SIOUX FALLS – The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to feature Sekou Andrews, aka “the Poetic Voice,” as the keynote speaker at its 113th Annual Meeting on Oct. 22, 2019.
A schoolteacher turned actor, recording artist, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, Sekou is a multi-talented speaker and entertainer who works with the world’s largest organizations, delivering relevant information through innovative presentations.
Forbes Magazine has called Sekou “the de facto poet laureate of corporate America.” He 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’s speeches are rich with actionable insight that help attendees connect more deeply with their communities, become more influential leaders and unlock greater possibilities. His work has been featured on ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV and BET. Sekou has given private performances for such prominent individuals as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Hillary Clinton, Coretta Scott King & 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 last album, “Poetic License,” made him the most awarded artist in the nation’s largest independent music organization.
The Chamber’s Annual Meeting is the year’s largest gathering of local business leaders from across industries. The event also launches the one-year term of the incoming chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Bobbi Thury, founder and attorney at Legacy Law Firm, P.C. Corey Weide, The Venrick Goeman Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, is serving as Event Chair for the Annual Meeting. Jay Rasmussen, Journey Group Companies, is leading the ticket sales team.
"This is our night to come together as a Sioux Falls business community,” said Weide. “We’ll celebrate the successes of our community, highlight the work of our chamber and share the positive vision for the year ahead."
The 113th Annual Meeting is sponsored by ISG, Sanford Health and Wells Fargo. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with a networking reception, which is sponsored by Avera Health and Xcel Energy. The dinner and program begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $85 per person for Chamber members or $100 per person for non-members. Tickets and table reservations will be available beginning Sept. 3.