David Zach

  • Professionally Trained Futurist
  • American Institute of Architects national board of directors member
  • Business Trends Speaker

David Zach is one of the few professionally trained futurists on this planet, having earned a master`s degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Of course that was back in 1981, which means it`s pretty much history by now...

As a futurist, he`s worked with over 1400 associations, corporations and colleges offering insights on the personal and professional impact of strategic trends. In other words, he gives funny, fascinating and thought-provoking talks and workshops about both trends and traditions with innovation, design, technology, business, education, demographics and society.

In his work, he studies history more than forecasts. He doesn`t want to tell people what to think about the future, his goal is helping them to understand how to think about the future. He thinks fascinating forecasts can be fun, but thoughtful, long-term choices between change and tradition are much better.

Dave Zach previously worked at Johnson Controls and Northwestern Mutual Life in the roles of environmental scanning and strategic planning. He has also taught Future Studies in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He is the author of Zachronyms: funny words for funny times and Worth Remembering: the future of old ideas.

Dave was recently elected to the American Institute of Architects national board of directors and is on the board of the American Chesterton Society. Past activities include: Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Advisory Council, Future Milwaukee Advisory Board, the Community Advisory Board for the local NPR station WUWM, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, chairman of the Goals for Greater Milwaukee 2000 Education Committee and co-chair for Design Milwaukee.

To book futurist David Zach call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

See Below for Full Bio

  • Speaking Topics:

    Business Trends, Future

  • Travels From:

    Wisconsin

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

    Notes on Fees

  • Videos
  • Full Bio
  • Speech Topics
  • Books
  • Testimonials
  • News

Business Futures: Automation & Real Estate

David Zach - Futurist

David Zach is one of the few professionally trained futurists on this planet, having earned a master`s degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Of course that was back in 1981, which means it`s pretty much history by now...

As a futurist, he`s worked with over 1400 associations, corporations and colleges offering insights on the personal and professional impact of strategic trends. In other words, he gives funny, fascinating and thought-provoking talks and workshops about both trends and traditions with innovation, design, technology, business, education, demographics and society.

In his work, he studies history more than forecasts. He doesn`t want to tell people what to think about the future, his goal is helping them to understand how to think about the future. He thinks fascinating forecasts can be fun, but thoughtful, long-term choices between change and tradition are much better.

Dave Zach previously worked at Johnson Controls and Northwestern Mutual Life in the roles of environmental scanning and strategic planning. He has also taught Future Studies in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He is the author of Zachronyms: funny words for funny times and Worth Remembering: the future of old ideas.

Dave was recently elected to the American Institute of Architects national board of directors and is on the board of the American Chesterton Society. Past activities include: Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Advisory Council, Future Milwaukee Advisory Board, the Community Advisory Board for the local NPR station WUWM, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, chairman of the Goals for Greater Milwaukee 2000 Education Committee and co-chair for Design Milwaukee.

To book futurist David Zach call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

A. An Owner’s Guide to the Future

Do we really want vacuum cleaners that can argue with us? Will the automation of health care lead to the automation of caring? And, how come teenagers can pay attention to ten things at once and still be, like, bored? David Zach asks some funny questions. In his thought-provoking tour of modern times he’ll offer some useful answers that will get people talking. With a friendly style and a little bit of midwestern charm, he’ll help you face the future with a solid sense of hope and inspiration.

As one of the very few professionally trained futurists on the planet, David Zach blends the funny with the profound in this surprisingly practical keynote to help you decide what really matters. You’ll rethink the balance between change and tradition – and the need to hold on to that which shouldn’t change. At the end you’ll find yourself either thoughtfully quiet or engaged in some of the best conversations you’ve ever had at a meeting. Dave may not be the futurist you expected, but he is the one you’ll remember.

 
B. Innovative Futures: Trends with Innovation and Design

Internationally acclaimed futurist David Zach will offer insights on the art and science of innovation and design: the very lifeblood of 21st century economics. Today has been called the Age of Design, with innovation driving growth and change, but there’s also a danger that it’s the Age of the Technician where more and more people are not allowed to be creative. How we promote, discuss and embrace design, innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset will decide the sort of future we’ll really have.

Using the latest trends with nanotechnology, communications, information, logistics, architecture and even teenagers as a backdrop, Dave divides his talk into Innovation Pro and Innovation Con to examine what works to build the Age of Design and what doesn’t. This futurist will have a few ideas about an innovative future that will surprise, may upset and will probably even delight you.

C. Strategic Futures

Whether you’re an owner, a free agent, a manager or just somebody who likes to think a lot about the future, you need to pay attention to both the bottom line and the horizon. With a focus on the practical and the possible, this is a down-to-earth look at key strategic trends: from the rise of intelligent money to the fall of national borders, from virtual workplaces to virtually unlimited information, and even from the automation of healthcare to the automation of things you’ve never believed possible. If you need to do some deep thinking about choices, forecasts and how you’ll navigate tomorrow, let internationally renowned futurist David Zach be your guide.

D. Designs on the Future: Trends, Traditions & Choices

"If you want to survive, you're going to change; if you don't, you're going to perish. It's as simple as that." (Thom Mayne, FAIA, 2005 Pritzker Prize Winner, 2005 AIA National Convention)

Futurist David Zach disagrees. It's not that simple. Survival means being able to hold on to the best of the past and making sure we learn from the lessons of history. Not all change is progress and not all tradition is outdated. Survival and progress depends on our ability to choose between change and tradition.

This presentation is a fascinating (and slightly irreverent) look at the trends and traditions affecting design and the roles that architects, designers and planners can have over the next ten years.

Workshop A. Taking the Future Home:
the Tools, Skills & Perspectives of a Futurist


Yes, you too can be a futurist! Join futurist David Zach in this follow-up session to learn the skills, tools and ideas that build a stronger sense of confidence for the coming days. Topics include:
1. So just what is a futurist?
2. Exploding the myths of futurism
3. The value of skepticism
4. Long-term vs. short-term thinking
5. The value of humor and play in strategic planning
6. The difference between fads and trends
7. The difference between the timely and the timeless
We’ll try some hands-on efforts with mindmapping, cross-impact analysis and scenario writing. Reading materials and future-related websites will be shared. (45 to 120 minutes)

Workshop B. Ask the Futurist!

This is a unique opportunity for you to join futurist David Zach in a lively conversation on the trends and traditions from his keynote. Join us as we talk about the practical and intriguing implications of these ideas and issues for your life and work. Please bring your notes, questions, ideas and imaginations to class. (This is more of a Q&A follow-up to the keynote so people can ask question and generate in-depth conversations. 45 to 120 minutes)

Workshop notes:
1. Workshops are only offered after a keynote, not as an independent presentation and never before a keynote.
2. Workshop materials and activities can be combined with a keynote into a single presentation for an interactive keynote - lasting up to three hours.



Chair, English Department Indian River State College

"David Zach anchors his philosophy in time-honored truths, separating himself from mere motivational speakers. He gets us thinking not only about where we have been, but where we are going. He does more than evoke a collective cheer. He initiates a celebration, pricking our conscience and making us do—what we already do—better."

LAbash 2007 Chairman

"Your ability to handle, entertain and teach over 700 Landscape Architecture students, especially with them being outside of school on the weekend, was amazing. I'm glad we had you as our closing keynote and the fact the audience gave you a standing ovation proves they did too."
No News Found For this Speaker!
X

