Jade Simmons

Jade Simmons

Transformative Leadership Expert | Motivational Pianist

How do you get to be named Classical Music’s “No.1 Maverick?” By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances, and combining passion and innovation at every turn. Called a “musical force of nature”, Jade Simmons is one of the most versatile concert artists in the world. Classically trained in piano, she delivers stunning 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.

In her truly unique keynotes, Jade blends inspiration with mind-blowing classical and original genre-bending music, all while driving home an organization’s theme. Her expertise has been called upon by an array of organizations looking to create a culture of excellence and foster meaningful change, including Deloitte, RBC, Pfizer, University of Michigan, and more, plus important conferences like Simmons International Leadership. Her specialty is in activating a renewed and redefined sense of purpose, while also speaking on cultivating innovation and originality and providing tools to unleash momentum in life and business.

Jade has also 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.

Listed as one of Ebony magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders under 30”, Jade’s impressive musical background and diverse cultural experiences have made her a pioneer and source of inspiration for her legions of fans.


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.

What’s different than usual?

  • Jade broadens the definition of diversity by expanding it beyond color and gender to include diversity of thought, diversity of experience & background and diversity of talents and skill sets.
  • She drives home the concept that at the highest level, where the greatest results are found, diversity, leadership and innovation are inseparable.
  • She introduces the concept of Personal Diversity and gives strategy to help attendees learn the art of bringing all of themselves to every table every time.
  • Customize the presentation by adding in one of Jade’s four pillars:
    • Choose Cultivating Creativity to get audiences excited about discovering or reawakening creativity sides of themselves to great personal and professional benefit.
    • Choose Change Mastery to get audiences excited to see new challenges as powerful possibilities.

Build Your Own Customized Experience: Four Pillars

Choose from a bold buffet to create something unforgettable just for your organization.

Jade operates within these four 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:

Purpose Discovery

Nobody talks about purpose like Jade! Nobody. Purpose is fuel and your attendees need more of it to be at their most effective and most fulfilled. Jade helps your audience redefine and rediscover purpose. Then she reawakens them to endless possibilities in life and business. Audiences will learn:

  • What purpose is NOT
  • How to prioritize purpose for greater productivity
  • How being in the center of purpose broadens our influence

Bolstering Boldness

Bold moves, daring introspection and creative twists and turns have shaped Jade’s colourful and inimitable career. She passes along strategies to help us move from behind the scenes to the front lines of a more powerful, purposeful life of impact where our biggest thoughts and our boldest voices are unleashed. Audiences will learn:

  • Why boldness is NOT a personality trait, and why that’s good
  • Key mindset shifts that lead to boldness
  • Several modes of operation that spur us to be big when our instinct is to be small

Change Mastery

Jade’s one of the rare breeds who is addicted to change. She has used change powerfully to reinvent successfully at critical points in her career. In this session, she helps attendees control the fear of change and utilize the opportunity hidden within it to change the trajectory of where they are headed. Audiences will learn:

  • The different types of change and what they symbolize
  • How to recycle the fear of change into anticipation
  • How to adopt organic reinvention

Cultivating Creativity

Jade is one of the most versatile artists on the scene today with an almost unheard-of ability to go from Rachmaninoff all the way up to rap. Her creative understanding of how people unlock potential and generate momentum helps attendees discover their own new levels of creativity and the possibility for innovation. Audiences will learn:

  • How to unlock dormant creativity
  • How to uncover originality to see bolder, more rewarding results
  • How to incorporate improvisation

Beyond the Keynote Experiences

Jade Simmons just “wowed” on your stage. Your people are fired up like never before, truly believing they can do just about anything, but now what? Jade’s Beyond the Keynote Experiences are the way to ensure that those inspirational breakthrough moments become implementable new modes of operation that transform your organization’s culture from the inside out.

Choose one of her signature experiences to more deeply transform and invigorate:

  • Maverick Leadership Seminar: A one-day Performance & Presentation Intensive for your top leaders and influencers
  • Breakdown the Breakthrough: A longer-term Transformational Training designed to help your leaders activate Jade’s proprietary Breakthrough Mindsets and Modes of Operations in their teams
  • Chief Inspiration Officer: Bring Jade on as the CIO at your organization. Limited to 1-2 per industry.