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Ed Barlow  

Futurist, President of Creating the Future, Inc.

Ed Barlow, President of Creating the Future, Inc., is a futurist who is passionate about assisting people, organizations and professions to anticipate and prepare for the world of tomorrow. He is dedicated to enhancing an understanding of the future and the influences which will affect personal, professional, organization and community settings.

Ed Barlow holds a master's degree in management from the University of Notre Dame. His professional experience includes executive positions in healthcare, business, higher education and a Washingtonm, D.C. based management consulting firm.

Ed's client list represents the "Who's Who" within industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. A representative list of clients served includes: Abbot Laboratories, American Hospital Assn., Blockbuster, Baxter Healthcare, Six Sigma Academy, Federal Express, Growmark, Hewlett Packard, Kimberly Clark, U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Whirlpool Corporation, National Assn. of Manufacturers, Federal Reserve Bank Systems, Meeting Professionals International, CEMIG of Brazil, Paine Webber, Pepsi, U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums, and Federal Judicial Institute.

Ed Barlow has testified before Congress on several occasions regarding issues of workforce, transportation travel and tourism. He is interviewed regularly by the media. His advice and counsel is sought regularly by leaders in business, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Ed Barlow is one of a few great speakers able to deliver meaningful information about the future in a dynamic and entertaining manner. He averages over 120 engagements a year captivating audiences with his intuitive and well-studied perspective. His well-organized, thought-provoking, and media-supported presentations affirm his reputation as a top motivational futurist with keen insights into the process of change.

Ed's expert facilitation skills have also been used to design and facilitate think-tank and strategic planning activities in a variety of settings.


Speech Topics


The Journey Through the 21st Century - Travel through the uncharted territory of the 21st century. Explore the rapid and dramatic economic, technological, social, and political changes which are ahead. Frame the implications of these changes for you and your organization. Strategize on ways to anticipate and prepare for a continuum of change. Dare to imagine and dare to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the new millennium.

Looking Backwards from Tomorrow - Anticipatory thinking will separate winners from losers in a competitive business environment. Learn about the lifecycle continuum, methods for environmental scanning, scenario development, and visioning. Formalize an effective system for identifying emerging influences and their potential consequence.

Leading in a Continuum of Change - Pathfinding, aligning, and empowering represent competencies required for guiding people and organizations through the dynamics of an ever-changing business environment. Learn the intricacies involved with attracting and retaining employees, developing and leveraging intellectual capital, knowledge management, and strategies to maintain an organizational climate for success.

Creating The Future - Participate in a dynamic process for applying the influences of a changing world. Frame issues of critical importance. Brainstorm strategies of engagement. Formulate plans of action that will assure your future success. Experience methods for continuous renewal.

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