The public is invited to hear Derreck Kayongo speak on how you can harness your power to create change as he shares his story from homelessness to manufacturing a solution to a global problem. 

Derreck Kayongo Credit: Derreck Kayongo

Derreck will be keynoting the Leadership and Sustainability workshops on Wednesday, October 13 at 5:30 PM in the Georgia Southern Performance Art Center. His speech is entitled, “From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream.”

Derreck, a CNN Hero and former CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, is the founder of the Global Soap Project and a native of Uganda.  He has a great story to share of his life as a refugee to leading one of America’s great cultural institutions.  His perspective on diversity and inclusion in today’s multicultural workplace along with how students can take on global challenges will empower you to create positive change.

This event hosted by Georgia Southern’s Leadership and Community Engagement, Student Affairs and is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

A solution to a global problem

The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo’s story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad experience in life has to end up horribly — sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life. Drawing on the hardships of his refugee experience, Kayongo shares how he went on to manufacture a solution to a global problem, the life lessons he learned along the way, and how they apply to one’s ability to stay relevant in today’s market.

About Derreck Kayongo 

Derreck Kayongo is an internationally recognized visionary and humanitarian. He is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a humanitarian aid organization that collects discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocesses it, then distributes it to in-need populations around the world. The project was born from his simple observation about how much soap is available in hotels, and how much is thrown away when hotel rooms are turned. This simple observation became an innovative idea that is now battling global health issues in 90 countries. Hygiene-related diseases, and the resulting deaths, have dissipated in many at-risk communities, thanks in part to Derreck’s creative problem solving. The Global Soap Project makes him a leader in both global health and environmental sustainability.

DeWayne Grice

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