Andre M. Powell
TrinityWear Clothing founder, CEO, ToastMaster, Motivational Speaker, Minister of COGIC, Branding and Marketing Expert, Graphic Designer, Philanthropist
|Speaker’s U.S. Fee Range||Languages Spoken||Travels From|
|Range Provided, when requested||English||Virginia, USA|
Suggested KeyNote Speeches & Programs
- How to Save a Life
- Meeting Genuine Connections
- The Importance Of You: God’s Idea of You
- Evangelism 101: ABCs and more
- I was Born to do this (Public Speaking)
- How many years have you been speaking?
I have been speaking to groups for 8 years in an official capacity. My first public motivational speaking engagement happened in 2001 on the campus of Virginia Tech.
- What are some of the groups that you have spoken to?
I have had the opportunity to speak to a number of different groups ranging from non-profit organizations, School age youth, groups of entrepreneurs, college & young professionals and young adults/adults groups.
- What do you typically speak about?
It truly depends on the group I am speaking to. With my background as a license minister, I have been able to speak on Christ and Spirituality. As a young entrepreneur, I have had the opportunity to converse and share with other entrepreneurs tips on how to step out and start a business, I motivate others to step up build something they can be proud of. I also motivate youth and young adults to reach for the stars.
Main focuses of speeches: Public Speaking, Importance of You and Mental Health, Spirituality, Evangelism, Entrepreneurship, making genuine connections.
- Tell us about your family?
I have a rather young family; it is comprised of my humble and God-fearing wife, Danielle and three adorable, intelligent and very energetic kids, Benjamin, Jonathan, and Gabrielle. My family is active at our church and community. We enjoy watching movies, taking walks (chasing Benjamin), and making music together.
- What do you do when you’re not speaking?
When I’m not out speaking and motivating, I work as a graphic designer and brand strategist for Booz Allen, and my start-up company AP Company, LLC, which is comprised of one clothing line, a creative solutions firm and a speaking/YouTube firm.
- If you could have one wish for this world what would it be?
I could always say the end of social injustice, equality for all, end of poverty or world hunger like many other would say to be politically correct but I will not. My wish would be that everyone would strive to live the dream/life that God has intended for them to live while blessings others they come in contact with. I believe wholeheartedly that if we each accomplished my wish that all those things would be easily met.
- What are your favorite books and movies?
To Kill a Mockingbird and the Bible are probably my favorite two books. Many may say the Bible is a little cliché because I am a minister but I am enjoy the story telling aspect that it has. It leaves the reader with a very detailed picture of what was going on.
- How do you relate to today’s youth and young adults?
Experience, Passion, and Information. My relation to the youth falls in my love and care for them first off. I am a Sunday School teacher, a mentor, and minister that works with them regularly. I am not far removed from the 20 somethings but being an older brother of an 18 year has given me a little more insight on what many are faced with. Lastly, I bring information that they can confirm for themselves. The youth and young adults of this time are more informed and more challenging to authority as they have so much at their finger tips.
- What sets you apart from other motivational speakers?
Passion and Story-Telling sets me apart. I genuine have a heart for those younger than me and wanting them to succeed even if it means my time, my finances, networks, and other resources to help them succeed far beyond where I have. I LOVE telling stories. Whether it is a true story of experience or an imaginative narrative to illustrate a point, I love telling stories. As a dad and mentor, I use my imagination often to keep my sons and mentees entertained to demonstrate patience and constraint when having to wait.
- How did you get into public speaking, particularly motivational speaking?
I started speaking to people and presenting even before I was any good at it. From humble beginnings to speaking in front of large crowds, from stage freight to with the utmost confidence. I remember the first time I knew was born to do this. On early afternoon of September 11th, 2001, in one of America’s hardest times recently, I found myself encouraging and motivating students to press on in hope. In front of 300+ students and faculty in the middle of the Virginia Tech Drill Field, I was able to encourage to keep the faith, keep praying, and move forward, not knowing that anyone knew who I was or looking for any type of fame from it. I received a few notes and cards over the next few months saying thank you, and sharing statuses of family members.