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Neil Howe    

President of Saeculum Research & LifeCourse Associates; Renowned Authority on Generations; Coined the Term "Millennial Generation"

Neil Howe is a renowned authority on generations and social change in America. An acclaimed author and speaker, he is the nation’s leading thinker on today’s generations—who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America’s future.

Howe is founder and president of the consulting firm LifeCourse Associates, where he develops and implements cutting-edge research, analysis, and consulting services to help clients understand how generations impact marketing, workforce issues, and strategic planning. LifeCourse has served hundreds of corporate, nonprofit, and government clients.

A historian, economist, and demographer, Howe is a recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migration. He is the managing director of demography at Hedgeye and president of Saeculum Research. Howe is also a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Global Aging Institute, both in Washington D.C. He has co-authored numerous studies for CSIS (including the Aging Vulnerability Index and pioneering studies on pension reform in China and South Korea).

Howe is a bestselling author who has written over a dozen books on generations, demographic change, and fiscal policy, many of them with William Strauss. Howe and Strauss’ first book, Generations is a history of America told as a sequence of generational biographies. Vice President Al Gore called it “the most stimulating book on American history that I have ever read” and sent a copy to every member of Congress.

Howe and Strauss originally coined the term “Millennial Generation” in 1991, and wrote the pioneering book on this generation, Millennials Rising, in 2000. Howe has since released several application books on Millennials—including a Recruiting Millennials Handbook for the United States Army, Millennials Go To College, Millennials and the Pop Culture, Millennials and K-12 Schools, and Millennials in the Workplace. Howe’s work has been featured frequently by media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and CBS’ 60 Minutes.

Speech Topics


America’s New Direction.

Everyone agrees that the mood across America is changing rapidly. We seem to be entering a new period of national urgency, and perhaps even global crisis, with new worries about financial collapse, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and global instability. In his 1997 book The Fourth Turning, Neil Howe predicted that this was just where America would be today. With his co-author William Strauss, he uncovered a remarkable pattern in American history, a cycle of recurring eras driven by generational changes. Using this proven historical method, Howe offers a road map that truly explains where America is today—and, more importantly, where it is heading, from the economy and consumer tastes to politics and popular culture.

Generations in the Workplace.

In today’s typical business, Boomers and Gen Xers have trouble understanding each other—and neither generation knows what to do about the rising young Millennials just coming out of school. Neil Howe explains how each of these generations look at work and life differently. Find out what the best companies are doing to unleash the potential of each generation and foster productive relationships between them.

Generational Marketing.

Many companies have recognized the need to look beyond traditional demographic categories and understand the effect generational change has on the marketing industry. Neil Howe trace the life stories and characteristics of today’s generations of consumers to help you understand what product styles and marketing messages work best for each.

Millennials & K-12 Education

Generational changes are dramatically reshaping the landscape of K-12 education—from hyper-involved parents to new issues over school security to the rising focus on teamwork and standards in the classroom. In this keynote, Neil Howe offers a road map to help educators best serve today's Millennial generation of students, align their priorities with the new Gen-X parents, and navigate a multigenerational education workforce.

Millennials & College

Meet the rising Millennial generation of students—and their hands-on parents. Understanding Millennials is key to navigating the seismic shifts occurring in America's colleges, from changing notions of campus security to the increased focus on career placement to "helicopter" moms and dads. In this keynote, Neil Howe offers a big picture perspective on the most pressing new trends and hands-on recommendations for anyone involved in college life.

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