ASAE Announces Derreck Kayongo as Closing Keynote, Five Game Changers at 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

June 10, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Derreck Kayongo, CEO at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and founder of the Global Soap Project, will present the closing keynote address to thousands of association executives at the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 13-16.

Illustrated by his own story of transformation, from his life as a former Ugandan refugee to building a multi-million dollar venture called the Global Soap Project, Kayongo will give advice on how association professionals can leverage their skills and vision to impact the lives of others through volunteerism and entrepreneurial endeavors. 

Kayongo, presented by Keppler Speakers, will also explore the spirit of creating a movement based on social change and provide attendees with a step-by-step guide on how to get started, overcome obstacles, and eventually thrive. He is an expert in environmental sustainability and global health, was once awarded a CNN Top 10 Hero of the Year, and has a history in NGO capacity building, fundraising, and grassroots organizing.

“Excited to hear Derreck Kayongo as our closing keynote because he will have attendees leaving inspired. They will be able to reflect on how they can utilize their talents to change the lives of those around them,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

ASAE has expanded the number of game changers speaking at the conference this year from three to five. The game changer sessions are presented by influential leaders in business and innovation beginning Sunday afternoon and running through Tuesday morning.

Here’s the lineup of speakers and topics:

Matt Tenney, social entrepreneur, author, and consultant, sponsored by Meet in Minnesota
“Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom”

Veronika Scott, CEO, The Empowerment Plan, speaker presented by Greater Talent Network
“Empowerment Through Employment”

Tan Le, CEO of EMOTIV, sponsored by Meet in Minnesota
“The Future is Closer Than You Think”

Robert Stephens, Founder, Geek Squad, speaker provided by Keppler Speakers
“The Next Big Thing”

Charles Best, Founder & CEO of
“How the Crowd is Reforming Education”

“Game Changers are selected for their ability to provide diverse perspectives and revolutionary ideas from outside the association community that our attendees can learn or be inspired from. We are thrilled to have these amazing speakers that foster lively, timely, and most of all, interesting discussions,” said Rhonda M. Payne, CAE, Chief Learning Officer at ASAE.

For more information about this year’s program, visit the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition website.  

NOTE: Members of the press receive complimentary registration to attend the event. Please contact ASAE Public Relations department to request your complimentary pass.

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community:

Strategic Partners
Atlanta CVB
Business Events Canada
Experience Columbus
Reno Tahoe USA
Team San Jose

Corporate Partners
Visit Baltimore
Dallas CVB
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Fort Worth CVB
Louisville CVB
Mexico Tourism Board
Naylor Association Solutions
Omaha CVB
Visit Orlando
Visit Salt Lake
Meet in Washington State

Event Partners
The Broadmoor
DelCor Technology Solutions
Dubai Association Centre
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Johnson Lambert LLP and Vault Consulting
Korea Tourism Organization
Meet In Minnesota
New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-326-9505.

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