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Duncan Wardle

FounderiD8 & innov8

Miami, FL

Member Since March 2021


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Drawing on his experience as Head of Innovation & Creativity at the world’s most creative organization, the Walt Disney Company, Duncan now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their organization. ➊ Inspirational Keynote Speaking: As a Keynote Speaker, Duncan has shared his strategies with companies such as McKinsey & Company, Disney, Apple, Forbes, NBA, Coca Cola, and more. “While Duncan spoke to a large and packed room, people were inspired and hung on his every word. Many claimed it was one of the best presentations they’d ever experienced. If you’re looking for an amazing speaker who can motivate others to innovate then look no further than Duncan.” Michael Stelzner, Founder, Social Media Marketing World. ➋ Creativity & Innovation Workshops: Duncan not only inspires companies to be more creative and innovative, he gives them useful, tangible tools. He marries strategic thinking with creative ideation to deliver game-changing and measurable results. “Duncan’s workshop sparked our creative minds and gave us the tools that will pay dividends for years to come. My team was thoroughly captivated, fully engaged, energized and inspired. Look no further than Duncan for one of the best investments you will ever make in your business.” Lisa Cotter, VP of Marketing, Orlando Magic. ➌ Why Duncan? His unique approach to #DesignThinking places the end user at the core of the creative process, uncovering new and usual insights for innovation and instantly propelling any business to greater heights. If you: • Are looking for an Innovation Keynote Speaker • Need to create a culture of Innovation & Creativity • Need tools that you can implement immediately • Need game-changing & measurable results Visit: or email: Specialities: Keynote Speaker, Creativity Consultant, Innovation Consultant, Creativity Speakers, Innovation Speaker

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How diversity, equity and inclusion promotes business innovation

expert panel

To truly innovate and tap into your company's full creative potential, you need a diverse workforce with equal access to opportunities. Innovation in business is powered by unique perspectives and new ideas. At the forefront of innovation is diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Having diverse perspectives from teammates who come from different backgrounds ensures that your team approaches a problem from multiple angles and this can lead to faster resolutions. Diverse teams also adapt to changes more easily, reach more potential customers and offer the opportunity for ground-breaking change. As leaders in their industries, the members of Fast Company Executive Board understand the importance of innovating and the role diversity, equity and inclusion play in achieving it. Below, 15 of them shared the most impactful ways that DEI fuels innovation. 

Company details

iD8 & innov8

Company bio

Ignite a culture of innovation and creativity within your company Having worked for the Disney for 25 years, most recently as Head of Innovation and Creativity, Duncan now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their organizations. Delivering a series of keynotes, training workshops and ideation forums, his unique Design Thinking process helps people capture unlikely connections, leading to both fresh thinking and revolutionary ideas. Leaning on his experience at Disney, Duncan’s unique approach to Design Thinking not only places the end user at the core of the creative process, but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation. That is a competitive advantage that instantly propels any business to greater heights. Duncan helps companies, brands and individuals overcome their own expertise and get out of their own way, to think differently and creatively about solutions to challenges big and small. He is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Innovation and Design Thinking workshops at Yale, UNC and the UF. He holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Queen Elizabeth.


Social impact & nonprofit

Area of focus

Innovation Consultant
Innovation Speaker

Company size

2 - 10