Keynote Speaker Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle

Creativity Speaker, Former Head of Innovation for Disney

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $30,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Florida, USA

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About Speaker Duncan Wardle…

Duncan Wardle is an innovation and creativity keynote speaker. As the former Vice President of Innovation & Creativity at The Walt Disney Company, Duncan Wardle spent his 25-year career at Disney developing some of their most innovative ideas and strategies. Ideas that would forever change the way the company expands its impact, trains its employees, and solves its problems creatively. What sort of ideas? How about sending a beloved Pixar character into outer space?

Why Duncan Wardle?

Duncan challenges everyone to claim their own creativity, thus creating a culture of innovation never possible before. The former Head of Innovation and Creativity for Disney, Duncan is now one of the world’s most highly regarded innovation speakers and consultants, teaching companies, brands and individuals across the globe to overcome their own expertise and get out of their own way. To think differently and creatively.

In an age where meetings and projects and presentations have your employees feeling like they are “too busy to think,” Duncan teaches how to create an innovation “light switch.” A way to turn on their creative brain and access the ideas that turn ordinary companies into industry leaders.

It takes time and money to find, hire, and build your teams. So why not leverage the full potential of their creativity and harness the full spectrum of their innovation? Through his pioneering consulting services, Duncan teaches organizations how to do just that, maximizing the ROI they receive on their most valuable resource: their people.

When tasked with developing a creative public relations campaign to launch Walt Disney World’s newest attraction, Toy Story Mania, Duncan made a deal to send the one and only Buzz Lightyear up on NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery, where he took part in the live broadcasts Astronauts beamed back to earth. It was the ultimate in creative cross-promotion, and forever gave Duncan bragging rights, having launched a PR campaign that was literally out of this world!

Back on Earth, Duncan and his team were tasked with leading the Walt Disney creative process for LucasFilms, Pixar, Marvel, Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks and ESPN. Realizing that innovation and creativity were not inherent traits, but something that could be taught and learned, Duncan founded the Creative Catalyst Team. This team was used to teach employees across all the Disney properties how to develop their own “thinking toolkit,” which would enable them to strategically and repeatedly create moments of innovation within their business units.

The program was a massive success, and during Duncan’s tenure, the group trained over 3,000 professional and executive Disney cast members. Participants walked away from Duncan’s program with the ability to think more audaciously when solving challenges and create innovative new storylines, products and services throughout the entire Disney universe.

While Duncan loved the challenge of running the creativity and innovation teams at the world’s most creative company, he understood that his ability to successfully teach others to develop an innovation and ideation toolkit was something that could have a massive impact for people and organizations across the globe. And so, he left to launch his creative consulting company id8, which has quickly become one of the top innovation consulting firms in the world, and in the process, has allowed Duncan to share his creative consultant services and innovation workshops to thousands of employees and executives at companies such as Ford, McKinsey, Coca-Cola, NBA, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Forbes.

With an infectious energy and playful collaboration, Duncan pushes executives and their teams to overcome preconceived ideas, act more audaciously, and develop their own innovation “light switch,” which is a method to activate their creative brain and access the ideas that turn ordinary companies into industry leaders.

Testimonials 3

  • 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

  • In one word I would explain Duncan’s creativity training as transformative. One day with Duncan created more than a year of conversation and fresh approaches to brainstorming throughout our agency.

    Tom Coyne

    CEO, Coyne PR

  • 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.

    Paul Noland

    President & CEO International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

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Demystifying Design Thinking Workshop

Demystifying Design Thinking is more than just an innovation workshop… it’s verifiable a game changer for participants. As a leading innovation consultant, Duncan Wardle shares his insights from his former career of over 25 years at The Walt Disney Company, including his time serving as the Head of Innovation and Creativity.

That’s right…you’ll be learning from the man that pioneered the Disney Innovation Process!

Participants in this workshop will be trained on creative problem-solving, learning how to identify new opportunities within the marketplace, take calculated risks, work collaboratively within their teams and across other departments, bring fresh ideas to market, and drive strategic growth for their organization.

Through an entertaining, interactive workshop, team members will learn about each of the 4 stages of creative problem solving: Initiate, Investigate, Ideate, Activate. 

In the end, your team will think, laugh, share and learn. They’ll walk away with new skillset and toolkit that will greatly increase their ability to innovate, and more importantly, they will be energized and ready to start tackling these creative problems for your business today!

Leading for Creativity Workshop

In this age of artificial intelligence and rapid technological innovation, how can companies stay ahead of the curve? How do you compete when the rules of the game seem to change every single day?

Simple. Be bold. Be memorable. Be brave. And be creative.

Easier said than done, right?

Thankfully, Duncan has compressed his decades of leading the Walt Disney creative process into an immersive creativity workshop. “Leading for Creativity” provides a unique set of 8 “Creative Behaviours” that will help foster a culture of innovation and creativity in your company.

After learning these 8 creative behaviours, your team will be able to achieve new levels of creativity within your organization. The kind of creativity that will allow your business to remain on the cutting-edge of innovation not just for today or tomorrow, but for years to come.

Insights for Innovation Workshop

Have you ever thought how amazing it would be if you could read your customers’ minds? Well, Duncan Wardle had the same thought back when he was leading the Disney creativity and innovation team. So, he figured out a way to do just that, turning himself into a “customer mind reader.” And now, through his innovation workshop “Insights for Innovation,” he’s training teams across the globe to do just the same.

The Insights for Innovation workshop is all about uncovering consumer truth. Duncan will show your team how to fine-tune their mind reading skills and understand exactly what is going on inside your customers’ heads. After several interactive sessions, they’ll have the tools they need to absorb and clarify insights, and develop actionable steps based on what they learn through interacting with your customers.

More than just surface level listening, your team will master the ability to find customer clues, make informed hypotheses, and create innovative solutions focused on what your customer really want and need. The result? A workforce that is practically reading your customers’ minds, and giving your business an incredible competitive advantage in the process.


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