Keynote speakers

 Derreck Kayongo

Former CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Social Entrepreneur, Global Soap Project Founder, and CNN Hero

With a compelling and courageous story of survival, discovery and humanitarianism, Derreck Kayongo galvanizes all types of audiences to seize the power of observation to identify issues and effectively solve challenges. From a young Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur, human rights activist, and renowned global health expert, 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 bars of soap from thousands of hotels and redistributes it to disadvantaged populations around the world and impacts millions of people in over 90 countries. His experience, combined with his lifelong commitment to his work and notable rhetorical skills earned Kayongo his former role as the CEO at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, where he was dedicated to expanding the Center’s vision beyond its geography.

  Peter Sheahan

Founder, CEO, Best - Selling Author, & World Class Speaker 

Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With staff in more than 23 cities across 7 countries, he knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in these rapidly-changing times. Peter has advised leaders from companies as diverse as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. He is the author of 7 international titles, including Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and recently released Matter. Peter has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to over 500,000 people in 20 different countries. He has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.

  Janet Stovall

Manager of Executive Communications, UPS; One of the few FORTUNE 500 Executive Speechwriters of Color

Janet Stovall has flourished at UPS as one of the few executive speechwriters of color in the highly competitive world of FORTUNE 500 corporations. Her TED talk challenging business to get serious about inclusion has been viewed more than 1.6-million times. As manager of executive communications for UPS, she is the primary speechwriter for the company’s CEO and senior leaders. On stage, her business approach tackles corporate racism head-on with a straightforward formula, creating an inclusive workplace where people feel safe and are expected to be their authentic selves. She talks to audiences about how the power of single-mindedness in business can dismantle racism, and challenges audiences to imagine a place where lessons learned in a diverse workplace transform the things we do, think and say outside of work.