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Classical Musician & Inspirational Speaker
Jade Simmons is a creator of transformational experiences designed to activate audiences into becoming the biggest, boldest version of themselves possible. The world - class concert artist has been called a “musical force of nature” (Yamaha Music) with an “uncanny ability to connect with the sounds of today” (Seattle Times). Jade is the CEO of Jade Media Global, a revolutionary live experience and global content distribution company specializing in 360º personal development and strategic transformation. Read More >
During her early career after graduating from Northwestern and Rice Universities, she performed in recital and with orchestra as a classical pianist in renowned halls, including the hallowed ones of the White House and the US Supreme Court. Following an artistic epiphany, she pivoted from playing the piano to impress audiences, to using music as the vehicle by which to provide the inspiration, entertainment, and transformation that profoundly moves them instead.
Nicknamed “Classical Music’s #1 Maverick,” her electrifying, genre - bending concert adventures span Rachmaninoff all the way to rap and include virtuoso storytelling, uncommon insights, and boundless inspiration. Today, Jade’s experiences not only delight concert audiences, but her dazzling, high - impact presentations are fast becoming the go - to fuel for organizations looking to reconnect their people to greater purpose, inspire seismic shifts in mindset, and activate their teams and leaders to instantly start living more consequential lives of impact.
Recently named one of the Best Keynote Speakers of 2019 and 2020, Jade’s impact spans a multitude of industries and transcends audience demographics. The world’s superlative brands and organizations from financial services, biotech, entertainment, education, energy and beyond are bringing Jade in. The born storyteller is also a stellar mindset strategist fluent in the language of high achievers.
In her inimitable career as a concert pianist, Jade has remained committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and its presentation, and as a result she has revolutionized the concert platform. Today, her notably 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, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the White House. She has been named one of the Best of South By Southwest and has also received the Sphinx Organization's Medal of Excellence in a concert held at the US Supreme Court and hosted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Often the first, the founder, or at the forefront, Jade was the first New Music/New Places fellow for the prestigious Concert Artist Guild, and she was the original face of the legendary Van Cliburn International Piano competition’s webcast. She’s also the beloved voice of Decomposed, the critically - acclaimed American Public Media podcast that turned classic music storytelling on its head. The show has been heralded in Time, Esquire, Indie Wire, and BBC America.
Simmons continues to make an unexpected impact on and away from the stage. As an ordained minister and author, she challenges us to pray bigger with the best - selling Audacious Prayers for World Changers. An equal - opportunity disrupter, in 2020, the Maverick made her boldest leap yet as founder of Operation Restoration, which powered her run as an Independent candidate for President of the United States. Her platforms prioritize people and unifying policies over politics as usual. Read Less ^
The Jade Simmons Experience
Who Is Jade Simmons?
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. Jade powerfully redefines purpose, encourages the discovery of originality, the inclusion of improvisation, and challenges listeners to embrace the possibility of bringing their whole selves to every table, every time. How to Move Like a Maverick has been brought in by organizations looking to motivate their people to new heights personally and bigger results professionally. Jade blends a dazzling combination of riveting virtuoso performances and mind-blowing inspiration to drive her strategic points home.
1. Redefining purpose in a way that shifts the focus from the activity we do to the effect we have.
2. Reframing change as opportunity instead of obligation
3. Will learn to use reinvention and amprovisation as techniques to brilliantly and intentionally incorporate change and spur personal growth.
4. Will learn the practice of “De-compartmentalization”: What happens when we bring all of ourselves to every table, every time.
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.
"In the event world, there is a difference between a speaker and an experience. Jade is not a speaker, she is a dynamic presence and personality that combines with a positive spirit and passion for impacting others to liven and add value to any event. I was able to experience Jade's impact on others through my involvement in the planning and organizing of the 2014 CEO National Conference, which hosted over 800 students from 110 colleges and universities from around the world. There isn't a student who attended that would not be able to recall Jade, and how she impacted them while on the main stage as a keynote speaker. I highly recommend Jade for events of every kind, and look forward to being able to work with her again."
"A classical pianist/rapper/stand-up-comic/motivational speaker, Simmons wowed the audience with her quick wit and otherworldly piano skills."
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