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"We define (and distinguish) ourselves by how selflessly and courageously we love, summon up strength of heart (i.e. compassion and humility) in times of adversity, reinvent ourselves over a lifetime and give something back to the world."
Dr. Ken Druck has earned countless accolades as an author, speaker, organizational consultant and coach, master facilitator, parent educator and community leader over the past 35 years. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including "Distinguished Contribution to Psychology", "Family Advocate of the Year" and "Visionary Leadership" for his innovative body of work with individuals, the community and our nation.
Although Ken's distinguished career began in Clinical Psychology where he earned his doctorate, he has been on the cutting edge of community and consulting psychology since the mid- 1970's. Ken founded a variety of community-based organizations to address the needs of its members. Most recently, he co-founded the Community Editorial Board of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Ken has published voluminously, including popular books like "The Secrets Men Keep" and "How to Talk to Your Kids..." and spoken-word CD's such as "Healing Your Life After the Loss of a Loved One" (done originally for the 9-11 families).
Ken Druck has consulted with the executive management teams and Boards of some of the world's most successful and innovative organizations, including Pfizer and Microsoft. Having worked with top leaders in business and government as a coach, Ken helped pioneer the field of executive coaching. He has taught innovative workshops and inspired audiences around the world, with upbeat presentations for distinguished organizations including The Young Presidents Organization and Million-Dollar Roundtable. He has appeared in local and national media (television, radio and print) many hundreds of times, including Oprah, Larry King Live, Donahue and Anderson Cooper, helping the general public deal with everything from the day-to-day challenges of living to terrible tragedies.
Above all his career accomplishments, and the considerable success of his company, Druck Enterprises, Inc., Ken has always prided himself on being a good and loving father, son, brother, uncle, friend, community member and citizen.
In 1996, Ken's life changed dramatically. The tragic death of his oldest daughter, Jenna, on a study abroad trip in India, inspired Ken to put his career aside and found the Jenna Druck Center. To honor Jenna, Ken, his loyal staff, Board and volunteers build the Center's programs, Families Helping Families (helping families who had lost a child) and Spirit of Leadership (a Jenna creation for teen girls), into highly-acclaimed, award-winning programs. Today, the Center has directly helped over 7,500 bereaved families and trained over 15,000 young women.
After many years of 60-70 hour work weeks as Executive Director, Chairman of the Board and primary resource for bereaved families at The Jenna Druck Center, Ken has gradually stepped back from the day-to-day operations. Wanting to touch even more lives with his message of hope, Ken went into retreat and wrote "The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life's Terms with Our Own." Ken also hired an amazing new team and revived Druck Enterprises Inc. to resume his coaching, consulting and speaking careers on a national and global stage.