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Bran Ferren

Expert on Leveraging Curiosity & Creativity for Innovation; Designer, Technologist, Inventor; Co-Founder of Applied Minds; Former Disney Imagineering Executive

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 Bran Ferren Biography

One of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Bran Ferren is a master of the arts and sciences. Equal parts artist/designer and scientist/engineer, he is an expert on leveraging curiosity and creativity to inspire innovation.

Co-founder, co-chairman and chief creative officer of Applied Minds – a company that provides advanced technology, creative design and consulting services to a variety of clients – Ferren has enjoyed a distinguished career, contributing to business and product development, film and entertainment, aerospace and other sciences. Before co-founding Applied Minds in 2000, he held various leadership positions, including president of Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, the company’s creative design and engineering division. Prior, he was president and senior designer for Associates & Ferren, a company acquired by Disney.

A popular guest lecturer, Ferren is a dynamic and inspiring speaker with unparalleled knowledge and insight into the ways invention and innovation, creativity and technology interact for business success. He has addressed more than 200 professional groups in the business, education, scientific and entertainment communities – filling his presentations with concrete ways to redesign innovation processes, attract and motivate talent, ideas gleaned from the history of invention, and his vision for design and technology’s future.

Ferren focuses much of his time on innovation and organizational development projects that help organizations grow, move into new sectors, and redefine product offerings and brand positioning in the face of rapidly changing business challenges. He is also a prolific inventor, with over 300 awarded and pending patents. As a creative and technical consultant, he has developed numerous successful technologies, designs and innovations for World’s Fairs, theme parks, music tours, buildings, architectural buildings and interiors, command centers, special purpose vehicles and exhibits. Current and recent clients in the commercial and government sector include the Walt Disney Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, IBM, Warner Communications, Sony, Herman Miller, Intel Corporation, Air Force Research Lab and the Library of Congress. He has also served as a technical and senior leadership advisor to 11 U.S. government agencies and organizations including the SEC, FCC, United States Senate, Army, Air Force and Navy. He was presented the Kilby International Award for significant contributions to society, and the Wally Russell lifetime achievement award for lighting design.

An Oscar-nominated visual effects designer, Ferren’s work has appeared in films such as Altered States, Little Shop of Horrors, The Manhattan Project and Places in the Heart. Major theater credits include award-winning special effects, lighting and sound design for Broadway shows including Evita, Cats, Frankenstein and the Lion King. Ferren’s work extends to design and technology for music legends as well, from R.E.M. and Depeche Mode to Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Paul McCartney.

Despite his wide and varied successes across industries, Ferren’s daughter Kira is his most important accomplishment, his highest priority project and, by far, his best work to date.

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  • Innovate or Die? (Note: Dying is Easier…)

    To survive and thrive in today’s economy, it takes a lot more than just clinging to yesterday’s strategies and hoping for the best. Change is all around us; mostly involuntary, driven by what is loosely described as the Digital Revolution, in which most of us participate, but few have the power to change. Decades-old companies are vanishing, placing enormous pressure on others still standing to become more innovative, rather than just more efficient. Bran Ferren explores the challenges to making this happen in large enterprises and offers new ways of thinking about organizational innovation. An executive and entrepreneur, technologist and inventor, Ferren understands the future belongs to brands that can rethink and re-imagine their core strategies by embracing change and taking intelligent risks.

  • Storytelling: The World’s Oldest – and Newest – Profession

    Storytelling has been an effective means of communicating important substantive and cultural messages for thousands of years. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the oldest profession – and it’s experiencing a renaissance as contemporary companies and their leaders embrace storytelling as a critical component of both brand identity and business strategy in today’s evolving marketplace. Good leaders are good storytellers; yet, storytelling isn’t a skill taught in most leadership curricula. Expert storyteller Bran Ferren discusses strategies for discovering and developing your inner storyteller, and how you can use stories to forge deeper connections between people, inspiring them to engage and take action.

