Robert  Tucker

Robert Tucker

Business Futurist, Innovation Expert & Best-Selling Author

In-Person Fee Range:
$10,001 - $15,000
Virtual Fee Range:
Up To $5000
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Robert B. Tucker – TEDx
Robert B. Tucker
How To Track Trends
Commencement Speech

Robert Tucker

Business Futurist, Innovation Expert & Best-Selling Author

In-Person Fee Range:
$10,001 - $15,000
Virtual Fee Range:
Up To $5000
Traveling from:

Why Book

  • Globally-renowned TEDx speaker, innovation guru, and Driving Growth Through Innovation author inspires audiences to “futurize our thinking” and capitalize on the MegaForces of change.
  • He helps individuals and corporations build creative, collaborative cultures and devise internal systems required to discover new ventures and prosper in a changing world.
  • He guides businesses to move beyond simple improvements and produce truly game-changing new products, services and strategies.


What sets this futurist and innovation keynote speaker apart? Answer: 30 years of dynamic speaking experiences combined with in-depth research serving the unique needs of each audience!  Robert Tucker has been at the forefront of the future trends and innovation revolution since 1984. As a young journalist in Los Angeles, he began interviewing and studying the most respected futurists, visionaries, and thought leaders of that era. His curiosity piqued by these remarkable encounters, Robert pivoted his entire career to studying the best practices of what he calls “Innovation Vanguard Firms” and how their leaders thrive and adapt amidst ever-increasing industry, technological, and economic changes. Their secret, Tucker tells audiences, is how they develop superior idea management processes to drive growth, and differentiation, and achieve competitive advantage.

During his 30-year career, Robert has been invited to share his ideas in 54 countries and in every state in the US. Leadership groups and governmental sponsors in Singapore, Dubai, Mexico, and Morocco turn to him for thought leadership. They highly rate his sessions and workshops and sometimes have him back again for a second performance. He has advised companies across countless industries: from banking to tech, pharma to defense systems, and almost every industry in between. Clients include Microsoft, American Express, and Citibank, as well as over 400 trade and professional associations and customer user groups on how to create “future-ready” cultures that thrive no matter which way the wind blows.

Traversing the globe, Tucker has been invited to share his strategies (and sometimes to serve as a facilitator, talk show host, and two-day boot camp instructor) with an amazing variety of audiences, in an amazing variety of environments. From addressing the top leaders in Dubai of the Executive Council of United Arab Emirates to presenting to thousands of Asian insurance salespeople gathered in Bangkok’s giant BITEC Convention Center, it’s all in a day’s work for this seasoned personality. From keynoting the prestigious Captains of Industry Conference in Singapore, to a group of students gathered in war-impacted Gaziantep, Turkey (just across the border from Aleppo), Tucker provides each audience with inspiring, powerful “take-home value” as he empowers your audience to tackle even the biggest challenges and disruptive trends.

According to audience surveys the key is Robert’s unique, hands-on research combined with captivating storytelling. “We learn best through stories,” says Tucker, who enlightens audiences to not only understand why they need to futurize their thinking,” but also how to use his methods to see further up the road and to make better, forward-thinking decisions.

Tucker’s pioneering research with his company, Innovation Resource Consultant Group, identified the critical success attributes of 43 leading American innovators and became the acclaimed book, Winning the Innovation Game. Former Intel Chairman Andrew Grove described Tucker’s international bestseller Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change as a “lucid, practical guide to total quality in business.” In Driving Growth Through Innovation, Tucker delved into the emerging best practices of companies pioneering radically more effective approaches to developing cultures of innovation. And in his latest book, Innovation Is Everybody’s Business: Making Yourself Indispensable in Today’s Hypercompetitive World, Tucker takes up the issue of leadership development, and reveals the innovation skills essential to success in today’s hyper-change era.

A multi-year winner of the Top Five Speaker Hall of Fame, Tucker was also awarded the prestigious Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for outstanding contributions to the field of innovation.

Not only has Tucker entertained and enlightened audiences at thousands of events and conferences he has also curated and organized several in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California. The 2023 Pacific Coast Futures Retreat was a resounding success among attendees and speakers. Tucker also worked closely with BigSpeak (speakers bureau), to create the “Elite Retreat” for the top conference producers like ASAE to gather and look at the future of conferences and meetings.

