Sekou Andrews

inspirational speaker

Sekou Andrews

inspirational speaker


GRAMMY-nominated artist, Award-winning Innovation & Inspiration Expert, “Hamilton Meets TED” keynotes

Speech Topics Include:

  • He inspires you with YOUR story.
  • DIY Innovation  – Innovation is the difference between ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ and ‘Why didn’t I think LIKE that?’”
  • Disruption Mindset Shift
  • The Next, Next Level
  • The Audacity Of What If?
  • Power Through The People
  • The Science Of Wave Making
  • Find Your Voice
  • The Story Of Telling
  • Love Affair With Healthcare

Imagine harnessing the power of an engaging opening video, an electric closing performance, and an insightful main stage keynote all in one dynamic presentation. For over 20 years, Grammy-nominated artist Sekou Andrews has been helping the world’s largest organizations deliver relevant information with riveting inspiration through an innovative, unconventional category of speaking called “Poetic Voice.”

It is no surprise that Forbes Magazine has called Sekou “the de facto poet laureate of corporate America.” His “wow-factor” is in high demand with the world’s most successful organizations, including Google, Viacom, Toyota, Nike, Cisco, Linkedin, Global Green, Paypal, ASAE, The Gap, General Mills, TEDx, YPO, Capital One, L’Oreal, Autodesk, ACLU, Intuit, and the NBA to name but a few. Sekou has also emerged as an inspiring voice for health and wellness, routinely evoking tears, cheers, and standing ovations at events for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, United Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Blue Shield, TEDMED, Roche, Genentech, and the American Nurses Association.

Many of Sekou’s clients share a similar journey with his work. It begins with the words “Why would we want poetry at our leadership meeting?” and ends with the words “highest rating opening of our event, ever” and “only speaker invited back.” Sekou’s talks on disruption are in such demand because they literally embody disruption on stage, charging audiences to disrupt themselves to access their individual innovation. His keynotes on dynamic communication and storytelling show leaders how to deliver dense data through beautifully human presentations. From bold thinking and success, to healthcare and tech, Sekou’s speeches are rich with actionable insight that help attendees connect more deeply with their communities, become more influential leaders, and unlock greater possibilities.

A schoolteacher turned actor, recording artist, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, Sekou is a multi-talented entertainer with over 2 decades of experience rocking diverse audiences. His work has been featured on ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV and BET. He has given private performances for such prominent individuals as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Hillary Clinton, Coretta Scott King & family and President Obama. He has also shared the stage with such heavyweights as Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Carlos Santana, Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5, Jill Scott, and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. As a recording artist, his last album, “Poetic License,” made him the most awarded artist in the nation’s largest independent music organization.

Sekou has now returned to the classroom, teaching his rockstar secrets to public speakers through his highly effective Stage Might™ speaker training system, that helps executives, influencers and leaders become more dynamic communicators by applying the techniques of master performers to business stages.

With all of the innovation and inspiration that is poetic voice, Sekou Andrews is accomplishing the seemingly impossible – bringing spoken word to the world’s largest stages, while redefining the notion of what a speaker is… and what a poet can be.

He inspires you with YOUR story.

Sekou does not inspire you with his story. He inspires you with YOUR story. As an award-winning and internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, Sekou has mastered the art of creating original, custom-written spoken word pieces that illuminate the core of your message and transform the audience from simply receivers into energized responders.


DIY Innovation  – Innovation is the difference between ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ and ‘Why didn’t I think LIKE that?’”

As businesses scurry in pursuit of “big I” Innovation – exponential technologies, cultures of innovation, and the like – Sekou teaches leaders to see through the “little i’s” of an innovator, by innovating from within. Offering incredibly fresh perspectives on embracing failure, bold thinking and anticipating disruption, Sekou also shares his own story about the risks and rewards of disrupting the speaking industry with a cutting-edge style of communication. This insightful and inspiring talk often

surprises leaders with how much it discomforts, delights, and transforms them on a business and personal level. No doubt why it is Sekou’s most requested keynote across industries – from tech and healthcare, to finance and human resources.


Disruption Mindset Shift

“Disruption is not just a concept, it’s a feeling … it’s a mindset.”

This roller coaster-of a- speech is the embodiment of that idea. It begins with a deliberate cacophony that consistently turns on a dime while offering valuable insights from the “voices” of consumers, technology, millennials and more. Soon the experience evolves from cacophony to symphony as Sekou brings it all together, teaching you how to disrupt yourself through mindset shifts that deliver powerful business results. As an entrepreneur who is disrupting the traditional speaking model, Sekou shares inspiring stories and empowering strategies on how he helps global organizations shift their relationship to change and ready themselves for the unknown.” Prepare for an entertaining and unconventional keynote experience that will help you catch disruption’s rhythm and leave you wanting more.


The Next, Next Level

“The next level is not about reaching new heights, but reaching new depths.”

Ever since we were little, we’ve been obsessed with growth. But in order for the transformational leader to keep reaching the proverbial “next level,” you must first transform your concept of the word “growth” in a sustainable way. This unique keynote experience will help you unlock your ability to adapt and innovate, fortify your well-being, connect more deeply with your community and purpose, and lead with inspiration. You will learn how to win by losing, how to go higher by going deeper, and how to remind yourself, and your team, that you already have everything you need to perpetually reach your next level. Prepare to supercharge your resiliency through an energetic and inspiring keynote like no other.


