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Neil Howe    

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

Neil Howe is the Managing Director of Demography at Hedgeye Risk Management, an independent financial research firm, as well as President of LifeCourse Associates. Howe is a renowned authority on generations and social change in America. An acclaimed bestselling 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.

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

Howe 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. Newt Gingrich called it "an intellectual tour de force." Of their book "The Fourth Turning," The Boston Globe wrote, "If Howe and Strauss are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets."

Howe looks once again to America’s past to predict our future in his New York Times Bestselling new book, "The Fourth Turning is Here" with a startling and hopeful prophecy for how our present era of civil unrest will resolve over the next ten years—and what our lives will look like once it has.

Howe and Strauss originally coined the term "Millennial Generation" in 1991, and wrote the pioneering book on this generation, "Millennials Rising." His work has been featured frequently by media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and CBS' 60 Minutes.

Previous works include "On Borrowed Time,", a pioneering call for budgetary reform Howe co-authored with Peter G. Peterson, as well as "The Graying of the Great Powers" with Richard Jackson.

Howe received his B.A. at U.C. Berkeley and later earned graduate degrees in economics and history from Yale University.

Speech Topics

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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