Author, futurist & "Chief Unlearning Officer" | The School of Unlearning
Minneapolis, MN, US
Futurist, Best-Selling Author & "Chief Unlearning Officer"
Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist and the author of ten books, including the award-winning bestsellers - The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, and Jump the Curve: 50 Strategies to Help You Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technology. His most recent works include: Unlearning 101: 50 Lessons in Thinking Inside-Out the Box, and Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future.
Jack is the founder and "Chief Unlearning Officer" of The School of Unlearning -- an international leadership, change management, and technology consultancy dedicated to helping businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations prepare for and profit from periods of profound transformation.
Clients include Fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms, and state and regional governments. Uldrich is also a regular contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Leader to Leader, The Futurist, BusinessWeek, The Scientist, CityBusiness, The Futures Research Quarterly, and TechStation Central.
Jack is a frequent speaker on the technology, change management, and leadership lecture circuits, and has addressed numerous businesses, trade associations, and investment groups around the world, including IBM, Cisco, USAA, General Electric, United Healthcare, Wipro, Verizon, General Mills, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also a regular guest on CNBC, MSNBC and CNN.
Uldrich, a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official, also served as the Director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long Range Planning under Governor Jesse Ventura.
Industry Expertise (10)
Areas of Expertise (1)
Jack has delivered hundreds of keynotes around the world. (professional)
A sampling of past clients include:
Young Presidents Organization
World Presidents' Organization
National Cotton Council
Chief Learning Officer Summit
Association of Corporate Growth
Tennessee Hospital Association
Mississippi Hospital Association
Maine Hospital Association
The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
Jack has authored 10 best-selling books (professional)
Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores The Trends Transforming Tomorrow (2012)
Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future (2011)
Unlearning 101: (2010)
Green Investing (2008 & 2009)
Jump the Curve: (2008)
Soldier, Statesman, Peacemaker (George Marshall 2005)
Into the Unknown (Lewis & Clark 2004)
The Next Big Thing is Really Small (Nanotechnology 2003)
Drake University: BA, Economics 1986
Jack also received his master's in public administration from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Jim Hancock, Vice President | Wells Fargo
“Judging from the number of people that lingered to ask a question and the general “post-meeting buzz”, it’s clear that your presentation had people thinking. In all honesty, this is one of the best programs that we’ve had in a long time and we’ve had plenty of excellent ones. Thank you for an entertaining and though provoking program.”
Joe Robles, CEO | USAA
“Dear Jack: Just a quick personal note to thank you again for speaking to our senior management team. Your words were exactly what we needed to set the team’s frame of mind for a day focused on strategy.”
Elisabeth Brinton , Chief Business Officer | Sacramento Municipal Utility District
“Thanks again for coming to SMUD and working with us! At last night’s Board meeting, board members shared that they felt it was, “the best workshop ever.” You are a masterful facilitator! The quality of the dialog and list of assumptions now up for deeper consideration and discussion represent a very positive step forward for SMUD – thank you! If you are thinking of another book – it struck me that you could write a “how to” guide for effective and persuasive communication. Your use of numbers, history, stories, analogies, etc… is masterful. I wish I could have all of our communication staff learn from you! “
Mike Smoczyk, VP, Human Resource Development | Kraus Anderson
“I have been doing professional development for 25 years and Jack is absolutely one of the top speakers I have observed. He spoke to about 200 of our project managers, superintendents and company leaders at the end of a long day of training and everyone was focused on his message. He received very high ratings on our conference evaluation forms. Jack uses humor, facts and creativity to get his message across. This was two years ago and many of our people still reference his talk. “
Amy Purcell, Executive Director | The MoneyShow
“You were the hit of the show, numerous attendees came up to me and other staff members commenting on how much they enjoyed your talk. In fact, there was one gentleman who came up to me just after the opening ceremonies and said that hearing your presentation was worth coming to the show alone and he didn't need to hear anybody else.”
Event Appearances (5)
World Presidents' Organization
10 Future Trends CIO's Need to Know Today
SingTel CIO Days Hong Kong
Why the Future of Health Care Will Require Unlearning
Utah Hospital Association's Annual Meeting St. George's, Utah
Future Trends in Health Care
Maine Hospital Association Portland, Maine
How Future Trends Will Fuel "Green" Sustainability
Global Inspiration Days 2012 Lucerne, Switzerland
Sample Talks (4)
The Future Requires Unlearning.
The pace of technological change is accelerating. Today’s organizations are living in a world where “constant change is the only constant.” New advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology are bringing forth exciting and unexpected discoveries every day, while the expansive and growing power of the Internet, social networking and the open-source movement are fueling the fires which threaten to consume much of today’s existing business landscape.
Jack speaks on future trends for a wide variety of industries including: agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications and the utility industries.
The Future of Health Care
Visit Jack's website at www.jumpthecurve.net for a detailed description of his talks as well as videos and recommendations from past clients.
The Unlearning Curve
An extensive one-day program, this interactive seminar utilizes a series of provocative questions and exercises to explain why unlearning is necessary. It then takes participants then through a six-step process that shows leaders how to unlearn many of their deepest and longest-held assumptions, beliefs, habits and ideas. It is ideal for any organization struggling with change or for those organizations wishing to exploit the next great opportunity.
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- Corporate Training