The Audacity Of What If?

“What if there is a better way?”

As the innovator of an audacious new category of public speaking that brought poetry to industry in unprecedented ways, Sekou has mastered the art of audacity. His 20-year career helping global brands humanize messaging, began with two words: “What If?” “What if we could define business our own way?” “What if our way could set the standard for our industry?” This inspiring and interactive speech will help you ignite that same audacity needed for you to defy convention, deny limitations, and define yourselves for yourselves. It focuses on re-defining the word “touch” as a metaphor for how leaders and

brands can impact communities in increasingly purposeful ways. Prepare to engage your imagination and learn new strategies to help your business get in TOUCH with its humanity.


Power Through The People

“Diversity is disruption.”

It is uncomfortable, volatile and disrupts the stasis of “sameness”. And yet, just like with disruption, the organizations that are facing and embracing diversity end up stronger, smarter and higher-performing than their counterparts. Sekou is no stranger to tackling discomforting and disruptive topics with an engaging, emotive and highly entertaining presentation style. This interactive presentation delivers proven data and actionable takeaways to help your audience understand how DEI can strengthen performance, stimulate innovation, enhance “belonging” and future-proof your organization. Sekou will create a safe space for your audience to grapple with this troublesome topic, leaving them laughing til it hurts and shifting in their seats as they learn how to include diverse voices in their collective success story.


The Science Of Wave Making

“It’s not that we don’t understand the science behind waves… it’s just that we

like YOUR version better”

Big ideas and bold thinking are not traits exclusive to pioneering leaders. They have been lying dormant within each of us since childhood, waiting to be reignited. This speech is the spark that rekindles your access to the imagination and creativity required to stir the waters and make waves in your industry. Inspired by hilarious grade school theories on how waves are made, Sekou delivers a highly inspiring and informative keynote on why leaders must challenge convention to make transformational change. Sharing pivotal moments and insights from barrier-breaking companies and individuals, Sekou shows leaders how to spark the big ideas that make a big splash.


Find Your Voice

“Your vision is only as powerful as your voice.”

No matter how mighty the vision for your organization is, your ability to communicate it must be just as mighty. As consumers and employees expect to be moved by brands and leaders, it’s no longer enough to do your job like a rockstar; you must also communicate your value like a rockstar! So, in this interactive presentation, Sekou shares the rockstar secrets that help amplify influence through dynamic communication. Perfect for entrepreneurs, leaders, and influencers, this keynote will unlock your ability to communicate and inspire in ways that are more compelling, passionate, and human, in order to deepen your relationships with the communities you serve. The voice of your organization must be purposeful. The voice of your leadership must be inspiring. This speech will help you find that voice and tell your stories in the mightiest of ways.


The Story Of Telling

“A great story requires your ability to tell it greatly.”

Storytelling is transforming how innovative companies market themselves, engage customers and reinvent their businesses. And as the world’s leading poetic voice, no one tells stories quite like Sekou Andrews. Sekou has helped diverse divisions – from sales and marketing, to finance and IT – understand how to use strategic storytelling to inspire customers, galvanize staff and up-level leadership. This presentation will not only teach you the value of storytelling in business as an individual, it will help your organization harness the power to “sequel itself” and write the next chapter of your success story by transforming your narrative. Pulling key insights from Sekou’s “Stage Might: Storytellers” corporate training, this speech is rich with actionable takeaways on how to embed business data into compelling stories to engage your listeners on a human level.


Love Affair With Healthcare

“When is the last time you wrote a love poem at work… ABOUT work?”

What if you could remind your audience of the moment they fell in love with healthcare? What if you could reignite the passion in providers – caregivers, executives and housekeeping alike – to connect with patients on a human, heartfelt level? What if you could take your entire healthcare community on a laughter and tear-filled journey that renews their vows to provide the best quality care. If you could do that – write a love poem to healthcare that makes your audience fall back in love with it – this keynote is how it would sound.



(Custom Content)

With over 20 years experience in creating custom pieces that are highly sought after by the world’s largest brands, no one brings more success at inspiring business audiences with spoken word poetry than Sekou. Leading an elite collective of writers and performers, Sekou has taken those decades of experience and created a brand that has become the first name in powerhouse personalized poems.

The Bespoken Word Poetry™ service offers you a premiere level of customization that will turn your message into an anthem your audiences will sing for years to come.



CAPTURE: This is driven by a candid conversation you will have with Sekou, sharing your vision, revealing your hopes and challenges, and telling him the story of your organization and your audience.

CRAFT: Sekou will explore his massive poetic repertoire to select any pre-existing content that

speaks to your message, and then fuse it with original writing that further personalizes the presentation.

CONVEY: Sekou delivers a moving and memorable presentation that will leave your audience feeling like he understands them in ways that feel impossibly personal and powerful.

*Note: Pricing for a customized presentation is based both on the increased level of writing AND the increased client involvement.


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