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My guest this week discusses his life’s work guiding companies through large-scale change, and how his personal journey recovering from a stroke has informed that work. I invite you to listen to Keith Yamashita’s unique and enlightening perspective on how humans can, both individually and collectively, embrace that process of self-renewal.

Tell Me What To Say S. 2 Ep. 12: Founder of SYP Partners - Keith Yamashita

Founder of SYP Partners - Keith Yamashita


Keith Yamashita is a dad. Husband. Systems thinker. Entrepreneur. Public speaker. Stroke sufferer. Photographer. Designer. Author. A passionate participant in making a more equitable, inclusive, creative world.

As one of the founders of SYPartners and the kyu collective, Keith envisions creativity as a powerful catalyst for change in the world.

Collaborating with CEOs and leadership teams in moments of transformation to build great companies and organizations, he’s had the great privilege to work alongside leaders at Apple, IBM, Starbucks, AARP, Weight Watchers and Nike among many others.

In 2018, Keith suffered a stroke, launching him on a journey towards his own healing and an exploration of human suffering, vulnerability, and what it really takes to overcome adversity—and find renewal. The ingredients required to renew oneself—from the inside out, from the spiritual and sublime to the pragmatic everydayness of discovering and nurturing resilience—inspire and fascinate him. He is currently writing a book on this topic: A Human, Being.

In 2020, in response to the global pandemic, the decimation of the economy, and the deep racial reckoning of the nation, Keith launched a series of gatherings called This Human Moment. The aim of this effort is to help people sit with darkness, delve into grief, and choose to find renewal and a collective imagination about what could be on the other side.

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