2019 Conference Keynote Speakers

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Join us in the Mile High City for AASC’s 20th anniversary celebration at the 
2019 National Service Coordinator Conference!

Derreck Kayongo

Derreck Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project and CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. With his trademark panache, Kayongo inspires and empowers with his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship and humanitarianism, and the life lessons he learned along the way.

The Global Soap Project recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. In creating this global humanitarian initiative, he demonstrated that a simple, yet novel idea has the power to transform the lives of millions. 

A Top Ten CNN Hero in 2011, his passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking earned him his current role as CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 


Kevin Adler

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Kevin Adler is the founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, an award-winning nonprofit organization that reconnects our neighbors experiencing homelessness with their loved ones… and us. Previously, he co-founded three EdTech startups in Silicon Valley, and authored a book on how shared traumas can bring us together.

Adler has been honored as a TED Resident and TED Speaker, Ashoka and American Express emerging innovator, Rotary ambassadorial scholar, and MassChallenge winner. His work has been featured widely, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, on a billboard in Times Square, and NowThis.

Adler received his M.Phil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, and his bachelor’s in politics from Occidental College, where he was the 2018 Young Alumnus of the Year.

Steve Pemberton   

Steve Pemberton is the chief human resources officer for Globoforce, a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions. He was the first person in Walgreens’ 100-plus year history to hold the position of chief diversity officer, and under his leadership the company reached record levels of performance in areas of representation, retention, employee engagement and supplier diversity.

Pemberton is a passionate champion for disadvantaged youth and serves on several boards including United States Business Leadership Network and UCAN. He established The Pemberton Fund for the Future at The Home for Little Wanderers to provide help and guidance to children aging out of foster care. Pemberton’s triumphant life journey was made into a major motion picture called “A Chance in the World” and depicts how he defied the seemingly insurmountable odds.

His achievements have earned him national recognition, including the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals in the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans.