Jacob Morgan: Biography highlights

Four time bestselling author, keynote speaker, and trained futurist who explores leadership, the future of work, and employee experience.

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Jacob Morgan’s Background

After graduating with honors in business management economics and psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz, Jacob was excited to join the corporate world. At his first job he was told that he’d be traveling the country, meeting with executives and entrepreneurs, and doing all sorts of exciting work.

A few months in, he was stuck doing data entry, cold calling, and PowerPoint presentations. One day the CEO came out of his nice corner office, handed Jacob a $10 bill and said “I’m late for a meeting, go grab me a cup of coffee, and get something for yourself as well.” That was the last corporate job he ever had.

Today, Jacob Morgan is a trained futurist and one of the world’s leading authorities on the leadership, employee experience, and the future of work. He speaks in front of tens of thousands of people each year and his content is seen over a million times a year. Jacob is the best-selling author of four books: The Future Leader (2020), The Employee Experience Advantage (2017), The Future of Work (2014), and The Collaborative Organization (2012).

He speaks at over 50 conferences a year including TED Academy which is one of the largest TED events in the world. In addition Jacob provides advisory and thought leadership services to various organizations around the world.

He is the founder of The Future of Work University at FutureOfWorkUniversity.com, an online education and training platform that helps individuals and organizations thrive in the rapidly changing world of work. Courses explore topics such as employee experience, the future of work, and leadership skills. Jacob also created “The Future If,” a global community of business leaders, authors and futurists who explore what our future can look like IF certain technologies, ideas, approaches and trends actually happen.

The community looks at everything from AI and automation to leadership and management practices to augmented reality and virtual reality, the 4th industrial revolution and everything in between.

His work has been endorsed by the CEOs of: Unilever, Cisco, Mastercard, Nestle, Best Buy, SAP, KPMG, T-Mobile, Schneider Electric, and many others.

In addition, Jacob hosts The Future of Work Podcast a weekly show where he speaks with senior executives, authors, and business leaders about how the world of work is changing. His Youtube channel explores the latest concepts and ideas around the future of work with inspiring and educational 2-3 minute videos.

He has also contributed to and been cited in publications such as Cosmopolitan, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, Glamour, the MIT Sloan Management Review, USA Today, and The Harvard Business Review.


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Jacob Morgan: Leadership, Future of Work, & Employee Experience Keynote Speaker & Futurist
Jacob Morgan: Leadership, Future of Work, & Employee Experience Keynote Speaker & Futurist
Jacob Morgan, Futurist, Author, & Keynote Speaker on the Future of Work and Employee Experience
Jacob Morgan, Futurist, Author, & Keynote Speaker on the Future of Work and Employee Experience
Jacob Morgan - Employee Experience and the Future of Work
Jacob Morgan - Employee Experience and the Future of Work
How to Future Proof Your Career | Jacob Morgan | TEDxAcademy
How to Future Proof Your Career | Jacob Morgan | TEDxAcademy
Microsoft Czech Republic

Jacob Morgan was a speaker at our annual Microsoft Enterprise Summit which is the most important gathering of our C-level customers where we share our vision, latest trends, and customer stories around digital transformation. Jacob did a great job of helping our C-level leaders understand the trends that are shaping the future of work and what they should be doing in their organizations as a result. His session was engaging and informative!'

Blijana Weber

'Jacob delivered a powerful keynote to a group of CHROS that forced them to challenge the status quo and think critically about how they design their own organizations for the future of work. His talk was refreshing, unique, fun, and very informative. I definitely recommend Jacob as a keynote speaker!'

Regis Mulot
EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

'As a leader focused on the employee experience, leadership and workforce trends, Jacob's perspectives into the trends of the future workforce are insightful and spot on!'

Francine Katsoudas
Chief People Officer
Turner International

'Jacob delivered a great keynote to our international executive team on how to think about and create an organization where people truly want to show up. His talk was funny, informative, and eye-opening. I highly recommend Jacob as a speaker!'

Gerhard Zeiler

'Jacob delivered an inspiring and educational presentation on the future of work and collaboration to our management team. He took a complex topic and distilled it down to something that was easy to understand and grasp. This was crucial since English was not the primary language of our audience. I highly recommend Jacob!'

Didier Dumont
CEO, The Americas

'Jacob truly is a world leader when it comes to the future of work and employee experience. His keynote was very dynamic and captivating. He excellently opened eyes of the audience on the multifaceted nature of employer expression. Jacob's keynote was highly inspiring and presented a truly global perspective to our leaders.'

Kimmo Alkio
Atari & Chuck E. Cheese's

'When it comes to the future of work, Jacob is both extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the subject. He also has an interesting spin on the kinds of things that can be done to engage and stimulate creative thought in the workplace. I highly recommend Jacob as a speaker!'

Nolan Bushnell
National Association of Workforce Boards

'Jacob kept our 1500 attendees engaged from beginning to end by demonstrating his enthusiasm, humor, and knowledge for how work is changing. Though, it is his style that so clearly helped him connect with our audience. Jacob isn't so much a 'lecturer' as a 'friend in conversation' and it was a pleasure to spend time with him and added to our understanding of what is happening to 'jobs/ work'. I have no hesitation in saying, Jacob was a great choice to join The Forum 2016 hosted by the National Association Workforce Boards. '

Ron Painter

'The world's leading authority on the future of work.'

Vicente Fox
President of Mexico 2000-2006
Harvard Business Review

'Jacob is clearly a passionate speaker and he delivered an engaging and informative keynote session at the Harvard Business Review Summit. He did a great job of conveying his ideas while inspiring attendees to think differently about the future of work. His session received great feedback and I highly recommend him as a speaker!'

Adi Ignatius
Editor in Chief

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