Derreck Kayongo

Founder, Global Soap Project

CNN Hero

Derreck Kayongo

Founder, Global Soap Project

CNN Hero

KEYNOTE & VIDEO TALKS
  • Harnessing Cultural Intelligence for Success

  • The Cost of Discrimination & How to Harness the Power of Diversity & Inclusion

TOPICS | Categories

Diversity & Inclusion; Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging; Black History Month; Leadership; 

Inspiration; Motivation; Social Entrepreneurship; Social Innovation

ABOUT

Dr. Derreck Kayongo is a social innovator, entrepreneur, human rights activist and the founder of Global Soap Project, for which he was honored as a 2011 CNN Hero. Kayongo recently served for three years as the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Kayongo now travels the world inspiring people and major brands to harness the power of diversity and inclusion to strengthen business, including recent keynotes at Bank of America, Turner, Express Scripts, and Cox family of brands.

 

While Black History month reminds many of us of a tragic period of time in American history it does present us a wonderful opportunity to have courageous conversations about Diversity and Inclusion in ways that can be positive. To that end, one of the ways to have courageous conversations through a speaker who has one of the most remarkable stories. 

 

Derreck Kayongo is a former refugee from Uganda who fell victim to a horrendous war that killed over two million people. With the winds of fortune blowing into his sails, he got a scholarship to study in the USA after which he built a successful organization through an innovative idea of recycling used hotel soap. For this noble work, he became a CNN HERO in 2011 and later the CEO of the important National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

 

In a time when we need to hear from an inspiring leader to speak to how they made it in a world built against them with so many odds, Derreck brings a grand message of gumption, selflessness, determination and talks beautifully about his cultural intelligence which he used to navigate his way to success. 

 

For a sample of his talk, see Derreck's Tedx talk for a sense of how powerful his experiences have been.

Financier Worldwide - May 2018:

"An uncharacteristic way to reason in favour of diversity and inclusion" By Derreck Kayongo

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Incredible Stage Presence 

BO EMERSON

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This is his greatest strength: getting people inspired to see the bigger picture. Convincing them that even the little guy can do something big.

KEYNOTE

“The Cost of Discrimination & How to Harness the Power of Diversity & Inclusion”

ABOUT Derreck Kayongo

Dr. Derreck Kayongo is a social innovator, entrepreneur, human rights activist and the founder of Global Soap Project, for which he was honored as a 2011 CNN Hero. Kayongo recently served for three years as the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Kayongo now travels the world inspiring people and major brands to harness the power of diversity and inclusion to strengthen business, including recent keynotes at Bank of America, Turner, Express Scripts, and Cox family of brands.

 

Known for his optimistic energy, Kayongo is a joyful, expressive speaker whose stories entertain, educate and inspire audiences of all ages and backgrounds. President Jimmy Carter recently chose Kayongo to interview him as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative.

Derreck Kayongo was born in Kampala, Uganda, just before General Idi Amin Dada, one of history's most notorious dictators took control. Violence quickly spread through the country and civil war erupted. Kayongo eventually immigrated to America to attend university. On his first night in America, he was struck by the sheer quantity of soap provided in his hotel room. This hotel-stay inspired him to create a life-changing international aid organization called Global Soap Project that collects discarded soap from hotels, reprocesses it and distributes it to vulnerable populations worldwide.

This simple idea fights the #1 killers of children in many at-risk communities: hygiene-related diseases. Global Soap has given millions of bars of soap to refugees and people affected by natural disasters in 32 countries. Global Soap recently partnered with Clean the World, together, these organizations have contributed to a 30% reduction in child deaths, globally, since 2009. The city of Atlanta designated May 5 as annual Global Soap Project Day.

Derreck Kayongo’s unique perspective as a successful entrepreneur and social innovator originally from war-torn Uganda is an ideal backdrop from which to explore the value and opportunities inherent in a diverse and inclusive workplace. Kayongo’s keynote and workshops are both inspirational and actionable, leaving audiences feeling united, motivated and prepared to build powerful inclusive teams using his innovative approach.

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(770) 490-5552
Trisha@SignificanceAgency.com

WE REPLY WITHIN 24 HOURS

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