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General Session


Sekou Andrews

Creator of "Poetic Voice" and Inspirational Speaker

Wednesday, Oct. 21 | 8:15-9:30am
Boulevard Ballroom, first floor, in the
MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center

Inspirational speaker Sekou Andrew will kick off  the first full day of AMCP Nexus 2020 as our opening general session speaker.

It is no surprise that Forbes Magazine named 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, the American Society of Association Executives, The Gap, General Mills, TEDx, YPO, Capital One, L’Oreal, Autodesk, ACLU, Intuit, and the NBA to name 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.

Sekou’s talks on disruption charge audiences to push 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 health care 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 school teacher turned actor, recording artist, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, Sekou is a multi-talented entertainer with more than two decades of experience inspiring 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 and 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 album “Poetic License” made him the most awarded artist in the nation’s largest independent music organization. In 2019, Sekou became the first contemporary poet in 12 years to receive the Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album with his latest album, “Sekou Andrews and the String Theory.”

Sekou has now returned to the classroom, teaching 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 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.