Ken Dychtwald

  • Futurist
  • President of Age Wave
  • Bestselling Author of With Purpose: Going from Success to significance in Work and Life

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 longevity revolution. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of sixteen books on health, wellness and aging-related issues.

 
  

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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.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Ken Dychtwald
  • Securities Industry Association
  • WorldatWork
  • Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Johnson & Johnson Company
  • WPP Group plc
  • LAMP
  • AdvaMed
  • LIMRA International
  • Top of the Table Million Dollar Roundtable
  • President Jimmy Carter
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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 t ...

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 and retirement be changed? What is the #1 retirement “wildcard?” How the sandwich generation has morphed into multigenerational “Rubik” families and the vast implications of this for all generations. A vision of retirees’ changing role in American life - from lifelong learning and legacy to mentoring and philanthropreneuring. How financial professionals can most effectively help people fund their new retirement hopes, dreams and purpose.

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 ...

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. Young workers are struggling to enter the workforce during tough economic times. What makes each of the four working generations tick – and perform at their best? What are they looking to get from - and give to – their jobs? How will they measure success in this new era? This presentation will explore these issues while showing how to retain and attract valuable talent and enhance productivity through programs such as: creative use of flexible work arrangements, innovative learning and mentoring opportunities, sabbaticals, retraining, re-careering, flex-retirement and creative compensation and benefits programs.

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 build ...

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? Is it too late to go back to school, start a new and gratifying career (or turbo-charge your current one), fall in love again, reinvent yourself? Since happiness is about more than what's in the bank, what are the essential components of an all-weather, successful “life portfolio” - with a significant investment in head, heart, spirit and civic engagement? This hopeful and motivating new presentation answers the essential questions: what is success now and what is the new purpose of life’s second half?

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 ...

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 with the wary public. Meet the “Ageless Explorers,” the “Comfortably Contents,” the “Live for Todays” and the “Sick and Tireds.” Learn how each group feels about their lives, their prospects for fulfilling their hopes and dreams for retirement and what role financial planning, employer support and/or government policies have played in getting them to where they are today. This presentation also covers how the emerging adult lifestage demands of careers, parenthood, eldercare, grandparenthood, singlehood, disability and rehirement will affect savings and retirement funding.

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Biography

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, A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success and 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, Financial Times, Fortune, TIME, Newsweek, Businessweek, U.S. News & 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.