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Keynote Speaker: Angélique Kidjo

Keynote Speaker: Angélique Kidjo

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo electrifies audiences around the world with the strength of her voice, the power of her words, and the intensity of her performance. Inspired by her valiant triumphs and recent memoir, Spirit Rising, Angélique will inspire you to live your dreams through an empowering keynote address and invigorating musical performance.

Angélique Kidjo’s career began in the West African country of Benin, where she performed with her mother’s theater troupe at age six. However, when the Communist takeover of Benin threatened her artistic expression, she fled to France, and later, New York City. 12 albums and three Grammys later, she has sold out Carnegie Hall, has topped the Billboard charts, has collaborated with Alicia Keys, Bono, and Philip Glass, and has been personally requested to perform by President Barack Obama. Her success and talents know no bounds.

One of The Guardian’s 100 most inspiring women in the world, Angélique frequently speaks out for human rights and gender equality as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2015, she opened the World Economic Forum at Davos and received the Crystal Award, which honors individuals who improve the state of the world through art.

See Angélique Kidjo in person at our In the Company of Women benefit luncheon on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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