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Neil Howe

Authority on Generations in America

Neil Howe

Authority on Generations in America


Neil Howe is the Managing Director of Demography at Hedgeye Risk Management, an independent financial research firm. 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 was 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 (1991), 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 (1997), The Boston Globe wrote, "If Howe and Strauss are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets."

Howe and Strauss originally coined the term "Millennial Generation" in 1991, and wrote the pioneering book on this generation, Millennials Rising (2000). 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 (1989; reissued 2004), a pioneering call for budgetary reform Howe co-authored with Peter G. Peterson, as well as The Graying of the Great Powers (2008) with Richard Jackson.

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

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Neil Howe

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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 their 1997 book The Fourth Turning, LifeCourse co-founders Neil Howe and William Strauss predicted that this was exactly where America would be today.  They uncovered a remarkable pattern in American history, a cycle of recurring eras driven by generational changes. 

Using this proven historical method, Neil 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. 

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.

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. Neil Howe explains how each of these generations looks 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 traces 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.