Julie Austin is an award-winning author, inventor, futurist, innovation speaker, and member of the World Future Society. She’s an internationally known thought leader on the topic of innovation, and CEO of the consulting firm Creative Innovation Group. She’s been an innovation keynote speaker for corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Northrop Grumman, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. She’s also been featured in the books “Patently Female” and “Girls Think of Everything”.
Her patented product, swiggies, wrist water bottles, have been a NASDAQ product of the year semi finalist and are currently sold in 24 countries. Julie and her products have appeared on The Today Show, The Queen Latifa Show, HGTV, Lifetime, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Inc. magazine, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal, along with dozens of TV shows, magazines and radio shows around the world.
Her new book “The Money Garden: How to Plant the Seeds for a Lifetime of Income” is currently available on Amazon.
Julie comes from a background in the TV & film industry and has had jobs as diverse as commercial actor and TV host to TV/film distributor/writer, so she knows the creative, as well as the business side, and customizes her speeches for the audience she’s speaking to.
She will deliver a dynamic, inspiring, and entertaining speech that is customized for your audience. Corporations will benefit from her knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to expand their markets and grow sales.
KEYNOTES, HALF DAY and WHOLE DAY SEMINARS:
(this interactive keynote can also be done as a 1hr. – all day creativity/innovation workshop)
How to Turn Great Ideas Into Great Value
Intellectual property is a valuable asset that is often overlooked by companies and organizations, but could be a steady income stream that brings in money for years to come. Inventor and innovator Julie Austin shows you how to turn your employees into problem solvers, and how to profit from the great ideas they come up with. She gives examples of hospitals, credit unions, corporations, and non-profits who have tapped into their collective intellectual resources to generate a constant flow of income.
All innovation starts with great ideas. Some of the most important innovations in history were discovered by accident, such as penicillin. But there is a deliberate way to discover innovative ideas, whether it’s a new drug, a new product, new delivery systems, or new ways of doing business.
These are simple ideas and ways of thinking that will turn your whole staff into problem solvers. It doesn’t take any extra time away from their jobs, but instead is a problem solving mindset that will greatly improve your bottom line and employee morale. Your payroll is your biggest expense. Why not utilize the collective brain power you’re already paying for, and let your employees have some fun at the same time.
Your attendees will learn:
* How a janitor at Frito Lay accidentally invented one of their most popular products
* How 3 employees at the Rocket Chemical Company invented WD-40 and turned it into a multi-billion dollar business
* The story of how 3M kept all of their employees during the Great Depression, when most companies were laying people off, thanks to the invention of Scotch Tape
* How to build an innovation culture into your company
* Where to look outside of your industry for new ideas your competition will never think of
Julie Austin has trained scientists, engineers, and executives from around the world. As an inventor, patent owner, and international manufacturer, she knows how to instill the innovation mindset that will have your employees generating new ideas quickly.
Attendees will be excited about innovation, and will come back with hands-on knowledge they can use to solve problems, create new products & services, and learn new ways of doing business that will boost your company’s bottom line.
Innovating Within Your Competitive Advantage
All industries face it at some point…disruption. You may think your industry or your company is safe, but when you don’t look into the future and see what’s coming, and when you don’t constantly innovate, you risk the chance of being blind-sided by your competition, the economy, technology, the weather, government regulations, or customer tastes.
Innovation has become a vague buzz word these days. But if you start by innovating within what you do best, or your competitive advantage, you’ll be ready to change when you’re hit with disruption.
Inventor and innovator Julie Austin’s speech is a lesson about companies throughout history that were on the brink of going under because of some kind of disruption, but instead started innovating within their competitive advantage, and not only pulled away from the brink, but succeeded by being able to change course, and ways your organization can head off disruption in the future.
Your attendees will learn:
Large corporations, science labs, small businesses, non-profits When most people think of diversity, it usually only goes as far as skin color. But for a company or organization to really profit from diversity, it needs to go deeper than that. Studies have shown that organizations that have a team of people with different industry backgrounds, different social and economic backgrounds, genders, cultures, attitudes, and belief systems tend to innovate faster and more efficiently.
Failure to create highly diversified teams often results in GroupThink, a psychological phenomenon where the need for group harmony outweighs rational decision-making and stunts innovation. Studies in science labs have proven that the lab teams with the most diversity in all areas created the most innovative projects, and exhausted all possibilities in problem solving.
Attendees will learn:
How extreme diversity generates the most original ideas
Why the definition of diversity needs to change
How to educate your staff and HR reps in a new definition of diversity
How organizations who embrace all diversity will outperform the competition
The Art of Customer Experience
From the economic boom times of the Renaissance to the depths of the Great Depression, savvy businesses have been outwitting the competition by mastering the art of customer experience. Author, futurist, innovator, and historian Julie Austin, traces the roots of customer experience to prove that everything that’s old is new again, and combines those techniques with modern technology to help today’s businesses innovate in any economy.
What your audience will learn:
“If They Care About Your Story, They’ll Care About Your Brand”
How to Use Storytelling to Brand Your Business
People are bombarded with messages all day long. But studies have shown that the ones they remember are the ones that have a good story behind them. In fact, people are 20 times more likely to remember your company or product if it has a good story. The trick is to find what’s compelling about your company or product, and weave the features and benefits into the narrative.
As the gatekeeper for an international Academy Award winning production company, Julie dishes the insider secrets on how to construct a great story. She’s worked in the development of over 1,000 scripts and heard numerous pitches requesting funding from $50,000 to 5 million dollars.
Your attendees will learn:
* How to get people to fall in love with your brand
* Why people need heroes and where you can find them
* How to get people to think of your product first
“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
The New Breed of Women Inventors
Less than 10% of patent holders in the world are women, and Julie Austin wants to change that. Julie is an inventor and has learned the whole process from start to finish on her own, with no mentors, no financial backing and no experience. She started with $5.00 and a ball of clay that she turned into a prototype. Her product, swiggies, wrist water bottles, is now an international NASDAQ winning success.
Attendees will learn:
* The history of women inventors
* Why women are actually better suited to be inventors
* Why women inventors have had such an uphill climb
* How women can compete with men in the inventing field
“It’s Never Too Late to Be Creative”
The Life Extending Benefits of Creativity
They used to say you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks. But scientists are finding out that not only can you learn at any age, you can also grow new brain cells. And one way to do that is with creativity. Studies have shown that people who have a sense of purpose live longer. Creativity gives you a sense of purpose that’s endless.
Julie Austin is an international creativity and innovation expert, and has been a keynote speaker for the senior games and at international senior creativity conferences. In Julie’s inspirational and educational speech, she clears up the myths, and demonstrates how taking creative risks can help you build the confidence to discover hidden talents you never knew you had. She gives a series of techniques you can use in your own life to set you on a path of discovery and growth through creativity.
What attendees learn:
* How an older brain has the same capacity to learn as a younger brain
* How being creative can help you live longer
* How creativity helps you heal from loss
* Why having a sense of purpose will extend your life