“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Our Retirement Income Summit is the financial services industry's premier event for advisors seeking insights into helping investors achieve a successful future. Ken's involvement made the Summit even more of a must-attend event, and his keynote presentation – an overview of important research findings and practical takeaways delivered with wit and style – was an overwhelming hit. We couldn't have asked for more.”
“Ken Dychtwald changed the way I view the future. In just one hour he unlocked truths so clear and powerful that they are shocking. His understanding of population demographics are utterly critical for any CEO, executive team or government leader to understand. Without it you will not be prepared for what is rapidly approaching – a set of massive changes that will fundamentally affect every aspect of our lives and every industry on Earth.”
“In addition to being a gifted social scientist and great and prolific writer on the topic of aging and retirement, Ken Dychtwald’s presentation and communication skills, and his ability to engage all forms of media are beyond impressive.”
“Ken Dychtwald’s remarkable ability to command an audience’s attention is unmatched. He presents complex and challenging material with clarity and leaves his audiences wanting more. As a speaker myself, I truly appreciate the preparation and research so evident in Ken’s presentations. No wonder he’s #1 in his space!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Your presentation and the discussion that followed were both interesting and enlightening and we appreciate your contributions. Many times people referred back to your presentation over the two day retreat.”
“Our attendees gained a great deal from your valued perspectives, and we appreciate you lending your name and expertise in support of IRI’s mission.”
“The main stage audience could not get enough of you. The Vision for the 21st Century of Aging and all of your educational sessions were extremely well received. And comments from the Leadership Academy participants were over the moon.”
“I was thrilled to be a part of your Court of the Table presentation. In my opinion, you were by far the best speaker at the meeting. Your presentation was energetic, informative, and clearly right on target.”
“I had heard you were a wonderful keynote speaker, but I cannot thank you enough for giving such a stellar performance. You not only made me and the Vituoso staff look good for hiring you, but you completely energized the audience for the rest of the week of the conference.”
“Ken Dychtwald is a rock-star speaker who captures an audience with exceptional insight, compelling data, and self-effacing humor. Each attendee leaves with information they can apply the very next day.”
“Ken Dychtwald is simply extraordinary! His substantive presentation on relevant issues that affect us all is framed with an inspiring style and a persuasive delivery. Dr Dychtwald is a brilliant thought leader who grabs your attention instantly and, on merit and with solid documentation, convinces us that our tomorrows can be filled with zest and promise. What audience wouldn’t benefit measurably from that?”
“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.”
“You were a huge hit! Not only is your content very compelling, but your energy and passion for the topic take the speech from good to great.”
“You did a phenomenal job and gave everyone so much to think about. Participants continued to sing your praises and thank me for having you speak even during the reception this evening.”
“The feedback on your session was off the charts. You allowed us to end the day on a real high note.”
“You set the perfect ‘wow’ tone for the entire meeting with your energetic, informative delivery and bold message about needed changes. Members regularly quoted from your remarks for the next two days.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I would highly recommend Ken to any business or group looking for a fresh way to impact clients, employees and their business.”
“Your contributions to our program and to our theme ‘Renew the Vision’ were spectacular. We know that your professional speaking engagements are always well received, but we felt especially honored by your dedication to this event.”
“The global population is turning gray—and no one understands the economic, social, and personal impact of this better than Ken Dychtwald.”
“Ken Dychtwald is a showstopper. He is one of the few speakers that can educate, entertain, and have you laughing and crying—all at the same time.”
“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.”
“Congratulations! Your presentation at our annual convention generated the highest speaker rating in the 24-year history of this event.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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 I sincerely appreciate the time and effort that went into this, more than I can tell you.”
“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.”
“You did a terrific job of tailoring your material for maximum relevance and impact for our attendees. In addition, your presentation style—with the combination of video clips, charts and graphs, and other visuals—made your presentation both entertaining and informative.”
“As always, your presentation style was energizing, entertaining and exciting. You are one of the best at delivering highly relevant material with great take-home value.”
“Our members thought your presentation was thoughtful, interesting and very effective. That’s a ‘10’ and we thank you very much.”
Ken Dychtwald, PhD
Futurist, best-selling author, psychologist, gerontologist, entrepreneur
Over the past 35+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, and workforce implications of the age wave.
Ken is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 16 books on aging-related issues, including Bodymind; Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society; Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old; 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; Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings and, most recently, A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success. He is currently writing The Longevity Economy: Tomorrow’s Biggest Market is Hiding in Plain Sight. In 2007, he debuted as a filmmaker and host with the highly rated/acclaimed PBS documentary, The Boomer Century: 1946–2046.
Since 1986, Ken has been the founding President and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide companies and government groups in product/service development for boomers and mature adults. His client list includes over half the Fortune 500, and his explorations and innovative solutions have fertilized and catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors—from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to automotive design and retail merchandising, to financial planning and health insurance. He was recently chosen to serve as Chairman-Elect of the American Society on Aging, the largest association of professionals serving the needs of older adults.
Ken was recently honored by Investment Advisor as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. He has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum, and he was a featured speaker at both the 1995 and 2005 White House Conferences on Aging. Ken received the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership, and American Demographics 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.
During his career, Ken 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, BusinessWeek, U.S. News and World Report, the Economist, South China Morning Post, the Standard, the Straits Times, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Today Show, PBS, NPR, and BBC.
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, vital, and purposeful role for life’s second half.
Ken and his wife Maddy live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two wonderful children, Casey and Zak.