Ken Dychtwald

Ken DychtwaldFor more than 35 years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, healthcare and workforce implications of the age wave.  He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of sixteen books on aging-related issues.

His books include Bodymind, Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society, Age Power, The Power Years: A User’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life, Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent and a children’s book Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings.  His new book With Purpose: Going From Success to Significance in Work and Life has also been released in paperback as A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success.  In 2007, he had his debut as a documentary filmmaker and host with the highly rated PBS special “The Boomer Century.” His most recent PBS special “With Purpose” aired nationwide to coincide with the book release.

In 1986, Ken became the founding President and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide Fortune 500 companies and government groups in product/service development for boomers and mature adults. His client list has included more than half of the Fortune 500. His explorations and innovative solutions have fertilized and catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors-from vitamins and cookies to automotive design and retail merchandising to mutual funds and health insurance.



Retirement at the Tipping Point: New Funding, New Timing, New Purpose

Based on highly acclaimed Age Wave research, this NEW presentation reveals how four generations of Americans are altering the funding, timing and purpose of retirement. This mind-stretching program will explore the following: Who has suffered the most loss during the past year and how long do they think it will take to get it back. Why the retirement clock is being re-set to at least age 67 and how that could be good for everyone. What are the key lessons learned from the financial crisis and how will people’s behavior and attitudes toward money.

Living With Purpose: Rethinking Success

Success is defined differently at different moments in life. As a child, it has a lot to do with pleasing our parents. In our teens, it’s often about academic achievement and popularity. As a working adult, success is often about balancing the challenge of creating a healthy family while building a satisfying career. But what’s next? Healthy living and modern medicine have given our lives longevity, but how do we make the most of all that time?.

Four Generations Rethink Work, Retirement and Success

We are living in the midst of unprecedented demographic, economic and social changes that impact nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Increasing longevity and insufficient savings mean that older workers will be working longer and shrinking their retirement. Mid-career workers are trying to reboot their enthusiasm for a longer and more demanding worklife as they simultaneously try to fund their future retirement.

Retirement Wake-Up Call: The Future of Financial Services

How has today’s financial crisis altered the relationship between client and financial advisor? Based on research findings from numerous highly acclaimed Age Wave studies on retirement and financial services, this presentation sheds light on which aspects of the financial services industry are dying and which are coming alive. It outlines the “new” retirement-related needs, worries, and aspirations – and how financial services firms and advisors can re-establish trust.

How the Age Wave Will Transform the Marketplace – and Our Lives

This visionary presentation offers deep insights into the global population shifts that are occurring and what they mean for business and marketers. How might increasing longevity and declining fertility impact societies, economies, families and individual lives? Do people want to live traditional “linear” or more flexible “cyclic” lives and how does that alter.

The Longevity Revolution: The Future of Health and Healthcare

This sweeping presentation provides a visionary glimpse into the future of the body, health and healthcare. How long might we live? Will our later years be a time of health and vitality or illness and disability? Are we heading toward “Shangri-la” or “Gerassic Park?” How far will we go in our pursuit of the “fountain of health?” What are the new frontiers of medicine – from genomics, anti-aging therapies, therapeutic cloning and virtual surgery.

The New Experiential Marketplace

At this moment in history – with so many fears and worries – there is a deepening appreciation for the immeasurable value of great times with friends and loved ones, the satisfaction of continued personal growth and lifelong learning and the excitement of encountering new people, places and cultures. In addition, fueled by the dual liberations of empty nesting and retirement, tens of millions of men and women are beginning to enjoy more free time than ever.


