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Sekou Andrews

The World’s Leading Poetic Voice

Sekou Andrews is the world’s leading Poetic Voice – a presenter / performer who is disrupting the speaking industry in unprecedented ways. A schoolteacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, any given day may now find Sekou keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or even performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard.

Los Angeles, California, USA


D.i.Y. Innovation
As companies, large and small, grapple with how to face disruption and inspire a culture of innovation, this keynote reminds your audience to innovate from within first. Sekou offers a creative perspective on embracing failure, encouraging unconventional thinking and being the kind of leader who walks your innovation talk. This hilarious and powerful talk will impact your audience’s mindset on a business and personal level, as Sekou shares his own story of creating cutting‐edge style of communication, illustrating that “Innovation is simply the difference between ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ and ‘Why didn’t I think LIKE that?’”]

Success Through Storytelling
Storytelling is transforming how innovative companies market themselves, engage customers and reinvent their businesses. Sekou has helped audiences – from sales teams and marketers, to grant writers and techies – understand how to embed information into engaging stories that reach consumers on a human level. Pulling key material from his training on storytelling, this speech is rich with strategic insight on how to always find the story in your data, delivered through Sekou’s creative, experiential style of storytelling.

Success Junkie
If you want to celebrate, or want to create, a culture of winners, hustlers, and go-getters in your community, then ‘Success Junkie’ will rock your audience. Set in the world of a support group for success addicts, this rousing, edgy and hilarious speech will celebrate your ambition, improve your self-care, and inspire your excellence. Rich with strategic insight on storytelling, shifting perspective, and the winner’s mind set, Sekou teaches you how to own your story so that you rewrite your ending and create the kind of success that is unending.

Love Affair with Healthcare
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.

The New Money
This speech, in various forms, has been shared with diverse audiences – from TEDxWallstreet, to Conscious Capitalism, to the GAP. Its edgy message dances at the crossroads between the discomfort needed to compel change, and the inspiration needed to ignite possibility. Beginning with the declaration “This year, it’s about the money!”, Sekou embarks upon a journey of redefining wealth ‐ from the most self‐serving definitions to the most holistic. “True wealth is not defined by whether I can pay for it, but whether I can pay it forward.” Remind your attendees to invest in themselves and their communities, and “make dollars that make change.”


Say World | Bridgebuilder Award

2002 & 2003
National Poetry Slam Champion

  • What is most amazing about Sekou was his preparation for our meeting. He did the research, he reviewed Insurance contracts … so his preparation was stellar. He CLEARLY made this a priority. And his outcome was absolutely spectacular! The audience loved him, and why did they love him?… Because he spoke THEIR language. He went the extra mile to learn the language of our industry and then, very poetically, gave it right back at us. He is AMAZING.

    - President, Million Dollar Roundtable
  • It’s hard to imagine the artistry of this young man; his ability to take a concept, factual information, compassion and ideas, weave it into a story … and move an audience and structure a presentation … I’m in awe of his talents.

    - Founder TED & TEDMED Conference
  • The reaction was very positive, both, to his remarkable talent, but even more importantly, to the messages he was convening and the messages his performance conveyed to us; it helped us have a really productive meeting thereafter.

    - CEO, eBay
  • As a marketing professional, I’m in the business of creating experiences for people. There are very few things I’ve found that really move people in a way that Sekou does. He does it with intelligence and with complete relevancy to whatever project you’re working on.

    - Senior Marketing Manager Accenture
  • Sekou deciphers those business messages in a universal language and connects people, whether on camera or live. He can take a video presentation or business meeting from humorous and informational, to powerful and inspirational. Frankly, it’s hard to describe the Sekou effect accurately. You just have to take a meeting with him. I’ve taken him to clients who thought they got it, then had him perform one excerpt live in a board room, and they were hooked! Take one meeting with him and I’m sure you’ll get excited about the possibilities.

    - Owner Sound Images
  • It was amazing, very insightful, and with his beautiful humor [he] actually showed the dark side of American health. Congratulations.

    - Deepak Chopra, Bestselling Author The Chopra Center
  • Performing for academics, county and state officials, or college students, it didn’t matter. Mr. Andrews “killed.” This is a very gifted man, of great inspiration, who never fails, from the first onstage moment, to entertain and inform.

    - Founder ACT III / People for the American Way

Summary Profile

Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a new, cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable. His dynamic blend of strategic storytelling, business insight, spoken word, theater and comedy turns 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.

It is no surprise that Forbes 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, Paypal, General Mills, TEDx, YPO, Capital One, L’Oreal, Autodesk, ACLU, Intuit, and the NBA to name but a few. Sekou’s work has also been featured on such diverse national media outlets as ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV and BET, and he has given private performances for such prominent individuals as Maya Angelou, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Hillary Clinton, Norman Lear, and Coretta Scott King and family. 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. 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.

Sekou is a multi-talented entertainer with over 2 decades of experience rocking audiences across platforms and genres. As a recording artist and producer, his last album, “Poetic License,” made him the most awarded artist in the nation’s largest independent music organization. Sekou has shared the stage with such heavyweights as Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Carlos Santana, Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5, Jill Scott and John Legend. He is also a successful voiceover artist and actor with several national commercials, 3 feature films, and an original, critically acclaimed, two-man play on his resume. When teamed with creative partner Steve Connell, Sekou has inspired audiences from the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival to The Pasadena Pops Orchestra. With all of the innovation and inspiration that is poetic voice, Sekou Andrews is accomplishing the seemingly impossible – bringing spoken word poetry to the world’s largest stages, while redefining the notion of what a speaker is, and what a poet can be.