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Keynote Speaker Sekou Andrews

Sekou Andrews

Inspirational Artist, Playwright, Actor and Musician

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $40,001 + i
  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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Sekou Andrews’s Key Accomplishments Include . . .
As the world’s leading Poetic Voice, Sekou creates powerful poetic presentations that give voice to the missions of organizations and help them tell their most powerful stories. He is the creator of this new, refreshing, cutting-edge speaking category that fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable. Bringing the power of art to business through his unique, dynamic blend of strategic storytelling, business insight, spoken word, theater and comedy, he makes events into experiences, and transforms audiences of informed receivers into enrolled responders. Sekou does more than inspire us with his story; he inspires us with our story.

An elementary schoolteacher turned actor, musician, national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and now award-winning Poetic Voice, any given day may now find Sekou presenting an original talk for international marketing executives, giving a keynote speech at a leadership conference, or performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s. His work has been featured on such diverse national media outlets as ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV and BET, and he has performed privately for such prominent individuals as Maya Angelou, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Hillary Clinton, Norman Lear, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, and Coretta Scott King and family. Organizations that have experienced poetic voice include Nike, Time Warner, Cisco, Global Green, eBay, Microsoft, Google, Upward Bound, The GAP, LinkedIn, Express, Paypal, General Mills, TEDx, Wieden+Kennedy, NBA, NCAA, LPGA, Chopra Center, AutoDesk, Experient, Singularity University and the Million Dollar Roundtable to name but a few. Sekou has also emerged as an engaging voice for health and wellness, routinely evoking tears, cheers, and standing ovations at various cutting edge conferences/clients, including Johnson & Johnson, Mayo Clinic, Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, TEDMED, Roche, IHI Forum, Genentech, American Nurses Association, and Health 2.0.

Beyond the business world, Sekou, along with creative partner Steve Connell, has inspired audiences from the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival to The Pasadena Pops Orchestra. He is also a successful voiceover artist and actor with several national commercials and 3 feature films on his resume; not to mention his two-man spoken word play “The Word Begins”, with Connell, which received critical acclaim and garnered 3 Helen Hayes award nominations. As a recording artist and producer, Sekou’s last album, “Poetic License,” made him the most awarded artist in the nation’s largest independent music organization. Most recently Sekou has been teaching his speaking secrets to world-class speakers through his Stage Might speaker training, which unlocks people’s hidden speaking power by training them in the proven techniques performers, artists, and rockstars.

With all of the innovation and inspiration that is Poetic Voice, Sekou Andrews gives voice to our most powerful stories and shows us the best version of ourselves, so we can live into it.

Testimonials 4

  • “Sekou is a true master at his craft; his ability to transform ideas and insights into powerful and compelling stories is truly an amazing gift. That gift combined with his professionalism makes him a rare talent.”

    Trevor Edwards

    VP Global Brand Nike

  • “What is most amazing about Sekou was his preparation for our meeting… why did [the audience] love him? Because HE SPOKE THEIR LANGUAGE..He went the extra mile to learn the language of our industry.”

    Jennifer Borislow

    President Million Dollar Roundtable

  • I was like, “Oh, there’s this poet coming in … this is going to be totally lame and boring.” But when he came onto the stage… I was absolutely mesmerized with his ability to turn the audience on. Our challenge is “How do we get people thinking differently?” And I’ve got to tell you, I paid for a catalogue speech and this guy came in and delivered one of the most exceptional experiences that this company has had. We’ve seen a tremendous amount of shift in our people.”

    Jarrod Dogan

    CEO, Hybrid Apparel

  • “It’s hard to imagine the artistry of this young man; his ability to take a concept – factual information – weave it into a story, move an audience, and structure a presentation of the most complex [form], taking us up and taking us down. It’s not a single message, but a series of waves; a crescendo, and they don’t end in the beach, they end in hope and understanding. I’m in awe of his talents.”

    Richard Saul Wurman

    Creator. TED conference

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Themes: Strategic Storytelling, Engagement, Leadership, Compelling Communication, Marketing/Sales
Length: 2-8 hour

“Your story is only as great as your ability to tell it greatly.” As consumers connect with brands on a more personal level, companies are rapidly embracing the power of storytelling. Problem is, many leaders and executives have so defined themselves by data, that they’ve forgotten a universal truth – we are all storytellers! So this interactive keynote makes participants insist on telling stories first, and then teaches them to embed data into those stories in such a way that amplifies the power of both. With over 15 years of experience in helping global organizations tell their stories more powerfully, Sekou brings a unique approach to teaching sales, marketing, communications and senior leadership teams how to deliver information through inspiration.

This training will be the most fun your audience has ever had while learning.

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