The Speaker’s Bio
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.
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.
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. 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.
A few years ago, Sekou Andrews was amazed to discover that his father wrote a 7 page poem about him as he was being born. So it’s no surprise that Sekou went on to become a full-time poet, purchased his first home with poetry, proposed to his wife on stage with poetry, and was even invited to the White House for poetry. Poetry, however was not his initial muse. After moving from the bay area to Washington DC, Sekou discovered acting and hip-hop and pursued them both through high school – at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, then Georgetown Day School – and college at Pitzer College in southern California, where he received his B.A. in Sociology.
On course to becoming an entertainment lawyer, he quickly realized his heart was in his art. So he decided to subsidize his transition into the music industry with substitute teaching. Oh, how infectiously cute those kids are! Four years of full-time teaching later, he realized, again, that his heart was still in his art. So, having built a name for himself on the poetry scene, and just off the filming of Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry, he took the leap of faith to become a full–time poet. He has not looked back.
Sekou won the national poetry slam championship twice, featured in two national spoken word tours – including Declare Yourself, the voting initiative founded by TV/film legend Norman Lear that registered over 1 million new voters – and saw the acclaim from his two spoken word CDs make the most awarded artist in Just Plain Folks, the nations largest independent music organization.
With 2 being the magic number for this rising artist, Sekou teamed up with creative partner Steve Connell and created two successful shows – “No Easy Choices,” which electrified crowds at the Aspen Comedy Fest and “The Word Begins”, which enjoyed critical acclaim and 3 Helen Hayes Award nominations. The duo has also performed at private events for Barack Obama (by special request of Oprah Winfrey) and Hillary Clinton (by special request of Quincy Jones), and inspired sold out crowds at countless other high profile events, including the Pasadena Pops Orchestra summer series, the Marian Anderson Awards and the 2009 Inaugural Peace Ball.
Now in love with spoken word and insistent that it deserved a larger platform, Sekou set out on a journey to show the world the commercially-viable power of poetry that led him to create an entirely new, cutting edge-form of motivational speaking called Poetic Voice. Through his unique blend of inspirational speaking, strategic storytelling, poetry, theater and comedy, Sekou helps individuals and organizations tell their most powerful stories, and shows them the best version of themselves so that they can live into it.
This is more than a career path for Sekou, it is a legacy. His dream is that Poetic Voice will become the household name for people looking for the best way to tell their stories; that it will be a new career that young poets can be when they grow up; and, most importantly, that it will make it possible for Sekou to not only write a poem for his first child as he/she is being born, but to give his child an amazing life abundant with, and made possible by, poetry.