I have been learning from Ken Dychtwald for years and am convinced that he is today’s most innovative and original thinker on this important subject.
President Jimmy Carter
Ken Dychtwald has a unique ability to blend cutting-edge social science and unrivaled knowledge about the marketing and workforce implications of the global age wave with world-class presentation showmanship. The response to his talks to our “Committee of 100” leadership has been tremendous and he has managed to earn the highest speaker ratings in our history of meetings. His presentation style is riveting, his knowledge base grows even stronger with the years and his understanding and insightful solutions are truly visionary. I highly recommend Ken Dychtwald to any organization seeking a show-stopping keynoter.
Thomas J. Donohue
President and CEO
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
You have a real gift for communicating with others. On a scale of 100, you received an average score of 98%. Obviously, this is just about as close to being perfect as you can get. We have enjoyed many top-ranked speakers over the years, including Dr. Victor Frankel, Mother Teresa, David Brinkley, George Will, Chris Matthews, Cokie Roberts, Congressman Claude Pepper and Senator Ted Kennedy, but no one was ever better received than you.
Val J. Halamandaris
National Association for
Home Care and Hospice

Ken Dychtwald was a featured speaker at News Corporation’s global management conference in July 2006, where he joined a line-up of powerful speakers that included Senator John McCain, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former president Bill Clinton. Not only did Ken command the audience, but his was one of the most enlightening, thought-provoking and entertaining presentations of the conference.
Peter Chernin
President and COO
News Corporation
I am a Ken Dychtwald fan. In every venue in which I have observed him, he is ruthlessly informative, creatively articulate and immensely entertaining. He is constantly updated and relevant. And he’s a nice guy too. When I brought him before our life insurance industry CEOs, he just didn’t talk and run. He stayed. And listened. And learned.
Frank Keating
President and CEO
ACLI, Former Governor of Oklahoma

I was thrilled to be a part of your Court of the table presentation. In my opinion, you are by far the best speaker at the meeting. Your presentation was energetic, informative, and clearly right on target.
Jennifer Borislow
Chair, Top of the Table
Million Dollar Roundtable

Ken provides a perfect blend of style and content for a truly riveting presentation. His session at our Annual Meeting received both a standing ovation and record-high ratings.
Rich Wecker
President and
Chief Executive Officer
LIMRA International

Your content and presentation is enlightening, engaging and consistently presented in a way that is extremely relevant and highly useful as well as entertaining to the audience. There is not a professional around who would not benefit from taking a page from your play book. Bravo!
John Horan
Senior Vice President & CFO
Direct Marketing Association
Your keynote was one of the most favorably received sessions I can remember in recent years. The feedback to your remarks on our meeting evaluations was overwhelmingly positive.
Pamela G. Bailey
Adva Med
I’ve seen Ken speak on many occasions and it’s easy to see why he is the undisputed authority on the maturation of the American baby boomer.
Larry Jones
TV Land
I have heard only superlatives as people still talk about your presentation. Ken, I consider you to be one of the most studious, knowledgeable and entertaining speakers of all time. You know your subject and presented a first class show.
Mike Wheeler
National Director
Advisor Operations
First Command Financial
I would highly recommend Ken to any business or group looking for a fresh way to impact clients, employees and their business.
Thomas Hubler
Vice President, Sales
The Americas
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Your contributions to our program and to our theme ‘Renew the Vision’ were spectacular. We know that your professional speaking engagements are always well recieved, but we felt especially honored by your dedication to this event. On behalf of the entire GAMA International Board and our Executive Committee, thank you for your stellar contributions to LAMP 2003!
James H. Krueger
GAMA International
2003 LAMP Program Chair

The global population is turning gray — and no one understands the economic, social, and personal impact of this better than Ken Dychtwald.
Sir Martin Sorrell
Chief Executive
WPP Group, plc

Ken Dychtwald is a show stopper. He is one of the few speakers that can educate, entertain and have you laughing and crying all at the same time.
Brian Perkins
Company Group Chairman
Johnson & Johnson Company

Your presentation (to NICSA) and of course, the manner in which you delivered it, kept the audience at the edge of their seats. Your message was so timely and certainly a call to action for our industry.
Penny Alexander
Senior Vice President
Franklin Templeton Investments

You absolutely thrilled our audience of 2000 people. I especially appreciated the customizing you did to meet the specific needs of our audience. You rated a 6.91, which is the highest rating any of our speakers has ever received. You are a hard act to follow.
Lorraine Bergstrom
Director of Meetings and Conferences

Congratulations! Your presentation at our Annual Convention generated the highest speaker rating in the twenty-four year history of this event.
Jack O’Neill
Vice President Education and Conference Services
Securities Industry Association

