jeremy utley

• Director of Executive Education at the Stanford d.school

• Reimagining Design Thinking

Jeremy Utley is the Director of Executive Education at the Stanford d.school, where his 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. The co-author of the book ideaflow, coming from Penguin Portfolio fall 2022, and co-host of the popular Paint & Pipette Podcast, continues to work on invention, discovery and entrepreneurship and demystifies the counter-intuitive techniques that drive productive creativity. Known for his work in Lean Start-Up and Design Thinking methodologies, Jeremy shows their ability to drive product development and consumer engagement at a fraction of typical product development costs. 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

How Breakthroughs Happen

Our problems with problem solving come from a profound misunderstanding of the nature of creativity. Drawing on more than 12 years of research and instruction at Stanford University, Jeremy illuminates the myths and biases that keep us from routinely breaking through. Filled with humor, inspiring stories, and shocking research, Jeremy demystifies the habits of mind that have the power to turn smart people into creative geniuses. Turbo charge your organizational capacity for breakthrough thinking and innovation with this dynamic keynote.


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

In the tradition of perennial sellers like Creativity, Inc., and Flow, Jeremy Utley of Stanford’s innovation-focused d.school 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 will 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, Jeremy will 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, Jeremy will 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, Jeremy will illuminate the mindsets which distinguish Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Drawing on years of running the startup accelerator, LaunchPad, he'll 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.

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

More info: www.launchpad.stanford.edu

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, Jeremy will deliver an engaging and dynamic speech and workshop designed to help organizations amplify the innovation potential of the diverse teams he's helped assemble. Don't leave potential on the table. Turn your diverse team into a sustainable competitive advantage.

Books

Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Matters

Stanford d.school directors Jeremy Utley and Perry Klebahn show leaders how to dramatically boost business results by amplifying the creative output of their organizations, drawing from their popular Stanford courses.

LaunchPad: A Founder's Guide to Starting a Company

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

Podcast

Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship instructors Jeremy Utley and Mar Hershenson shine a spotlight on spectacular female founders, illuminating their unique strengths and exposing the challenges they face along their entrepreneurial journey. These stories foreground the founders and their development as creative and enterprising leaders in business and social impact.

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