Jade spent the first few years of her career performing as a classical concert pianist. Following an artistic epiphany, she pivoted from playing the piano to impress audiences to using the piano as the vehicle by which to provide the inspiration, information and entertainment that profoundly moves them instead.
No stranger to pushing boundaries to see bold results, this concert pianist turned world changer is brought in by the likes of corporations like NBCUniversal, Mass Mutual, DaVita, Royal Bank of Canada, DOW, Raytheon, the Hershey Company, Genentech, Valic, Pfizer and Nationwide to redefine purpose, inspire seismic shifts in mindset and activate audiences to go out and instantly start living more consequential lives of impact.
The one-of-a-kind artist has built a one-of-a-kind career garnering diverse recognition from unlikely places. She’s played renowned halls, including the hallowed ones of the White House and the US Supreme Court and her genre-bending concert adventures that span Rachmaninoff to Rap attract diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds. For her work on and away from the stage, Essence magazine featured Jade alongside former First Lady Michelle Obama as a part of their Style & Substance List. As one of the rare classical artists invited to perform at the taste-making South by Southwest Festival, her show was ultimately branded one of the "Best of SXSW 2014". She’s starred in a Broadway-style musical called Lillette’s Rhythm Club and she can be heard portraying Nina Simone’s classical years in the Oscar-nominated documentary What Happened Miss Simone?
In her inimitable career as a concert pianist and as a media host, Jade has remained committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and its presentation. She was the host for American Public Media’s critically acclaimed podcast Decomposed that delighted classical music connoisseurs and novices alike and was featured on the Best Podcasts lists for Time, Esquire, and BBC America.
For companies ready to empower their people beyond the bottom line, meeting planners searching for new ways to create transformational experiences, and artistic directors ready to inspire, educate and entertain audiences beyond belief, Jade Simmons is the solution.
- The Art of Growing up Black & Gifted in America: The Singular Tale of a Black, Female, Classical Pianist
This musical and story-filled experience is the unique, inspirational journey of Jade Simmons. Jade shares how she uncovered her creative identity, developed a love affair with classical music, and confronted the implications of race, gender, and faith on the future she chose. As the daughter of a civil rights activist, she learned a lot about choosing her battles by watching her father vehemently fight them all. Equally a product of her mother’s faith-focused child rearing, Jade speaks passionately about the role purpose-based living has played in building her diversified career and her life. Her insights are perfect for conferences focusing on diversity, race relations, gender studies, civil rights, and politics. A popular presentation with African American audiences, women’s conferences, and emerging artists.
- The Smell of Breakthrough
This presentation is designed to pique all of the senses and stoke the biggest fires of inspiration in the hearts and minds of the audience. This presentation brilliantly sets attendees up to be able to predict when breakthrough is around the corner and to position for it powerfully, AND it inspires leaders to lead their teams with sustainable strategies to keep the breakthrough coming. This keynote is designed for those interested in creating a culture of breakthrough for their people and organization, and true to form, expect the same stunning combination of inspiration, innovation, and unbelievable entertainment!
- Or Build a Brand New Experience!
Choose from a bold buffet to create something unforgettable just for your organization. Jade operates within these 4 main pillars for her “from scratch” customized presentations. She then takes your event themes and your requested “areas of focus” and creates a one-of-a-kind presentation designed just for your people.
- 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. Simmons combines music and storytelling to explain how she approached diversity in transforming her career and how the same approach can apply to business. This program is perfect for organizations determined to be at the forefront of the diversity and inclusion movement.
- Piano Parables: Uncommon Lessons in Unleashing Momentum in Life & Business
Audiences enjoy an unforgettable combination of inspiration, information and entertainment in one dazzling keynote experience! In this signature keynote, Jade provides a truly unique blend of simple fun-loving entertainment balanced with potent and applicable information, illuminating performances, and inspirational speaking. Jade customizes the program for each event, weaving in the appropriate audience takeaways. Piano Parables is perfect for corporations and organizations striving to unleash momentum, brand and market like a maverick, rejuvenate creativity, and inspire mind-blowing innovation.
- How to Move Like a Maverick: An Unforgettable Combination of Inspiration, Information & Entertainment
How to Move Like a Maverick is on uncommon ground balancing potent and applicable information, illuminating performances, inspirational speaking and simple fun-loving entertainment all in one dazzling keynote experience. It’s perfect for corporations and organizations looking to surprise and mesmerize their audiences, achieve and maintain breakthrough, cultivate the ability to think and brand like a maverick, and to inspire creative rejuvenation and mind-blowing innovation in their teams and conference attendees.