A graduate of Harvard Business School Ken Kragen‘s illustrious career far transcends the music and entertainment industries where he has spent many incredibly successful years. He has managed some of the world’s most important entertainers, including Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Newton John, The Bee Gees, Burt Reynolds, The Smothers Brothers and many others. He was the creator and organizer of ”We Are the World”, “Hands Across America”, and Cisco System’s ”NetAid”. Amazingly over 95% of the acts he managed have become stars, and 90% of the projects he created and spearheaded have achieved success.
During the past few years, Kragen has devoted an increasing amount of his time to speaking and writing as well as consulting work for leading corporations and many non-profit organizations. He has done work for Cisco Systems, New York Life Insurance, Eastman Kodak, The Hollywood Reporter and the Country Radio Broadcasters Association to name a few. His newest project is called “The Ultimate Music Success Summit” and brings together the top people in the music and career consulting industries as well as several experts in the hot field of social media. The three day event will give aspiring artists and others incredible skills with which to maximize their opportunities to be a success in a career in music.
Kragen has also produced a variety of film and television projects, ranging from the ground-breaking ”Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” on CBS to Kenny Rogers’”Gambler” movies, and numerous series, mini-series and films. Most recently, Kragen produced the ”12 Dogs of Christmas” live action, full length feature film based on his daughter, Emma’s, best-selling children’s book. (www.12DogsofChristmas.com) To date this project has sold 600,000 books and 750,000 DVDs.
Ken and his friend Quincy Jones produced a portion of the 1992 Presidential Inauguration and Kragen recently did some consulting work for the Obama transition team. He has written the best-selling book ”Life is a Contact Sport” which is filled with unique and well tested career advice.
He has lectured at Harvard Business School, USC, Loyola, the University of Tennessee and many other schools. For years, he taught courses at UCLA’s Extension Program based on his unique concepts of career development and formulas for advancing projects to a higher level of excellence. Kragen is most proud of receiving the United Nations Peace Medal for the creation of “Hands Across America”, and “We Are the World”, making him one of a mere handful of private citizens to receive this honor.
Among dozens of awards Ken Kragen has been celebrated by the NAACP, the Los Angeles Advertising Women, and the Boys And Girls Club of America. He received two MTV Awards, An American Music Award, several Emmy nominations, EBONY’s American Black Achievement Award, Manager of the Year Award from theConference of Personal Managers and the International Citizen Of The Year Awardfrom the International Visitors Council. He was Alumnus of the Year at his alma matter, the University of California, Berkeley. He is the only individual ever elected President of both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music. He serves on several charity Boards including The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation,Community In Schools and USA for Afric