Design Thinking and Innovation Workshop

February 20, 2019

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center


The Imagination Emporium Tool Kit was created to address the five biggest barriers identified as obstacles to being more innovative and creative at work. The Design Thinking and Innovation workshop allows all of us to step out of our “River of Thinking” (our expertise) and provide fresh thinking and new approaches to problem solving, by providing us with a set of tangible Creative Behaviors and Innovation Tools that everyone can use on challenges big and small. The Workshop is designed to allow each of the participants the opportunity to actually use both the Creative Behaviors and Innovation Tools in a series of exercise that will really deepen the learning experience and their ability to convert those learnings back to challenges they are currently working on.


Having worked for The Walt Disney Company for some 25 years, Duncan Wardle now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their entire organization. Leveraging a unique Design Thinking process, Duncan’s clients include Coca Cola, Disney, Forbes, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey and the NBA.

Most recently Duncan was Vice President of Innovation & Creativity for The Walt Disney Company.  The Creativity Team works across Disney’s Theme Parks, Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Films, ESPN, Animation and Imagineering, as “creative ideation consultants” and “cultural change agents;” using a creative problem solving process that captures unlikely connections, leading to both fresh thinking and revolutionary ideas.

Prior to heading up Creative Inc., Duncan held the posts of Vice President, Global PR and Vice President International Marketing & Sales for Disney.  Over the last three decades, Duncan has served in an executive role for The Walt Disney Company in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Mumbai and most recently Shanghai.

In 2008, he was honored with the “Outstanding American Citizen Award” at the White House, and in 2014 he was awarded a Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Her Majesty the Queen.