Humanitarian Derreck Kayongo headlined the opening day of CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C., with a keynote address Sunday in which he highlighted the effects of “people helping people.”
Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles soap from hotel rooms, turns it into fresh soap, and sends it to people in need.
His speech, sponsored by the CUNA Councils, came hours after registration opened for 5,000 people who will attend GAC—a new record for the conference.
In addition, more than 600 attendees are making their GAC debut—but that doesn’t mean they’re new to the credit union movement. Veterans mingled with those new to the industry, including the Crash the GAC contingent.
Every U.S. state is represented by attendees.
The evening concluded with the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception. Representatives of the more than 200 vendors—the largest exhibit hall in the financial services industry—conversed with attendees about the merits of their products and services.