FIND A SPEAKER

TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials
  • "We not only went 3 for 3 but I'd say they were all home runs! Thanks for your help on the speakers. It was a key and very positive component of our c...
    Chem-Dry
  • Thanks to Richard and Jo for all the coordination. Another homerun from Executive Speakers Bureau!  
    Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • "I want to thank you for helping with our Principals Day event. Marshall Goldsmith was excellent. Not only is Marshall the consummate professional, be...
    Burns & McDonnell
  • "My mind was very much at ease knowing that Jack Uldrich was so well prepped.  I will definitely use your agency again."  
    EAIE
  • The event was EASY Cake! and it went over very very well.  Thank you so much for the help and organization, it made my life very easy. 
    Boys & Girls Club
  • "Everyone loved Bob and he was so nice on site. Thank you for all you did. The process was so easy and we will definitely work with you again next yea...
    NBC
  • "Richard, Your ability to put me in front of just the right group again and again, is nothing short of amazing. You work your tail off, you sweat the ...
    Alan Hobson
  • "Thanks to you and Jo for all your efforts.  Connie Podesta and Roger Dow were great!"   
    National Apartment Association
  • You ladies really are the BEST!  After this event I am going to be on the hunt for keynote speakers in May.  I really want to work with you ...
    ICMI
  • We truly appreciate the excellent support and attention to detail we have received from Executive Speakers Bureau.  They have provided us with so...
    IBM
  • "WOW, is all I have to say and thank you!  Our event was a huge success and you never steer me wrong, both David Cottrell and Ryan Estis were exc...
    ICMI
  • "The group that I work with to obtain all of my keynote speakers is Executive Speakers Bureau and I can tell you that I don’t like working with ...
    Indiana Youth Institute
  • "Your tenacity and persistence in staying in touch with us is a model example of good salesmanship and partnering.  I will be using you as an exa...
    Schneider Electric
  • Everything went really well and we really enjoyed having Jack Uldrich as our speaker!  He was entertaining and funny and provided great examples....
    Novo Nordisk
  • "OMG Richard! As always you make me look like a rock star. Every single speaker we selected hit it out of the park. Thank you again. Can't even say wh...
    Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Assn.
  • Bridgeworks was awesome!!! Great feedback from all!! Thanks for all of your collaboration and positive we'll use you in the future.  
    Johnson & Johnson
  • I want to thank you for all of your assistance you and Jenny were wonderful. If it had not been for you sending me suggestions I would not have found ...
    West Virginia Tourism
  • The Nebraska Hospital Association along with numerous other state hospital associations have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Executive Speak...
    The Nebraska Hospital Association
  • Thank you to both of you for everything surrounding Mr. Will as our special guest. I suspect, soon, I will be in touch regarding our next event. 
    Oxford Financial
  • "Let me just say again, what a pleasure it is to work with you and ESB. You really make it harder for others to reach the bar."
    ASTD
  • "I LOVE this list that you sent me! I emailed several different places on Tuesday an...
    CoreLogic
  • Our bank has held an annual business and economic conference for the past 9 years.  We have worked with Executive Speakers every year and I have ...
    First Midwest Bank
  • We could not have done it without you.  Thank you for the outstanding suggestions.  The speakers were by far the best we have ever had.
    FedEx
  • As always, you deliver excellent service. Thanks!
    Camden National Bank
  • Mr. Schelp you are a Rock Star! Thank you!!!  Deal #7 is done and more to come!
  • "I wanted to share with you feedback of my experience in working with Executive Speakers Bureau.. Very responsive and detail oriented.  When I wa...
    Amdocs
  • "Thank you so much for all your help in putting this together on such short notice. I will definitely use your services again in the future."
    Applied Materials
  • Angela, you & your team have my endorsement for making Memphis events successful. People should use you to plan their next event.
  • "We loved our speakers. Thanks to you and your team for your outstanding service and thank you for your patience!"

    National Association of the Blind
  • I’ve used the services of a number of speakers bureaus in the past. However, my current experience working with the Executive Speakers Bureau ha...
    Intel
  • Thanks to you, Jo and the rest of your team.  You are the BEST.  Knowing you are behind a speaker allows us the luxury of concentrating on o...
    Ohio Hospital Association
  • "As I mentioned before, your engagement model was incredibly easy to work with, and I know we came to you on short notice!  I would highly recomm...
    Capitol One
  • "My entire team has enjoyed the experience of working with you and ESB more than words can express. Everything was handled in a professional and timel...
    Cregger Company
  • “Thank you guys it was a pleasure working with you.... You made the whole process easy. Thanks again”
    CableNation
  • "I will be sure that all involved know what a wonderful resource you have been. The universe smiled on me when I discovered Executive Speakers and you...
    Ocala Eye
  • "I appreciate your recommendations.  In addition, you are always a pleasure to work with and understand the pains of an over worked meeting plann...
    Milliman
  • "You made my job so much easier! You are the only bureau I will use."     
    Sigma Systems
Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call us to discuss how we can help find the right speaker for your organization.

Get Ideas in 2 Hours or Less

Please fill in information below

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in two hours or less.


Privacy by SafeSubscribeSM