Maddy Dychtwald, Author and Co-founder of Age Wave
Maddy Dychtwald Maddy Dychtwald is a nationally recognized author, co-founder of Age Wave, and leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace, the workplace, and our lives. Having spent 25 years investigating and forecasting lifestyle, marketing, and retirement implications of the age wave, she has recently emerged as a renowned authority on the economic ascent of women, including its impact on various industries—financial services, healthcare, and consumer marketing.

Dychtwald is the author of three books: her newest, Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better (2010), explores how women are the major change agent of the decade to come. She also wrote Cycles: How We Will Live, Work, and Buy (2004), the winner of the 2004 Book of the Year Award from the National Community Colleges Association, and co-authored an illustrated children's book on personal reinvention entitled Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings (2008).

In 1986, she co-founded Age Wave, the nation’s foremost thought leader on population aging and its profound business, lifestyle, and cultural implications. The company provides breakthrough research, award-winning communications, and results-driven marketing and consulting initiatives to more than half of the Fortune 500.

During her career, she has addressed more than 300,000 business and social service leaders worldwide in organizations such as Allegiance Healthcare, Allstate Insurance, Blue Cross of California, Chevron, Direct Marketing Association, Fidelity Investments, Lincoln Financial, LPL Financial, National Association of Educators, and the World Future Society. Dychtwald has been regularly featured in prominent media worldwide, including: Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Newsweek, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NPR. She is also a popular contributor to the Huffington Post.

A graduate of New York University, Dychtwald has been married for more than 25 years and has been a working mom living in the San Francisco Bay Area for much of her adult life.