  • There’s No Bits Like Show Bits

    Throughout history, the introduction of new technologies made the future seem confusing and disruptive to those standing in the middle of it. What does it all mean? Where do I fit in? As the digital age progresses, many of us in both the fields of media production and entertainment are asking these very questions. What’s different now is that the entire world is actually poised to be connected as never before, and traditional barriers to storytelling such as access, distribution cost and language are literally crumbling before our very eyes, creating a multitude of endangered species: newspapers, bookstores, record companies and traditional large-scale retailers. Simultaneously, new fields such as electronic gaming, online retailing, self-made music and video publishing are exploding. Bran Ferren delves into where this new normal is heading and what media professionals can do to proactively collaborate in a shared mission to reinvent the future.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Bran Ferren?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bran Ferren for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bran Ferren, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bran Ferren or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Bran Ferren?

    Booking fees for Bran Ferren, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bran Ferren, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Bran Ferren?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bran Ferren for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bran Ferren for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bran Ferren or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bran Ferren or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Bran Ferren

Expert on Leveraging Curiosity & Creativity for Innovation; Designer, Technologist, Inventor; Co-Founder of Applied Minds; Former Disney Imagineering Executive

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Bran Ferren Biography

One of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Bran Ferren is a master of the arts and sciences. Equal parts artist/designer and scientist/engineer, he is an expert on leveraging curiosity and creativity to inspire innovation.

Co-founder, co-chairman and chief creative officer of Applied Minds – a company that provides advanced technology, creative design and consulting services to a variety of clients – Ferren has enjoyed a distinguished career, contributing to business and product development, film and entertainment, aerospace and other sciences. Before co-founding Applied Minds in 2000, he held various leadership positions, including president of Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, the company’s creative design and engineering division. Prior, he was president and senior designer for Associates & Ferren, a company acquired by Disney.

A popular guest lecturer, Ferren is a dynamic and inspiring speaker with unparalleled knowledge and insight into the ways invention and innovation, creativity and technology interact for business success. He has addressed more than 200 professional groups in the business, education, scientific and entertainment communities – filling his presentations with concrete ways to redesign innovation processes, attract and motivate talent, ideas gleaned from the history of invention, and his vision for design and technology’s future.

Ferren focuses much of his time on innovation and organizational development projects that help organizations grow, move into new sectors, and redefine product offerings and brand positioning in the face of rapidly changing business challenges. He is also a prolific inventor, with over 300 awarded and pending patents. As a creative and technical consultant, he has developed numerous successful technologies, designs and innovations for World’s Fairs, theme parks, music tours, buildings, architectural buildings and interiors, command centers, special purpose vehicles and exhibits. Current and recent clients in the commercial and government sector include the Walt Disney Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, IBM, Warner Communications, Sony, Herman Miller, Intel Corporation, Air Force Research Lab and the Library of Congress. He has also served as a technical and senior leadership advisor to 11 U.S. government agencies and organizations including the SEC, FCC, United States Senate, Army, Air Force and Navy. He was presented the Kilby International Award for significant contributions to society, and the Wally Russell lifetime achievement award for lighting design.

An Oscar-nominated visual effects designer, Ferren’s work has appeared in films such as Altered States, Little Shop of Horrors, The Manhattan Project and Places in the Heart. Major theater credits include award-winning special effects, lighting and sound design for Broadway shows including Evita, Cats, Frankenstein and the Lion King. Ferren’s work extends to design and technology for music legends as well, from R.E.M. and Depeche Mode to Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Paul McCartney.

Despite his wide and varied successes across industries, Ferren’s daughter Kira is his most important accomplishment, his highest priority project and, by far, his best work to date.

Bran Ferren Videos

  • Bran Ferren: To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering
    When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand...
  • Bran Ferren - Innovation and Technology - YouTube

Bran Ferren Speaking Topics

  • Innovate or Die? (Note: Dying is Easier…)

    To survive and thrive in today’s economy, it takes a lot more than just clinging to yesterday’s strategies and hoping for the best. Change is all around us; mostly involuntary, driven by what is loosely described as the Digital Revolution, in which most of us participate, but few have the power to change. Decades-old companies are vanishing, placing enormous pressure on others still standing to become more innovative, rather than just more efficient. Bran Ferren explores the challenges to making this happen in large enterprises and offers new ways of thinking about organizational innovation. An executive and entrepreneur, technologist and inventor, Ferren understands the future belongs to brands that can rethink and re-imagine their core strategies by embracing change and taking intelligent risks.

