jeremy utley

• Director of Executive Education at the Stanford

• Reimagining Design Thinking

When it comes to creativity and analytics, Jeremy Utley’s blend of on-your-feet thinking and penetrating insight have earned him a reputation as a go-to advisor for CEO’s and start-up founders alike. He teaches two celebrated courses at Stanford, d.leadership, and LaunchPad, which are focused on creating real-world impact with the tools of design. He is also on the teaching teams of, an organizational design course, and Transformative Design, a course that turns the tools of design onto graduate students’ lives.

One of the most prodigious collaborators at the, Jeremy has taught alongside the likes of Lecrae, Dan Ariely, Laszlo Bock, and Greg McKeown. On his 10th birthday, his father asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Jeremy replied, “One of the people who carry boxes with handles.” Jeremy is a recovering investment analyst and management consultant who does not try to hide his love of spreadsheets. He came to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with his heart set on leveraging his experiences in Africa and South America to pursue a career in economic development, but an unexpected encounter with the while working at a start-up in India changed his trajectory. His time as a postgraduate design fellow showed him that how he worked was more important than what he did. Today, Jeremy helps people change their deeply-ingrained beliefs about themselves and discover, as he did, that it is possible to make a creative contribution to the world. He does this through teaching as well as by growing alongside his students to become better in his own life and work every day.

Jeremy is the Director of Executive Education at the, and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s School of Engineering, where he has earned multiple “favorite professor” distinctions from graduate programs. He holds a BBA with Honors in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin (2005) and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (2009).

Speech topics

Ideaflow: How Leaders and Entrepreneurs Drive High-Volume Creative Output with Transformative Results

In the tradition of perennial sellers like Creativity, Inc., and Flow, Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley of Stanford’s innovation-focused restore creativity to its position of central importance in business, offering managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs a robust and flexible set of disciplines for generating more and better ideas—and dramatically boosting the creative output of their organizations.

Disruption: Driving Innovation With Customer Insights

In this 70-minute session, Jeremy and fellow d.schooler Perry Klebahn, illuminate the critical role that consumer insights play in driving disruptive innovations, the psychological biases that blind us to seeing such insights, and tools professionals can use to overcome these biases. Drawing from years of research and practice at Stanford University, Perry and Jeremy weave stories of corporate innovation together with hands-on activities to deliver a high-impact session that opens participants’ eyes to a new, more human way of working.

Participants leave this session with a deeper understanding of, an appreciation for, and practical tools of design to drive their teams to better customer insights, and action.

Rapid Experimentation and Product Development

Low-Resolution prototypes and rapid experimentation have been popularized by the Lean Start-Up and Design Thinking methodologies for their ability to drive product development and consumer engagement at a fraction of typical product development costs; yet there are critical psychological biases that keep teams from using these tools. In this 70-minute session, Perry and Jeremy showcase several tools for rapid prototyping and user testing, and provide tangible experiences to convey the importance of the shift to rapid experimentation for the entire team.

Participants leave this session with a deeper understanding of, an appreciation for, and practical tools of rapid prototyping and how they can use them actively in their current work within an organization.

LaunchPad: The 4 Key Mindsets that Drive Silicon Valley’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In this 70-minute session, Perry and Jeremy illuminate the mindsets which distinguish Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Drawing on years of running the startup accelerator, LaunchPad, they highlight new ways of working to create value in the marketplace, both as an individual founder, and as a team within an established organization. Participants leave this session with a deeper understanding of, an appreciation for, and practical tools to that they can use from a start up team in their work within a larger organization.

Perry and Jeremy will bring these lessons to life and draw that connection clearly back to their work.

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Leveraging the Creative Potential of Diverse Teams

Many organizations have recognized the benefits of constructing diverse teams. Fewer have robust practices for leveraging the diversity of perspectives they have gathered, let alone processes for amplifying the benefits that a diverse team can contribute to the organization. Drawing upon academic research and real-world experience, Klebahn and Utley deliver engaging and dynamic speeches and workshops designed to help organizations amplify the innovation potential of the diverse teams they've assembled. Don't leave potential on the table. Turn your diverse team into a sustainable competitive advantage.


LaunchPad: A Founder's Guide to Starting a Company

From the professors behind Stanford Design School's (aka "the") famous course, the game-changing class at Stanford for innovators and entrepreneurs is now a book for everyone.

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