Over the past 35+ years, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, leisure and workforce implications of the longevity revolution and the age wave.
Ken is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker 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 A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success. He is currently writing two new books – The Longevity Economy: Tomorrow’s Biggest Market is Hiding in Plain Sight and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
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. He has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum, and was a featured speaker at two White House Conferences on Aging. American Demographics honored him as the single most influential marketer to baby boomers over the past quarter century and he has twice received the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership. 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. 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. Recently, he and his wife Maddy were the recipients of the Esalen Prize for outstanding contributions to advancing the worldwide field of human potential.
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.
Ken and his wife Maddy live in the San Francisco Bay Area.