UMB welcomes Derreck Kayongo, business visionary, Global Soap Project founder and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, who will speak on the topic of “Creating Change” as part of the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy series Oct. 31 at the SMC Campus Center, Elm Room 208.
The event starts at 8 a.m. with free breakfast, followed by Kayongo’s presentation from 8:30 to 10. To register to attend, click here.
From Ugandan refugee to entrepreneur and human rights activist, Kayongo possesses an inspiring life story. He is chief executive officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta and founder of the Global Soap Project, a nonprofit that recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations to help fight disease around the world.
A dynamic speaker, Kayongo shares his spirit and experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, global health, social justice, and professional engagement with audiences in the corporate, nonprofit, and academic worlds.
Kayongo brings his personal guiding principles, coined S.E.L.F. (Service, Education, Leadership, and Faith), to life in emotional and impactful presentations. His awards include designation as a Top 10 CNN Hero; a citizenship award from the Georgia State Legislature; the MAXX Entrepreneurship Award; and accolades from Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Before becoming CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in 2015, Kayongo gained experience working for nongovernmental organizations in positions with CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), Amnesty International, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Congressional Hunger Center.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, and an honorary degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.
If you attend, please consider bringing a donation of the following items for UMB’s partner school, James McHenry Elementary/Middle School:
- School store goods: Age-appropriate (4-15) entertainment items, which can range from athletic goods to electronics to toys for the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program.
- Uniform pants: Beige khakis for 4- to 15-year-olds.