HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Ken Dychtwald

Futurist, Best-Selling Author, Psychologist, Gerontologist, Entrepreneur, and Public Speaker


  • With Purpose: Going From Success to Significance in Work and Life
  • Retirement Wake-Up Call: The Future of Financial Services
  • Power Shift: How Women's Rising Power Will Change the World
  • The Longevity Revolution: The Future of Health and Healthcare
  • Four Generations Rethink Work, Retirement, and Sucess
  • The New Experiential Marketplace
  • How the Age Wave Will Transform the Marketplace - and Our Lives



For more than 30 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 16 books on aging-related issues, including 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 (HarperCollins).His new book is With Purpose: Going From Success to Significance in Work and Life (Collins). In 2007, he had his debut as a documentary filmmaker and host with the highly rated PBS special The Boomer Century, which to date has aired over 2,000 times on PBS stations across the country. His new PBS special, With Purpose, will begin airing nationwide in March, 2009.

In 1986, Dychtwald 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.

During his career, 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, BusinessWeek, Inc., U.S. News & 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, Dychtwald has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new and vital image of maturity.

Praise for Ken Dychtwald:

“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

“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

“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.”

– Matthew Upchurch, CEO, Virtuoso, Ltd.

“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

“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 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, President, 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, President, TV Land

“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.”

– James H. Krueger, President-Elect, 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, Chairman and Chief Executive, WPP Group, plc

“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.”

– Brian Perkins, Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Company

“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, World atWork

“Congratulations! Your presentation at our annual convention generated the highest speaker rating in the 24-year history of this event.”

– Jack O’Neill, Vice President Education and Conference Services, Securities 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 and CEO, Cunard Seabourn

“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

“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.”

– 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

“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.”

– Robert G. Kramer, President, National Investment Center

“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.”

– Charles Goldman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Schwab Institutional