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Ken Dychtwald's speaking fee falls within range: $50,000 to $75,000 (Speakers' virtual presentation fees are generally around 60-80% of the in-person fee range noted here.)
Deemed the “Prophet of the Coming Age Boom” by Forbes magazine, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has spent over 30 years exploring the demographic shift caused by aging Baby boomers and the resulting market changes and creations. He is the founding President and CEO of AgeWave, a firm that advises companies on services and products aimed at the U.S.’s fastest growing demographic: senior citizens.
A boomer himself, Dr. Dychtwald has been one of the world’s foremost advocates for reinventing the way modern society views and incorporates senior citizens into its structure. He has penned sixteen books and numerous articles on the topic, including his award-winning paper “It’s Time to Retire Retirement” featured in The Harvard Business Review.
Dr. Dychtwald’s tireless work to prepare individuals and society for a world where more and more people surpass 100 years of life, has garnered him multiple awards and recognition. Among his long list of honors, he has been named one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services sector over the past 35 years by Investment Advisor and “the leading national expert on Positive Aging” by J Walter Thompson.
Over the past 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, 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 and a children’s book, Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings. His most recent book is 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/acclaimed PBS special The Boomer Century: 1946-2046.
Ken Dychtwald has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum and 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 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.
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 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.
Dr. Dychtwald has addressed more than two million people worldwide in 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, Financial Times, Fortune, Time Newsweek, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, HK Daily News, South China Morning Post, The Standard, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Today Show, PBS, NPR and BBC.
Through highly acclaimed presentations, 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 meaningful role for life’s second half.
“How do we match our health span to our life span?” Dr. Ken Dychtwald investigates in a thought-provoking look at the challenges that come with the increasing longevity we’re seeing. True, people are living longer, but we’re also seeing higher rates of “horrific diseases” such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, which affects almost half the population over the age of 85.
With life spans expected to increase up to 150 or perhaps even 200 years in coming generations, how do we ensure that half of that time is not spent incapacitated by illness?
Dr. Dychtwald imagines a wide range of hypothetical situations, some in which a privileged few can purchase longevity, some in which Silicon Valley type innovation makes exponential progress in the problems associated with aging in the 21st century, and some in which more and more people begin laying down the terms under which they wish to continue living or end their own life.
One of the nation’s foremost visionaries on lifestyle, marketing and workforce implications as it relates to the aging population, Dr. Ken Dychtwald discusses the senior customer of today and tomorrow, “how the Baby Boomers are changing aging, and how aging is changing the Baby Boomers.”
Integrating various fields, he takes an in-depth look at both the challenges and opportunities that longevity presents. No matter what industry your group comes from, Dr. Dychtwald offers valuable information your organization will need to adapt to the giant demographic shift that’s only just beginning to sweep the U.S. and the world.
Note: All of these presentations can be customized to specific audiences and industries.
How the Age Wave Will Transform the Marketplace, the Workplace
and Our Lives
Increasing longevity, declining fertility and aging baby boomers are triggering an enormous “age wave.” This demographic tsunami has the potential to create ground-breaking marketplace and work/talent opportunities—and equally compelling social and financial challenges.
This informative, motivating and entertaining presentation will explore:
(Note: This presentation can be shaped to focus either on the US, North American or global Age Wave.)
Re-Visioning Retirement: New Timing, New Purpose, New Planning, New Funding
Everyone’s retirement clock has been reset as a result of the recession. But highly acclaimed Age Wave research reveals a surprising finding: This could be a good thing, for individuals, the consumer marketplace and financial planning professionals.
This presentation will explore:
The Cure for Our Aging Healthcare System
Whether we live long lives with vitality and purpose or sickness and suffering will depend to a great extent on our ability to reshape the skills, services and incentives of our current healthcare system. This new presentation provides a visionary glimpse into the future, outlining the critical course corrections required to create healthy aging and productive longevity.
