April 12-15 • Denver, CO

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Sekou Andrews • Second Plenary Session  •  Wednesday, April 3 •  1:00 pm

D.I.Y. Innovation

Innovation is the difference between “Why didn’t I think of that?” and “Why didn’t I think LIKE that?’”

As businesses scurry in pursuit of “big I” Innovation – exponential technologies, cultures of innovation and the like – This presentation will teach leaders to see through the “little I’s” of an innovator, by innovating from within. Offering incredibly fresh perspectives on embracing failure, bold thinking and anticipating disruption, Sekou also shares his own story about risks and rewards of disrupting the speaking industry with a cutting-edge style of communication. This insightful and inspiring talk often surprises leaders with how much it discomforts, delights and transforms them on a business and personal level.

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NECA Now Second Plenary Session

D.I.Y. Innovation

Sekou Andrews • Second Plenary Session  •  Wednesday, April 3  •  1:00 pm

Innovation is the difference between “Why didn’t I think of that?” and “Why didn’t I think LIKE that?’” As businesses scurry in pursuit of “big I” Innovation – exponential technologies, cultures of innovation and the like – This presentation will teach leaders to see through the “little I’s” of an innovator, by innovating from within. Offering incredibly fresh perspectives on embracing failure, bold thinking and anticipating disruption, Sekou also shares his own story about risks and rewards of disrupting the speaking industry with a cutting-edge style of communication. This insightful and inspiring talk often surprises leaders with how much it discomforts, delights and transforms them on a business and personal level.

Bio:

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. 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.

For over 15 years Sekou Andrews has been helping the world’s largest organizations deliver relevant information with riveting inspiration through an innovative, unconventional category of speaking called “Poetic Voice.”

It is no surprise that Forbes Magazine 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, General Mills, TEDx, YPO, Capital One, L’Oreal, Autodesk, ACLU, Intuit, and the NBA to name but 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.

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