Sekou Andrews to Preform at TEDx Silicon Valley

Motivational Poet & Strategic Presenter Sekou Andrews is inspiring the business world one poem at a time with The Sekou Effect. As an award-winning and internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, playwright, actor and musician, Sekou has mastered the art and business of creating original, custom-written spoken word pieces that electrify the messages and accelerate the missions of corporations and non-profits worldwide. Sekou does not inspire you with his story, he inspires you with your story.

An ex-elementary schoolteacher turned national poetry slam champion, any given day may now find Sekou presenting an original piece for European marketing executives, giving a keynote speech at a healthcare conference, or presenting passionate poems for Barack Obama at a party in Oprah’s backyard. His work has been featured on such diverse media outlets as ABC, MSNBC, HBO, Showtime, MTV and BET, and he has performed privately for such prominent individuals as Quincy Jones, Maya Angelou, Norman Lear, Hillary Clinton, P-Diddy, and Coretta Scott King and family. Companies that have experienced “The Sekou Effect” include Kraft Foods, Kaiser Permanente, Nike, Time Warner, eBay, Microsoft, ACLU, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Wieden-Kennedy, NBA, Eliza Corp, Global Green, NCAA, and Ferrazzi Greenlight to name but a few.

With inspired audiences from the HBO US Comedy Arts to The Pasadena Pops Orchestra under his belt, Sekou is now emerging as a powerful voice for healthcare, routinely evoking tears, cheers, and standing ovations at multiple cutting edge conferences, including TEDMED, IHI Forum, Big Task Weekend, and Health 2.0. With impressive versatility, and inspiring insightfulness, Sekou Andrews is a powerful storyteller telling your powerful your stories.

Victor Tsaran to Speak at TEDx Silicon Valley

TEDxSV is excited to announce  Victor Tsaran to preform and speak at TEDx Silicon Valley!

Victor will be speaking about his journey from making brushes to making music and playing with computers. Oftentimes, when we talk about innovation and social change, we rarely include or consider the needs of certain large segments of the society, e.g. people with disabilities, of whom there are approximately 650 millions around the world. While we do believe in numbers and readily trust statistics to justify our business decisions, we just as readily close our eyes to the opportunities presented by this unexplored audience of contemporary and demanding consumers.

Victor is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He grew up in a Ukrainian orphanage and is now a talented computer engineer in the U.S. He’s an accomplished musician and songwriter. And he also happens to be blind. Victor runs Yahoo!’s accessibility program and he made it his mission to educate our designers and engineers, helping change their assumptions that accessibility somehow requires sacrifice or compromise.