Broadcaster, Musician & Social Entrepreneur
An experienced musician, broadcaster, and digital media influencer, Derrick N. Ashong (aka DNA) has carved out a unique niche as an expert in bridging the gap between old and new media. He has been invited to speak and perform at prestigious institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton, MIT, and Stanford, and has hosted and moderated events for leaders and heads of state including Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as Gilberto Gil, Ted Turner, Tommy Hilfiger, Bob Geldof, Queen Rania of Jordan, and former President Bill Clinton at the Club de Madrid.
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The Voice of a New Generation
Ashong's Appearance on City Line
Ashong on Leadership
Agent of Inspiration
Michigan Keynote Speaker
Ashong's CNN Piece on Medical Marijuana
Ashong as Event Emcee
Motivation in Life
Derrick Ashong believes thoughts, sounds, and images influence they way we see reality. He taps into pop-culture, through his music, to ignite young peoples’ passion for positive change, providing content that inspires activism rather than promoting self-fulfillment. The New York Times writes “At a time when politics and popular culture are still in an awkward mating ritual, Ashong inadvertently tapped into the youthquake that is shaking up the campaign.” Read More >
"Derrick Ashong was the keynote speaker for our closing banquet. Everyone absolutely LOVED his speech. Most people said it was the "icing on the cake." He captured the audience’s attention. The president of Texas A&M University also attended and it seemed like he really enjoyed himself. I want to personally thank you for recommending Derrick Ashong as a keynote speaker."
"Derrick Ashong received a standing ovation at our Annual Student Leadership Day in which he motivated, inspired and educated over 450 student leaders! A MUST HAVE Speaker!"
"Not only was Derrick an inspiring speaker who set the tone for our whole meeting, he was also a pleasure to work with at every instance. He was incredibly well-prepared and thoughtful about the issues at hand, and pushed our colleagues to think about the essential role of culture in society as a way of framing our work in arts education. He was also unfailingly generous with his time and willingness to speak with everyone who had a question for him."
"Ashong was an absolute success at Keene State College. It was a great turnout and people loved him. He was amazing. Thank you for such a great experience."
"He is a very dynamic speaker who has spoken across the nation and in West Africa and the Caribbean."
"Derrick is amazing. One of the best education conference keynoters I've ever seen -- over 30+ years."
"Mr. Ashong was the best opening plenary presenter I have seen at AEP - or anywhere else for that matter. A perfect opening. Thank you."
"Definitely one of the highlights of this forum - outstanding, inspiring and thought-provoking! Fresh perspective, great energy, very engaging speaker."
"It was a fantastic, inspirational, and deeply unifying discussion that everyone could benefit from hearing."