Duncan Wardle

Tagline: Innovative Creativity

Talent Highlights

  • Innovative Leadership at The Walt Disney Company: As the former Head of Innovation and Creativity at The Walt Disney Company, Duncan Wardle played a pivotal role in shaping the company’s culture of innovation. Leading diverse teams across the globe, Duncan spearheaded initiatives that resulted in groundbreaking experiences for Disney guests, from theme park attractions to digital innovations.
  • Founder of ID8: Duncan Wardle’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish ID8, a consultancy firm dedicated to fostering innovation and creativity within organizations. Through ID8, Duncan brings his wealth of experience and expertise to clients worldwide, empowering them to unlock their creative potential and drive meaningful change.
  • Global Keynote Speaker: Renowned for his captivating presence and dynamic speaking style, Duncan Wardle has captivated audiences at prestigious events and conferences around the world. Whether delivering keynote addresses to thousands or facilitating intimate workshops, Duncan’s infectious energy and insightful wisdom leave a lasting impression on attendees.
  • Pioneering Design Thinking: Duncan Wardle is at the forefront of the Design Thinking movement, pioneering a unique approach that emphasizes the power of unlikely connections and fresh perspectives. His methodology, honed through years of experience at Disney, equips individuals and teams with the tools they need to navigate complexity and innovate with purpose.
  • Award-Winning Thought Leader: Duncan Wardle’s contributions to the fields of innovation and creativity have earned him numerous accolades and awards throughout his career. From industry recognition to glowing testimonials from satisfied clients, Duncan’s impact is felt far and wide, inspiring others to rethink the status quo and embrace the possibilities of the future.

Keynote Topics

The ability to think creatively is the one core human truth that will remain relevant in the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence. Everyone has the power to be creative!
But wait, do you believe that you are not the “creative type”? That we should leave the creativity to the “Creatives”? For most, this has happened so many times that we end up actually believing it. For adults, not being creative is an accepted fate.

With an education and corporate structure that encourages finding the single “right answer” to every question, we are trained to fall in line, and shut down that creative portion of our brain.

But weren’t we kids once? Turning boxes into spaceships and pillows and blankets into forts and castles? What happened to that creativity?

Fortunately, that childhood creativity did not dissipate – it’s just lying dormant, waiting to be brought back to life!

During the Theory of Creativity™ Keynote, Duncan Wardle will share innovation tools developed from experience with thousands of global Fortune 500 companies and 30 years of experience with the Walt Disney Company, most recently as Head of Innovation & Creativity.

By the end, your audience will walk away with a series of unique Creative Behaviors and Innovation Tools to leverage their creative minds, deliver revolutionary thinking and drive substantial results in all areas of your business.

The best brands in the world may have great products and service, but they thrive because of an unrelenting passion and focus on customer experience.

Through this engaging and interactive Keynote, Duncan will share how to transform your business from product-centric to customer-centric and reap the rewards that come when customers believe the work you do is truly magic.
Duncan Wardle will share with your team famous real-world examples from behind the scenes from his time as the Head of Innovation and Creativity at The Walt Disney Company.

Showcasing challenges brought on by direct and indirect competitors, Duncan will share real-life and timely examples of how ever-evolving organizations drastically changed consumer behaviors.

As he shares the exact steps Disney and other companies have taken to turn problems into massive opportunities, he will dig into the new revenue opportunities and enhanced customer experiences.

By the end of this interactive presentation from Duncan Wardle, your audience will have developed a whole new understanding of customer experience, and you will be empowered with tools to reframe any challenges facing your organization, finding those unique opportunities to create some customer experience magic of your own!

The ability to think creatively is the one core human truth that will remain relevant in the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence. Everyone has the power to be creative!
But wait, do you believe that you are not the “creative type”? That we should leave the creativity to the “Creatives”?

For most, this has happened so many times that we end up actually believing it. For adults, not being creative is an accepted fate.


(5 reviews)

Travels from:

  • Orlando, FL

Fee Range:

  • Fees* $35,001 - $50,000




Duncan Wardle stands as a pioneering figure in the realm of innovation and creativity, wielding his expertise as the founder of ID8 and as the former Head of Innovation and Creativity at The Walt Disney Company. With a remarkable knack for cultivating innovative brands, captivating narratives, and immersive experiences, Duncan is celebrated worldwide for his […]

Duncan Wardle stands as a pioneering figure in the realm of innovation and creativity, wielding his expertise as the founder of ID8 and as the former Head of Innovation and Creativity at The Walt Disney Company.