Tucker is a contributor to and has been featured in BloombergBusinessWeekInnovation Excellence, and many other publications. His “Innovation Trends” newsletter is read by thousands of clients and top leaders worldwide. He has appeared on CBS News, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, Network 18 India, the PBS series Taking the Lead, and was a featured guest on the CNBC series The Business of Innovation.

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This fast-paced, future-focused keynote provides a practical framework for business leaders who want to stay ahead of the curve and avoid being blindsided by today’s rapidly onrushing technological, social, regulatory and disruptive industry changes. You and your audience will be inspired to think bigger about emerging possibilities, and you’ll come away with actionable “take-back-to-the-office strategies” to seize the emerging opportunities.


Organizations are increasingly in need of high potential managers and individual contributors with the abilities and mindset to get new projects done. While professionals with functional and technical skills are valued, those with Innovation Skills are emerging as the most sought-after talent in today’s hyper-competitive age. In this practical, inspiring and highly interactive personal development session, Tucker explores powerful tools and strategies to help you and your colleagues hone your ability to seize emerging opportunities, develop new revenue sources, add value, and create unconventional solutions.


This dynamic, example-filled keynote will give you an overview of the important findings reported in Tucker’s ground-breaking book, Driving Growth Through Innovation. Tucker will take you and your colleagues behind the scenes inside the Innovation Vanguard companies. You’ll discover the latest methods for building innovation into a powerful source of growth, profits, and competitive advantage.


Have you ever wished there was a way to spice up those important, but often boring, panel discussions at your big meeting? With the Intelligent Talk Show panelists become “guests” on a “live” show and are more animated, lively and better prepared to get their message across. Guests are more willing to tackle the tough issues that create industry buzz, and the “talk show” often shows up in meeting evaluations as the highlight of the entire conference.


In these practical, highly customized two and three-day innovation workshops, Robert Tucker guides you and your team through a step-by-step process of developing innovation capability in your company. Tucker helps you identify what you and your organization must do to create and implement a systematic, sustainable process of innovation to out-think and out-perform the competition. Tucker delves deeply into the issues of your present culture and helps you master the essential elements necessary to Cultivate a Culture of Risk-taking, and how to Make Innovation Everybody’s Business.


Looking for an alternative way to bring Robert Tucker’s powerful ideas to your group or organization? An ever increasing number of our corporate and association clients are using online webinars to extend the impact of a live presentation, or deliver innovation training online for employees. If you would like to explore how a customized innovation webinar could advance your group’s objectives, we’d love to hear from you.

Robert Tucker Reviews

“Many speakers claim to custom tailor their presentations to the organization or industry for whom they are speaking. It has been my experience that few actually do. You are certainly an exception. Your use of specific examples gleaned from your conversations with our members, as well as the custom slides, really made an impact on our attendees.”

— Pet Industry Distributors Association

“Thank you for your excellent presentation at the recent 3M Marketing Communications Conference. It is obvious you put a lot of yourself and your time into developing and delivering your presentation. Thanks again for providing numerous helpful insights for all of us to take back to our workaday worlds.”

— 3M Marketing Communications Conference

“Your keynote was excellent, enjoyable and widely accepted. Thank you for setting the stage for our Symposium by addressing the theme with wisdom, energy, humor and countless examples that we could all relate to. Thank you again for your contribution. It has been a pleasure working with you and your staff.”

— Amgen

“Your presentation was well targeted and extremely well received by our delegates and your concurrent session was very popular as well. Thanks again for helping make the Governor’s conference a big success.”

— Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

“The feedback from employees has been very positive. You delivered a straightforward formula for them to remember, but certainly dove deeper in a meaningful way. Thought you would like to know that several employees felt immediately compelled to return to their desks and forward emails to the CEO Mailbox, and they keep on coming. Thank you for your insightful presentation.”

— Ocean Spray

“I thought the talk show format worked out very well, delivered exactly what I was hoping for and met the Committee expectations. I was very glad that the Committee agreed to engage you to “host” that program rather than trying to do it themselves (their first thought).”



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