Ken Druck

  • About Dr. Ken Druck

    Ken Druck, Ph.D. 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 over 35 years ago, he has since then moved his endeavors to personal coaching and corporate consulting. Ken has also 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.” Ken’s latest book is The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your Own (Hay House).

    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 many hundreds of times, including appearances on 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.

    Ken Druck and daughter Jenna

    Ken Druck and his daughter Jenna

    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.

    Recipient of LEAD San Diego’s “Visionary of the Year” award in 2004, Dr. Druck is often called upon to consult in national trauma situations, such as in New York after 9-11 and at Columbine and Santana High Schools after school shootings.

    Ken Druck and Hillary Clinton

    Dr. Druck with Hillary Clinton

    Ken has worked with the FDNY and the U.S. Justice Department and assisted in the rollout of California’s historic violence prevention legislation (SB 1667) in 2004. He was recognized by President George Bush and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at the one-year anniversary of 9-11 held at Ground Zero – and awarded “Distinguished Contribution to Psychology” by the California Psychiatric Association.

    Dr. Druck addresses wide-ranging audiences around the country on the topics of grief literacy, violence prevention, parenting and the healing process, including The Harvard School of Public Health and Young Presidents Organization. He also gives high school assemblies on “Life Lessons from Grief.”

    Ken received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Fielding Institute.

    We define (and distinguish) ourselves by how selflessly and courageously we love, summon up strength of heart (compassion and humility) in times of adversity, reinvent ourselves over a lifetime and give something back to the world. – Dr. Ken Druck