Keynote Speaker

8:45 a.m. | Wednesday, August 29
KEYNOTE – Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof HR Against the Top Workforce Trends Transforming Tomorrow 

Jack Uldrich is an acclaimed global futurist, speaker, and best-selling author who is frequently asked, “What will the future of HR look like?” His response is, “Predictably unpredictable.” So how can you prepare for the unpredictable? The answer will surprise you. The key is embracing paradox: learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, recognizing failure as a key component of success, and understanding that an awareness of one’s ignorance is a key component of true wisdom. Jack paints vivid pictures of what the world may look like in just a few short years and its many impacts on human resources. He provides an in-depth exploration of how the “Internet of Things”, “Big Data”, artificial intelligence, blockchain and “collaborative consumption” will change everything in the very near future, and what we can do now to get ready. He will provide upbeat, practical and actionable insights on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, and change management in human resources.


Jack Uldrich | Global Futurist, Speaker, Author

Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning best sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel and is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio. Jack is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek. Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning under Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His most recent book is Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and his forthcoming book is Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.