• Jeff Ponders II

    Speaker | Innovator | Musician

  • About Jeff

    Jeff Ponders II has built a 12+ year career as a digital strategy leader by infusing innovation, creativity, and infectious energy into brands like Walmart, Colgate, and Samsung. Currently, Jeff oversees strategy and innovation for General Motors’ aftermarket sales brands as VP Director of Innovation at Leo Burnett.


    In addition to helping large brands, Jeff regularly lends his expertise to startups, small businesses, and aspiring entrepreneurs. He is no stranger to the start up world, having launched multiple products to the marketplace as an entrepreneur.


    To satisfy his creative itch, Jeff frequently performs as a jazz saxophonist. His resume includes national touring and performances with heavyweights from jazz, soul, and gospel including James Carter, Robert Glasper, Mike Phillips, Keyshia Cole, Eric Roberson, Les Nubians, John Legend, BeBe Winans, and many more.


    Jeff is an engaging speaker on innovation, creativity and teamwork. He pulls from his experiences as a professional jazz musician and entrepreneur to challenge and equip audiences to unlock peak performance through improvisation and purposeful presence.


    A native Detroiter and graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff resides in the Detroit area with his wife and two children.


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    "I use jazz to help people and brands find their rhythm and unlock their best performance"

  • Videos

    The "Do Better" Button

    Daily Fuel

    Jeff addresses what we should do when we're dissatisfied with our past performance.


    Source: Daily Fuel

    Pursue Passion, Unlock Potential

    Daily Fuel

    Jeff lays out an approach to avoid falling into complacency by focusing on passion.


    Source: Daily Fuel



    Daily Fuel

    Jeff challenges us to make smarter decisions by putting solutions to the test.


    Source: Daily Fuel


    w/the B Williams Experiment

    Performance at the historic Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, MI


    w/the B Williams Experiment

    Performance at the Jazz Katz Lounge in Southfield, MI

  • Calendar

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    Products I've Launched



    Fido makes it easy for guys to find and plan amazing date nights for their significant other

    The Cookie App


    Built a start-up to make morning sweeter by gamifying the alarm clock with surprise & delight.

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