Jack Uldrich

Speaker Jack Uldrich futurist and business keynote speaker

Jack Uldrich

Speaker Jack Uldrich futurist and business keynote speaker

Speaker: Jack Uldrich

Acclaimed Futurist and Best-Selling Author

Speech Topics Include:

  • The Future Requires Unlearning
  • Innovating Out of the Recession and Into a More Successful Future

Keynote speaker Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best-selling author. As a speaker Jack Uldrich is noted for his ability to deliver stimulating, new perspectives on competitive advantage, organizational change, and transformational leadership, while helping businesses to adapt. Uldrich is highly regarded for his unique ability to present multifaceted information in an entertaining and understandable manner that stays with his audiences long afterwards.

His speeches on topics such as future trends, emerging technologies, innovations, change management, and leadership prove to be captivating and provocative. Uldrich has served as an advisor to Fortune 1000 companies and has spoken to hundreds of businesses and organizations, including General Electric, General Mills, the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Pfizer, Invitrogen, St. Jude Medical, AG Schering, Imation, Fairview Hospitals, Touchstone Energy, the Insurance Service Organization, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, and the National Paint & Coatings Association.

Jack Uldrich’s best-selling and award-winning books include, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition,  and Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies. He is also the author of Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money through Environment-Friendly Stocks. His most recent works include Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future and Unlearning 101: 101 Lessons in Thinking Inside-Out the Box.

Uldrich’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the Futurist, Future Quarterly Research, the Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, Management Quarterly, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications around the country. He is also a recurrent guest of the media worldwide, having appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio on numerous occasions.

Speker Jack Uldrich is the founder and “Chief Unlearning Officer” of The School of Unlearning—an international consultancy designed to assist organizations succeed tomorrow by unlearning today. Jack Uldrich is known for his willingness to work with clients well in advance of his presentations in order to deliver highly tailored presentations that are guaranteed to help his clients not only profit today, but continue to prosper long into the future.

A Novelist Goes to Hollywood

A discussion of the rewards and perils when the movies buy your books. Six of my books have been purchased in Hollywood with one movie and two TV miniseries resulting. I recount the fun-interaction with stars and many good creative experiences-and the follies of Hollywood’s complex business calculations, which sometimes make sense when you understand their perspectives.

How I Got To Be Two Things

Humorous reflections on having two careers. Tracing my early ambition to be a novelist, my many early failures and how the great break of my literary career turned out to be my decision to go to law school, with the ensuing challenges of maintaining careers as both a writer and a lawyer.

Where Are You Perry Mason?

A discussion of the popular image of lawyers, focusing on the dizzying ambivalence Americans feel about lawyers and tracing the reasons for both their liking and loathing:  attorneys’ power in American society, their perceived dark sides and their ideals as reflected in stories in books, movies and TV.

Confessions of a Death Penalty Agnostic

A balanced discussion of capital punishment. As a prosecutor I supported the death penalty reluctantly, but my experiences as a defense lawyer and as a member of the Illinois Capital Punishment Commission made me realize that the important question about capital punishment is not whether it’s moral but whether it can work as a legal institution to give Americans what they want from it.

The Billable Hour Must Die

Reflections on how contemporary billing practices interfere with the practice of law.

Storytelling in the Courtroom

A novelist talks to lawyers.

Government Ethics In Illinois: An Oxymoron?

Is there such a thing as a culture of corruption?  How does it sustain itself?  How can the same political culture produce both Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich?  What are the prospects for reform?  And what reforms seem essential?

Truth to Justice?

 How the truths of the legal system often seem alien to lay persons.

It’s Only Words:  Thoughts of a Lawyer & Novelist

 A serious dissection of the meaning of voice and rhetoric from the prospective of both a lawyer and novelist.

Language, Truth and Professionalism

How the law’s professional culture alienates lawyers from the public they mean to serve.

Being an Author in the 21st Century

The e-book and its effect on publishing, the threats of book piracy, Google books and the prospect of universal access, and the many challenges as our model changes from IP law as the haven of individual creators to an instrument for corporate competition.


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