  • Storytelling: The World’s Oldest – and Newest – Profession

    Storytelling has been an effective means of communicating important substantive and cultural messages for thousands of years. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the oldest profession – and it’s experiencing a renaissance as contemporary companies and their leaders embrace storytelling as a critical component of both brand identity and business strategy in today’s evolving marketplace. Good leaders are good storytellers; yet, storytelling isn’t a skill taught in most leadership curricula. Expert storyteller Bran Ferren discusses strategies for discovering and developing your inner storyteller, and how you can use stories to forge deeper connections between people, inspiring them to engage and take action.

  • There’s No Bits Like Show Bits

    Throughout history, the introduction of new technologies made the future seem confusing and disruptive to those standing in the middle of it. What does it all mean? Where do I fit in? As the digital age progresses, many of us in both the fields of media production and entertainment are asking these very questions. What’s different now is that the entire world is actually poised to be connected as never before, and traditional barriers to storytelling such as access, distribution cost and language are literally crumbling before our very eyes, creating a multitude of endangered species: newspapers, bookstores, record companies and traditional large-scale retailers. Simultaneously, new fields such as electronic gaming, online retailing, self-made music and video publishing are exploding. Bran Ferren delves into where this new normal is heading and what media professionals can do to proactively collaborate in a shared mission to reinvent the future.

FAQs on booking Bran Ferren

  • How to book Bran Ferren?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bran Ferren for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bran Ferren, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bran Ferren or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bran Ferren?

    Booking fees for Bran Ferren, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bran Ferren, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bran Ferren?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bran Ferren for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bran Ferren for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bran Ferren or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bran Ferren or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bran Ferren is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bran Ferren for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Bran Ferren generally travels from Burbank, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Matthew Luhn, Jay Shuster, Baratunde Thurston, Cameron Sinclair and Paul Topolos. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bran Ferren for an upcoming event.

Bran Ferren Speaker Videos

  • Bran Ferren: To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering
    When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become...
    Bran Ferren - Innovation and Technology - YouTube

Bran Ferren Speaking Topics

  • Innovate or Die? (Note: Dying is Easier…)

    To survive and thrive in today’s economy, it takes a lot more than just clinging to yesterday’s strategies and hoping for the best. Change is all around us; mostly involuntary, driven by what is loosely described as the Digital Revolution, in which most of us participate, but few have the power to change. Decades-old companies are vanishing, placing enormous pressure on others still standing to become more innovative, rather than just more efficient. Bran Ferren explores the challenges to making this happen in large enterprises and offers new ways of thinking about organizational innovation. An executive and entrepreneur, technologist and inventor, Ferren understands the future belongs to brands that can rethink and re-imagine their core strategies by embracing change and taking intelligent risks.

  • Storytelling: The World’s Oldest – and Newest – Profession

    Storytelling has been an effective means of communicating important substantive and cultural messages for thousands of years. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the oldest profession – and it’s experiencing a renaissance as contemporary companies and their leaders embrace storytelling as a critical component of both brand identity and business strategy in today’s evolving marketplace. Good leaders are good storytellers; yet, storytelling isn’t a skill taught in most leadership curricula. Expert storyteller Bran Ferren discusses strategies for discovering and developing your inner storyteller, and how you can use stories to forge deeper connections between people, inspiring them to engage and take action.

  • There’s No Bits Like Show Bits

    Throughout history, the introduction of new technologies made the future seem confusing and disruptive to those standing in the middle of it. What does it all mean? Where do I fit in? As the digital age progresses, many of us in both the fields of media production and entertainment are asking these very questions. What’s different now is that the entire world is actually poised to be connected as never before, and traditional barriers to storytelling such as access, distribution cost and language are literally crumbling before our very eyes, creating a multitude of endangered species: newspapers, bookstores, record companies and traditional large-scale retailers. Simultaneously, new fields such as electronic gaming, online retailing, self-made music and video publishing are exploding. Bran Ferren delves into where this new normal is heading and what media professionals can do to proactively collaborate in a shared mission to reinvent the future.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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