A graduate of Harvard Business School 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
He was the creator and organizer of "We Are the World", "Hands Across
America", and Cisco System's "NetAid".
During the past few years, Kragen has devoted an increasing amount of
his time to consulting work for leading corporations in the United
States as well as many non-profit organizations.
Amazingly over 95% of the acts he managed have become stars, and 90% of
the projects he created and spearheaded have achieved success.
Kragen has 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's, Emma's, best-selling
children's book. (
He 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 many years, he has 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 around the world to receive