Watts Wacker is one of the most celebrated and influential minds in modern business. Mr Wacker; lecturer, best-selling author, political commentator and social critic, is one of the world’s most respected futurists. His uncommon versatility and vision has allowed him to help the world’s top corporations and organizations navigate the sea of change that is taking hold in the new millennium. He has been the futurist at SRI International, the legendary Menlo Park think tank and spent ten years as the resident futurist at the preeminent social research organization, Yankelovich Partners.
As founder and director of FirstMatter LLC, Mr Wacker has focused his attention on creating a new kind of think tank and he describes himself as a twenty-first century alchemist as well as “a cross between James Brown and the unknown comic, (the hardest working nobody in the business.)” His speaking style has created many references to Mr Wacker as being one of the best storytellers alive today.
His recently released Deviant’s Advantage, co-authored with Ryan Mathews, has received tremendous response having been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Harvard Business Review among many others. He is a contributor to the recently released Financial Times Handbook of Business Version 3.0. Mr Wacker and his consulting practice have been featured in the media the world over.
Mr Wacker’s additional previous experience includes Vice President of Marketing for the Kenner division of Hasbro Inc., a research fellowship at The Institute for Constructive Capitalism and ownership and operation of two radio stations outside Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mr Wacker received degrees from both Tulane University and The University of Texas in Austin. He has lectured at many colleges and universities throughout the world.