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 Founder, Inlay Insights

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

Kim Lear is a writer and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim is at the forefront of cutting edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor, and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. Previously, Kim was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennials trends. Her undergrad research is around Baby Boomers and longevity. Her post-grad work is around Millennials and social media networks.

Kim has keynoted for some of the most renowned companies in the world. In addition to speaking, Kim has written whitepapers on the topics of generational wealth transfer in the finance sector, retirement trends in the hospitality industry, and the impacts of mindfulness practices on healthcare costs. 

A researcher to the very core, Kim employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive.  She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today and more. She is currently the head of research on a new book published by Harper Collins about Gen Z, the teenage demographic.

Kim lives and works in Minneapolis where she is currently running a research initiative to identify how the Sharing Economy impacts our perspectives on community and consumption. She is a volunteer for The 78 Cents Project where she helps young women develop strong interview skills. When not delving into the minutia of human behavior, you can find Kim paddle boarding, planning an overseas adventure or binge watching Parks and Rec (again).