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Keynote Address: Derreck Kayongo

Sunday, March 15 | 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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Derreck Kayongo

With his trademark panache, Derreck Kayongo will tell his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship, and humanitarianism, and the life lessons he learned on his journey from Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur, CEO, and renowned human rights activist.

He will share his visionary ideas for harnessing the power of observation and creative problem solving, applicable to any organization or community. It’s all about taking responsibility while looking for opportunities to improve. 

He will call upon you to take responsibility, consistently seek opportunities for improvement, and most important maintain faith in yourself and your team to create an environment where everyone is empowered to thrive. Much like Maria Montessori, he believes in the power of all of us to build a better future—if we are empowered to do so.

Derreck will also walk you through the key factors that have led to his personal success: Service, Education, Leadership, and Faith (“S.E.L.F.”). He will share his account about living in Uganda during violent days of Idi Amin, being a refugee in Kenya, and moving to the United States to attend university, which ultimately led him to a brilliant transformation as a social entrepreneur.

Mandarin interpretation available.


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