The keynote you gave for COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services was simply stunning. I can’t imagine anything our agents needed to hear more than your message about the changing face of retirement and value provided by a life course navigator.
Doyle J. Williams
Senior Vice President – Marketing
COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but on behalf of AGB, I just have to say it again: You are terrific! Your high energy presentation was the perfect beginning for our meeting. Thanks so much for getting us off to a strong start.
Susan Whealler Johnson, PhD
VP, Independent Sector Programs
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

The unanimous feedback from all who attended the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Annual Conference was that this was the most outstanding of 18 annual meetings and that your talk was the best in the long history of this event. We are indebted to you and we extend our deepest thanks for your superb presentation.
David Drucker, M.D.
President and CEO
Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Fantastic! Awesome! Best resource we’ve ever had. Best presentation I’ve ever seen. I’ve been in this Chapter for fifteen years and I have never seen a presentation as good, as well organized, as thought-provoking, as interesting and as fascinating as what Dr. Dychtwald presents.
Eric Sipf
FHP Healthcare

Congratulations on a superb presentation! We have had numerous consultants and marketers over the years assess our industry. No one, however, has ever delivered in the way that you did! Your deep expertise on these issues is immediately apparent, but more important, the customization that you crafted made this perhaps the most valuable presentation that our industry has ever experienced.
Carole M. Rogin
Hearing Industry Association

On an objective rating of 1 to 10, there is the universal opinion that you would receive a 15! Not only was your participation appreciated, but the audience profoundly connected with you. Most of all, your presentation was an endorsement of grand optimism, both professionally and personally.
Larry Pimentel
President & CEO
Cunard Seabourn

Thank you for delivering the keynote address at our 2000 Annual Conference. I wish I had written down all of the compliments I received about your remarks from our attendees. Your message provided a thoughtful, informative, and provocative challenge to the HR profession. I certainly hope you enjoyed the standing ovation from all 17,000 participants!
David C. Forman
Senior Vice President
Society for Human Resource Management

Ken, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your fabulous presentation before our annual Housing, Construction and Building Materials Conference. Yours was the highest rated presentation in a program that was, by everyone’s estimation, far and away the best we’ve ever had. I received wildly enthusiastic feedback, and sincerely appreciate the time and effort that went into this more than I can tell you.
Barbara T. Alexander
Managing Director
SBC Warburg Dillon Reed

You get better with age. I know your presentation at the mutual fund industry’s annual meeting last week was the third time that you have been with us and in my judgement, it was the best.
Thomas Simmons
Vice President Administration
Investment Company Institute

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During his career, Dr. Dychtwald has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, social service, and government groups. His strikingly accurate predictions and innovative ideas are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, Business Week, Inc., U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, Hong Kong Daily News, South China Morning Post, The Standard, The Straits Times, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, PBS, NPR and BBC.

He is the recipient of the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership in the field of aging. American Demographics Magazine honored him as the single most influential marketer to baby boomers over the past quarter century. His article in The Harvard Business Review, “It’s Time to Retire Retirement,” was awarded the prestigious McKinsey Award, tying for first place with the legendary Peter Drucker. Through his highly acclaimed presentations, his breakthrough research and consulting initiatives, and his leadership within both the social science and business communities, Ken Dychtwald has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new and vital image of maturity.

Ken Dychtwald recently completed production of a world-class PBS documentary, The Boomer Century: 1946–2046, conceptualized by Age Wave, hosted by Ken Dychtwald, produced by Emmy-award winner Alexandria Productions, written by Academy-award winner Mark Harris, and underwritten by The Vanguard Group.

This enlightening and entertaining special is the portrait of a generation that has dominated society from the moment it was born, kicking and screaming, in the forties, fifties, and sixties. Boomers have redefined every stage of life they have passed through, and they will continue to rewrite the rules as they enter the second half of their lives. The series covers the past, present, and future as the boomers transform into a massive age wave. Part nostalgia, part sociology, part psychology, and part demography, this original series will captivate viewers as they learn.


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