Neil Howe

Generations Expert and Demographer
Neil Howe
  • Expert on American generations, teaching audiences about the trends of the upcoming workforce
  • Coauthored several best-selling books used by businesses, colleges, and government agencies
  • Originally coined the term “Millennial Generation”

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Neil 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 a senior associate to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., where he helps direct the CSIS Global Aging Initiative.

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 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 in the media, including USA Today, CNN, the New York Times, and CBS' 60 Minutes.

Previously, with Peter G. Peterson, Howe co-authored On Borrowed Time, a pioneering call for budgetary reform and 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.

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Neil Howe Discusses About Millennials

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Neil Howe - The Fourth Turning Explained - Boomers vs Millennials Generational Crisis

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-X'ers 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.

Other topics include Generations and Global Perspectives, Generations and Social Trends, and Generations and Entertainment. In addition, Howe can customize his speech to specific industries.

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