Keynote Speakers

Be Inspired and Learn to Connect with All Your Constituencies!

We must communicate, collaborate and connect every day to bring the best to our students and communities. San Antonio’s keynote speakers will inspire you to think about new collaborations and give you the tools to connect with others to make your schools shine.


Derreck Kayongo
Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder & CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Monday, July 10, 2017
9:30 a.m.

Derreck Kayongo energizes with his compelling and courageous story of survival, discovery and humanitarianism. From a young Ugandan refugee to a successful entrepreneur, human rights activist and renowned global health expert, Kayongo galvanizes audiences to seize the power of observation to identify issues and effectively solve any challenge. With undeniable charm, palpable passion, and endearing wit, Kayongo brings his story and guiding principles, coined as S.E.L.F., standing for service, education, leadership and faith, to life in emotionally packed presentations that stay with you long after his closing remarks.

Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles partially used and discarded bars of soap from thousands of hotels and redistributes it to disadvantaged populations around the world. Since its founding in 2009, the Project has distributed soap to more than 90 countries where close to 2 million lives are claimed each year due to lack of proper hygiene.

Kayongo’s experience as a human rights activist, combined with his lifelong commitment to his work and notable rhetorical skills earned him his current role as the CEO at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Called a “living embodiment of the Center’s mission,” Kayongo is elevating the visibility of the Center and expanding its vision beyond its geography.

Recognized with a range of honors and awards for his activism, including as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes award in 2011, most recently Kayongo was selected by President Jimmy Carter to interview him as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative.


Kim Lear
Millennial and Associate at BridgeWorks, LLC

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
9:30 a.m.

Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist, researcher and true generational expert. As BridgeWorks’ content manager, she is at the forefront of cutting edge research. Her focuses include how to best leverage the strengths of a multi-generational workforce and how to harness the power of the Millennial cohort. As an expert on all things generational, Kim is especially well-versed in the realm of finance and has written multiple white papers on the topic of generations and finance.

A researcher to the very core, Kim is BridgeWorks’ resident stat nerd, employing hard-hitting statistics to accentuate her points. She is a sought after generational expert and has been featured in national publication such as NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post.

BridgeWorks has been dedicated solely to the study of generational differences since its inception in 1998 and is the company that wrote the best-selling business books When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work (HarperCollins) and The M­ Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace (HarperBusiness). Kim is currently helping BridgeWorks with a global research program to identify the ways in which the generations of workers are evolving in key markets overseas. She is also spearheading research on the generation after Millennials: Generation Edge.