Maddy Dychtwald, Co-Founder, Age Wave
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Location: San Francisco
On October 11th, Alliance members welcomed Maddy Dychtwald, Co-Founder of Age Wave, to the San Francisco Bently Reserve for a private, insightful conversation. For more than 30 years, Maddy has been deeply involved in exploring all aspects of the age wave and how it’s transforming the marketplace, the workplace, our world, and our lives. Along the way, she has become an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and thought leader on longevity, aging, the new retirement, and the economic ascent of women.
Alliance members enjoyed learning about Maddy’s work with more than half of the Fortune 500 companies in industries ranging from healthcare and medical technology to financial services and consumer products. With women at the forefront of the longevity revolution, Maddy discussed her research into women’s endurance-related wants, needs and challenges and shared a number of surprising insights into the increasing influence of women on most every aspect of our economy and our lives.
Maddy has led numerous acclaimed studies on women and money, including the landmark “Women, Money and Power” sponsored by Allianz and, most recently, “Women and Financial Wellness: Beyond the Bottom Line” for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In addition, she has been involved in more than 25 thought leadership research studies worldwide on aging, longevity, retirement, health, family, caregiving, housing, and leisure, which have cumulatively garnered more than twelve billion media impressions.
Maddy has written on the economic ascent of women, including how it will transform financial services, healthcare, and consumer marketing. She is the author of three books, Cycles: How We Will Live, Work, and Buy, voted Book of the Year by the National Community Colleges Association; Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better; and the children’s/young readers’ book Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings. Currently she is writing a new book that combines her professional and personal passions: Ageless Aging: 50 Simple Hacks to Reboot Your Life. Maddy has also been featured in various media outlets including: Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and TIME. As a member of the Wall Street Journal’s Expert Panel on Retirement, her articles have climbed to the Journal’s top-read lists for 2017 and 2018, covering topics like wealth management and financial planning.
In her personal life, Maddy is committed to eradicating dementia after watching family members struggle with the disease. She is the co-founder of Women Against Alzheimer’s and a board member of BrightFocus Foundation, which funds early stage research to eradicate diseases of the brain and eye. She is a also a founding member of the XPRIZE Alzheimer’s Braintrust, gearing up to globally crowdsource innovation solutions to end the Alzheimer’s disease. She considers longevity both a “demographic phenomenon and a personal journey” with the perspective of a working mom living as a now empty nester, which fuels her focus in her professional life as well.
Learn more about Maddy and Age Wave at agewave.com.