a speaker.”
--Amadeus IT Group

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