Duncan Wardle

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Former VP of Innovation & Creativity for the Walt Disney Company, Disruptor, Infectious Energy

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5 Video(s) By This Presenter

Duncan Wardle – Introduction
Duncan Wardle – Live Event Highlights
Duncan Wardle – "The Theory of Creativity" TEDx
Duncan Wardle
Innovation in Crisis

4 Programs By This Presenter

In his over 25-year career at the world’s most innovative organization – The Walt Disney Company – keynote speaker Duncan Wardle learned many important things about building a profitable business and winning creative culture. The most important? If you want to be different, you have to think different.

As one of the most impactful creativity speakers, Duncan leans on his experiences as the Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney to take audiences on a journey. Throughout Think Different, they’ll be given a unique set of Innovation Tools and Techniques – the same ones Duncan used with teams inside the Disney organization. These include the breakthrough “What If” creative thinking tool, made famous by Walt Disney himself, who used it to pivot his company from simply an animation house to an entertainment and theme park pioneer.

After this immersive crash course from the acclaimed creativity keynote speaker, your organization’s ability to mine for creativity and innovation will be drastically improved. In the end, your audience will leave with an actionable set of steps they can take to immediately start reshaping your company’s culture, creating a space where innovation thrives, and teams are encouraged and rewarded when they think different.

Innovation is not something that happens by chance. It’s the result of building an environment in which it can thrive.

Duncan Wardle knows a thing or two about fostering an environment of innovation. During his time as the Head of Innovation for a company known for redefining pretty much every industry they touch – The Walt Disney Company – Duncan’s decades of success weren’t merely a matter of luck or chance. No, his results were a direct reflection of his ability to create an innovative culture, and ensure that everyone on his teams were put in a position to let their inner creativity run wild.

In his Embedding Innovation Into Everyone’s DNA keynote, Duncan will share the exact steps and strategies used to create such an environment. Your team will learn how to create safe spaces for taking creative risks, ensure everyone on your team is empowered and thinking like an entrepreneur, and transition from the ideation stage into action. He’ll also share a creative problem-solving tool called “What Else,” which will prime your organization to discover innovative ideas each and every time you set out to tackle a challenge.

In the end, your team will walk away from this keynote with a fresh outlook on their day to day tasks, and be ready to approach them with new levels of creative thinking, allowing innovation to flourish.

The best brands in the world don’t thrive simply because of their great product or service. They thrive because of an unrelenting passion and focus on customer experience.

Throughout Customer Experience Magic, creativity keynote speaker Duncan Wardle will show your audience what can happen when your organization transitions from a product-centric focus to a customer-centric one, and the steps you’ll need to take to get there. He’ll share a famous real-world example from his time as the Head of Innovation and Creativity at The Walt Disney Company, where they found themselves facing challenges brought on not by their direct competitors, but by retail behemoth Amazon, whose lightning-fast fulfillment and delivery systems drastically changed how long consumers were willing to wait to be served.

As Duncan walks your audience through this example, he’ll share the exact steps they took to turn this problem into a massive opportunity, and how they used it to reshape the way Disney serves its theme park guests, creating a whole new echelon in customer experience. A new level of experience that’s frequently deemed to be “magic” by their guests.

By the end of this interactive presentation, your audience will have developed a whole new understanding of customer experience, and will be able to reframe all the challenges facing your organization, finding those unique opportunities to create some customer experience magic.

1.Take the unprecedented chaos that surrounds us. Add one beautiful silver lining—one that admonishes the #1 barrier to innovation—“Time to Think!” We have more time than ever at present.

2. Sprinkle in hundreds of declining industries that have been in a slow decline for some time, that will now see that decline accelerate really quickly as no one gets to go back to “Business As Usual!”

3. Mix in the fact that people are hurting, employees are scared, and we could all do with a dose of distraction and inspiration.

4. Combine all three ingredients and pivot to a whole new approach, reinventing the way we do business by creating a whole new tool kit that makes innovation easy, creativity tangible, and the process fun.

5. Top off with a dose of Magical Pixie Dust: Duncan Wardle, with 25 years of experience with Disney, the world’s most creative company (most recently as Head of Innovation and Creativity).

6. And bake for an hour. Could be a webinar, a virtual workshop using virtual breakout rooms and whiteboards, to help your team think different and reimagine your way to business as “Unusual!”


“Duncan was an inspiring part of TEDx. His knowledge and experience are matched by his enthusiasm for delighting the audience with his wit and charm. I look forward to working with Duncan again- learning & exploring, in-depth, through his design workshops!”

— TEDxLadyBirdLake

“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 and Social Media Marketing World

“Duncan’s workshop sparked our creative minds and gave us tools that will pay dividends for years to come. My team was thoroughly captivated, fully engaged, energized and inspired. Look no further than Duncan for one of the best investments you will ever make in your business.”

— Orlando Magic

“Duncan has amazed all of us and our audience during his visit to Colombia. Addressing to an audience of over 1,000 people he was able to land innovation and creativity in very simple and practical steps, and in a very fun way also! It is obvious that his over 20 years of experience with outstanding results in his back has given us also proven results of his proposed methodology. As a speaker, he comes across very simple, clear but with an incredible passion that is so contagious, you don’t realize how time goes by in his presentation!”

— Tigo Une

“We’ve had the pleasure of having Duncan speak at three different events in 2017. Each time, he was the audience favorite, hands down. His presentations are work sessions designed to be fun, interactive, and fast-paced. Duncan is true wealth of creative knowledge and inspiration, and he helped our members stretch their out-of-the-box thinking.”

— Path to Purchase Institute

“Duncan has a unique way of connecting with an audience and challenging them to approach creativity in a radically different approach. Considering that many of the people in the audience are creative people by nature and job description, that is fairly remarkable. Duncan’s insights and sense of humor keep the audience engaged from start to finish!”

— International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

“Duncan was fantastic!  The room was just a little lighter than expected, but our virtual audience was very well populated to help balance it out.  He was very well received and getting to talk to him before and after the session (for me & my team) was almost as good as the session itself.  Hearing about the things that he is doing now that he is retired form Disney and running his own company, was very cool and insightful.”

— AXA Equitable Life

“Duncan has great energy that is infectious to the audience. He’s also very gracious with his time in talking with and greeting attendees.”

— eLearning Guild

“Inspiring, engaging, funny and super creative!”

— L’Oreal USA
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