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Jade Simmons      

Rock-Star Concert Pianist; Powerhouse Speaker; Author

Often called a "musical force of nature," Jade Simmons is easily one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene today. Classically trained in piano performance at Northwestern and Rice Universities, Simmons has eschewed the traditional recital in favor of taking her audiences on concert adventures that span Rachmaninoff to Rap. Today, she delivers stunning MainStage keynote presentations that potently combine music, virtuoso performance and riveting storytelling to speak into the hearts, minds and goals of a company’s most valuable resource…their people.

As a speaker and presenter, Simmons' impact spans a multitude of industries and touches an incredibly varied demographic, from college to corporate. Her experiences blend uncommon inspiration with mind-blowing classical and original genre-bending music, all while driving home an organization's theme. In the last two years alone, financial services companies like Mass Mutual, Voya, Deloitte, RBC and Nationwide; biotech and pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer and Genentech; Innovators like Dow and Raytheon; universities like University of Michigan, University of the Pacific and Grand Canyon University (who brought Simmons in for all 6 Fall commencement ceremonies), and important conferences like Simmons International Leadership saw fit to bring Simmons in to power up their legions and their leaders. She’s depended on for uncommon insight, enlightened perspective and to bring much needed rejuvenation to a variety of demographics looking for breakthrough and inspiration. Her specialty is in activating a renewed and redefined sense of purpose.

Simmons also speaks on cultivating innovation and originality, the strategies behind audacious leadership and she leaves behind tools to unleash momentum in life and business. Presenters remark on her uncanny ability to customize in unprecedented fashion, crafting presentations that include the company’s background, theme of their event and specific needs and pain points of the audience. From upstarts to seasoned senior leadership, Simmons transcends audience demographics, speaking to multigenerational groups of both men and women with ease. Her home language is the language of high-achievers, influencers and visionaries and her knack is in shifting mindsets in real time to unlock possibilities for breakthrough thinking, limitless living and record-breaking. In her inimitable career as a concert pianist, Simmons has remained committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and its presentation and as a result has revolutionized the concert platform.

Today, she offers an incredibly diverse mix of repertoire from the Classics to the cutting edge and diverse audiences have come to expect creative projects backed by riveting performances. Ms. Simmons has toured the US extensively in recital and with orchestra highlighted by performances at venues as wide-ranging as Ravinia, the Chicago Sinfonietta in Symphony Hall, New York's Town Hall and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has performed at The White House and has also received the Sphinx Organization's Medal of Excellence in a concert held at the US Supreme Court hosted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

In an extraordinary turn of events, Simmons was tapped to portray legendary concert jazz pianist & entertainer Lillette Harris in the new musical Lillette’s Rhythm Club which debuted in Florida. She has even made waves as one of the rare classical artists invited to perform at the taste-making South by Southwest Festival where her show was ultimately branded one of the "Best of SXSW 2014”. A born-storyteller, Simmons powerfully and humorously relates these creative twists and turns that have made her a standout in her industry to audiences looking to do things differently in their own right in order to see greater impact in life and business.

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How to Move Like a Maverick

An empowering line-up of uncommon mindset shifts and brave, new modes of operation designed to shift your people from status quo huggers to empowered trailblazers in one fell swoop. Perfect for organizations looking to motivate their people to new heights personally and bigger results professionally.

Audacity!: Dare to Lead on Purpose

An incredible thing happens when audacious leaders dealing with the pressures of monumental change are given the tools to connect, improvise and unlock the undiscovered gifts of their team members…breakthrough breaks out. Perfect for organizations looking to offer something other than run-of-the-mill leadership training.

Dynamic, Disruptive Diversity: A Bold Approach to Harnessing the Power of Differences

Jade’s leading the charge for diversification of the workplace with a powerfully positive approach that dares to eschew guilt and obligation in favor of curiosity and authentic connectivity. Perfect for organizations determined to be at the forefront of the diversity and inclusion movement.

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