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IMPACT Presents: Derreck Kayongo, National Center For Civil and Human Rights

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Wednesday, February 1



Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

800 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
LeCraw Auditorium


CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Derreck Kayongo

As CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Derreck Kayongo is well on his way to establishing the Center as a core landmark for the City of Atlanta. Please join the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, the African Student Association, and Serve-Learn-Sustain at Georgia Tech for an inspiring talk on diversity from Mr. Kayongo. 

Although Kayongo was born in Uganda, he lived as a refugee in Kenya after the president of Uganda seized power in a military coup before his family was able to settle in the United States. Shaped by these experiences, he has dedicated his life to helping others through entrepreneurship. Kayongo started his own nonprofit, the Global Soap Project, which recycles hotel soap and distributes to refugee camps.

In late 2015, Kayongo was named as the new CEO for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights because of his personal history, experience as a human rights advocate and activist, and commitment to the mission of the Center. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ mission is to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally.

Previously, Kayongo has been named a CNN Top 10 Hero, was given the honor of interviewing former president Jimmy Carter through the Amending America program, has given a TEDx talk on Simple Solutions to Complex Problems, and has been awarded the Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Congressman John Lewis.

Kayongo will speak at Georgia Tech's IMPACT Speaker Series on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

About the Impact Speaker Series:

Since 2002, the IMPACT Speaker Series has brought highly successful business leaders from a variety of industries to campus to share their experiences and give advice to students and other entrepreneurs on topics ranging from "building a venture around intellectual capital" to "successful entrepreneurship in large organizations" and "socially responsible leadership". The weekly series provides Georgia Tech students, alumni and the Atlanta business community an opportunity to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and notable business and non-profit leaders. The lecture series is sponsored by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, the African Student Association, and the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain as part of their Environmental Justice Series.

The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.