Topics to be covered include:
A New Agenda for 21st-Century Aging:
Seven Critical Course Corrections Needed for a Century of Successful Aging
Will the aging of America prove to be a triumph or a tragedy? Based on 35-plus years at the crossroads of demography, gerontology, healthcare and business, Ken Dychtwald provides a big-picture presentation designed to inform, startle, provoke and motivate us toward the seven critical course corrections needed for a century of successful aging.
Questions to be asked—and answered:
Optimizing Generational Diversity:
Four Cohorts Rethink Work, Money, Family, Retirement and Success
For the first time in history, four generations of active adults are simultaneously participating in the workforce and marketplace. Each has its own lifestyle values, attitudes about work and money, means of connecting and communicating, role models and marketplace preferences.
This high-impact presentation will examine:
This presentation can focus on how to attract and retain valuable talent and enhance productivity through the creative use of flexible work arrangements, innovative learning, mentoring and sponsoring opportunities, sabbaticals, retraining, re-careering, flex-retirement, and creative compensation and benefits programs. Alternatively, it can orient toward the most effective ways to reach out to—and connect with—Millennials, Gen Xers, Boomers and members of the Silent Generation.
“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, President, National Association for Home Care and Hospice
“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.”
Jay Wintrob, President and CEO, SunAmerica Financial Group
“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 were 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 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.”
Laurence Barton, Ph.D., President and CEO, The American College
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A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success
Happiness in life is about more than what′s in your bank account or stock portfolio. Success is more than achieving power and respect. Each one of us has a responsibility for changing the world in a positive, significant, and enduring way—and the challenge is less daunting than you might think.
In this hopeful and motivating book, author Ken Dychtwald shares inspiring stories of people who have made a difference and points us to resources that will enable us to do the same. All it takes is an investment in head, heart, and spirit. For those of us who find ourselves asking, “Now what?” A New Purpose has the answers.
Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent
What Companies Must Do Now to Survive the Impending Talent Crisis
Unprecedented shifts in the age distribution and diversity of the global labor pool are underway. Within the decade, as the massive boomer generation begins to retire and fewer skilled workers are available to replace them, companies in industrialized markets will face a labor shortage and brain drain of dramatic proportions.
Ken Dychtwald, Tamara Erickson, and Robert Morison argue that companies ignore these shifts at great peril. Survival will depend on redefining retirement and transforming management and human resource practices to attract, accommodate, and retain workers of all ages and backgrounds. Based on decades of groundbreaking research and study, the authors present innovative and actionable management techniques for leveraging the knowledge of mature workers, reengaging disillusioned midcareer workers, and attracting and retaining talented younger workers.
This timely book will help organizations sustain their competitive edge in tomorrow’s inevitably tighter labor markets.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the average 40-year-old could expect to live only 6 more years. Now, with average longevity soaring above 77 years, 40-year-olds are barely past the midpoint of their lives. Psychologist and gerontologist Ken Dychtwald has spent decades researching the possibilities and potential pitfalls of aging. The author of Age Power and Age Wave offers readers specific advice about pursuing dreams, deepening relationships, and achieving financial freedom. Required baby boomer reading.
Do you want to stop worrying about money and start having more fun? Do you wish you had more time to spend with family and friends? Do you want to live the life you always envisioned? Then it′s time for your Power Years.
The Power Years is your step-by-step guide to repowerment and personal reinvention after forty. In this unique guidebook, world-renowned psychologist and leading authority on aging Ken Dychtwald and award-winning journalist Daniel J. Kadlec combine their decades of cutting-edge research and reporting to reveal how you can make the Power Years the best years of your life—by far. As we baby boomers move into the next stage of life, we now have the opportunity to experience a mold-shattering period of reinvention and personal growth, career liberation, nourishing relationships, and financial freedom. The Power Years helps us envision and embrace this new chapter of life as we develop a carefully thought-out plan for personal fulfillment.
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