My research-driven insights reveal opportunities in places organizations, entrepreneurs and executives have been conditioned to ignore. As an expert in organizational commitment and design, I help you to think differently in order to drive true and lasting innovation and client engagement.
I'm a speaker and trainer for corporate and non-profit organizations, and I bring academic insights to practitioners in a way that is easy to understand and apply. Academics often end up speaking a language that only they comprehend, but I believe that good and useful ideas should be able to be communicated simply and plainly.
I am a sociologist, professor and researcher at the University of Northern Colorado, where I serve as the Executive Director of the Social Research Lab. I'm also the CEO of The Packard Group, a strategic innovation consulting firm. My research has appeared in numerous academic and trade publications. I earned my B.A. in English from Texas Lutheran University, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.
“Josh has a gift for taking the complexity out of a complicated process.”
President, The Dieken Group
“As a professional speaker, I get to see the gamut of speakers out there in the world. Only rarely do I happen across one as razor-sharp smart, wise and witty as Dr. Packard. I recently saw him on the mainstage of the National Speakers Association’s Influence conference and I was utterly blown away, as were 1500 participants in the audience. We were engaged, enlightened and in awe that an academic could leave us all abuzz with new thinking.”
Member National Speakers Hall of Fame
WSJ best-selling author of Activate Your Brain
"Josh’s research is an organizational game-changer. He identifies the forces behind the societal trend of intentional institutional disengagement. If you want to leverage this trend, instead of fall victim to it, you need to talk to him."
Executive Vice President, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting
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