With a remarkable knack for cultivating innovative brands, captivating narratives, and immersive experiences, Duncan is celebrated worldwide for his transformative impact. As an award-winning global Keynote Speaker, Duncan brings his wealth of knowledge to life, delivering captivating speeches, engaging workshops, and invaluable consulting services.

His mission? To equip teams with the essential tools they need to kickstart innovation and drive tangible results.

Duncan Wardle | Creativity

Expertise and Background:

Drawing from his illustrious tenure at The Walt Disney Company, Duncan Wardle is a luminary in the field of innovation, recognized for his unparalleled ability to spark creativity and foster groundbreaking ideas. Throughout his career, Duncan has honed his craft, pioneering a unique approach to Design Thinking that taps into the power of unlikely connections.

His methodology is not just theoretical; it’s practical and results-driven, empowering individuals and teams to break free from conventional thinking patterns and embrace fresh perspectives.

Duncan’s influence extends far beyond the boardroom, as evidenced by his captivating presence on the speaking circuit. Armed with infectious energy and boundless enthusiasm, Duncan captivates audiences with his compelling insights, leaving a lasting impression that transcends the confines of the stage. His masterful storytelling, coupled with real-world examples gleaned from his time at Disney, resonates deeply with listeners, igniting a passion for innovation and instilling a sense of possibility.

With an impressive repertoire of speaking engagements spanning the globe, Duncan Wardle has cemented his status as a sought-after thought leader in innovation and creativity. Whether delivering a keynote address to thousands or facilitating an intimate workshop, Duncan’s dynamic presence and unparalleled expertise inspire audiences to think differently, embrace uncertainty, and embrace the transformative power of innovation.

Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Innovation toolkit helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA. Duncan is a multiple TED speaker and contributor to Fast Company, Forbes & the Harvard Business Review. He teaches innovation Master Classes at Yale, Harvard, and Edinburgh University.

Duncan Wardle Theory of Creativity™, unique design thinking creative process and tools have created innovative business results for Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilms as well as other Fortune 100 companies such as Pepsi, NBA, NBCUniversal, Coca-Cola, IBM, Princess Cruises, and Apple.

Why Book Duncan Wardle:

Event planners seeking to ignite inspiration and foster innovation within their teams need look no further than Duncan Wardle. With his unparalleled track record of success at The Walt Disney Company and his innovative approach to Design Thinking, Duncan offers a unique perspective that transcends traditional boundaries. His engaging speaking style, coupled with practical tools and strategies, empowers teams to unleash their creative potential and drive meaningful change within their organizations.

By booking Duncan Wardle, event planners can ensure an unforgettable experience that goes beyond mere entertainment. Duncan’s presentations are catalysts for actionable change, equipping attendees with the mindset and tools they need to tackle challenges head-on and unlock new opportunities. His ability to distill complex concepts into digestible insights ensures that audiences leave inspired, energized, and ready to embark on their innovation journey.

Why Use Speakers Inc:

Event planners entrusted with curating unforgettable experiences for their audiences understand the critical role that speakers play in shaping the narrative of an event. By partnering with Speakers Inc, planners gain access to a curated roster of top-tier talent, including luminaries like Duncan Wardle.

With a wealth of experience in the industry, Speakers Inc understands the unique needs of each event and works tirelessly to match clients with speakers who can exceed expectations. From seamless logistics to unparalleled customer service, Speakers Inc ensures that every aspect of the booking process is handled with precision and professionalism, allowing planners to focus on delivering an exceptional event.

Summary and Conclusion:

In summary, Duncan Wardle emerges as a beacon of innovation and creativity, leveraging his extensive experience at The Walt Disney Company to empower teams and organizations worldwide. As the founder of ID8 and a globally renowned Keynote Speaker, Duncan’s impact reverberates far beyond the confines of the stage, inspiring audiences to embrace new possibilities and unlock their creative potential.

With his innovative approach to Design Thinking and his captivating speaking style, Duncan Wardle stands poised to revolutionize the way we think about innovation, one audience at a time. Partnering with Speakers Inc ensures that event planners can access the transformative power of Duncan’s message, creating unforgettable experiences that leave a lasting impact.

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