About Sekou

When Sekou Andrews tells people that, before creating a new inspirational speaker category, he was a successful “full-time poet,” you would think that he had said “full-time mermaid,” or “freelance unicorn” based on the reactions he gets. But the truth is no less fantastical. A week in the life of the world’s #1 Poetic Voice could find him presenting a customized talk for international executives, giving the keynote at a business conference, and performing poems for Barack Obama in Oprah Winfrey’s backyard...

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When they tell you talk is cheap, Tell them silence is unaffordable


What People are Saying

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


Sekou is my secret weapon when I want my events to have that extra spark of distinction...my staff knows my mantra – ‘If I could have anyone perform at this event, I WANT MY
POETIC VOICE!’

QUINCY JONES Legendary Music Producer


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


The Speaker’s Bio

Sekou Andrews is inspiring the business world one poem at a time with The Sekou Effect. As the world’s leading Poetic Voice, Sekou creates personalized poetic presentations that give voice to the messages and missions of organizations and help them tell their most powerful stories. He is creator of this cutting-edge category of speaking that combines strategic storytelling, inspirational speaking, spoken word poetry, and the power of theater and comedy to make events into experiences, and transform 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 a customized talk for international executives, giving the keynote at a business conference, and performing poems for Barack Obama in Oprah Winfrey’s backyard and Hillary Clinton in Quincy Jones’ living room. 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, Larry King, Norman Lear, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, and Coretta Scott King and family. Companies and organizations that have experienced “The Sekou Effect” include Kraft, Nike, Time Warner, Global Green, Banana Republic, eBay, Microsoft, Google, LinkedIn, Express, Paypal, General Mills, TEDx, Wieden+Kennedy, NBA, NCAA, Chopra Center, Experient, Singularity University and the Million Dollar Roundtable to name but a few. Sekou has also emerged as an engaging voice for healthcare, routinely evoking tears, cheers, and standing ovations at various cutting edge conferences/clients, including Johnson & Johnson, Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, TEDMED, Roche, IHI Forum, Medco, Health Media, SCHA Patient Safety Symposium, Sharp Healthcare, Big Task Weekend, Medco, and Health 2.0.

Puts the inspiration in information 
and adds goosebumps to presentations.

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 during its premiere run in Washington DC. As a recording artist and producer, Sekou’s latest album, “Poetic License,” has made him the most awarded artist in the nation’s largest independent music organization.

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.