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.
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