• Keynote Speakers

    Gen. Colin PowellGeneral Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

    Former Secretary of State

    A soldier, a diplomat and the consummate public servant, Colin Powell’s résumé is loaded with remarkable achievements and historic firsts.

    Beginning his 35-year military career as a second lieutenant in 1958, Powell played a role in various major conflicts throughout the late 20thcentury, from the Vietnam War to Operation Desert Storm. In 1989, he became the first African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2001, he was named secretary of state by President George W. Bush, becoming the first African American to serve in this role.

    Powell is a highly decorated soldier, having received two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart. His other professional awards include the Liberty Medal, the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award and an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Powell has also authored two bestselling books, including 2012’s “It Worked for Me,” which details major lessons from his life and career.


    Derreck KayongoDerreck Kayongo

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

    Derreck Kayongo is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health and the founder of the Global Soap Project which collects unused hotel soap, reprocesses it into new bars and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world.

    He has worked for non-governmental organizations since 1994, and currently serves as CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, a museum dedicated to the history, awareness and dialogue of human and civil rights around the world.

    Currently, there are 5,500 hotels that are members of the Global Soap Project Recycling program in the United States alone and the list of participating countries has recently expanded to 90! Global Soap recently partnered with Clean the World, to make an even more expansive and effective organization.


    Bob SchiefferBob Schieffer

    Former Moderator of Face the Nation and Former CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent

    Bob Schieffer has more than 58 years of experience as a reporter, 46 of them with CBS News. He is best known as the host of the Sunday morning show “Face the Nation,” which he hosted for 25 years and led to its highest ratings in decades. He has interviewed every U.S. president since Richard Nixon, moderated three presidential debates and authored three books including 2008’s “Bob Schieffer’s America.”

    Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and an inductee into the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame, Schieffer has won nearly every major award in journalism, including eight Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence. He currently serves as the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government

    CUNA GAC attendees will value his experience, expertise and firsthand knowledge on the inner-workings of Washington in his presentation, “Political Outlook from a Political Insider.”


    Kat ColeKat Cole

    Group President, FOCUS Brands

    Kat Cole’s journey to becoming a business mogul started as a Hooters hostess at age 17. Working her way up the corporate ladder, she joined the company’s corporate office at age 20 and became vice president at age 26, becoming one of the youngest chain restaurant executives in the nation.

    In 2011, she left Hooters to become president of Cinnabon, where she and her team led the company to its highest growth, profitability and franchisee satisfaction ever. In 2015, Cole was promoted to become group president of FOCUS Brands Inc., Cinnabon’s parent company, which also owns and oversees Schlotzky’s, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel and Seattle’s Best Coffee.

    Beyond her impressive business record of advancement and accomplishment, Cole is also renowned for her philanthropic work. She is a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum and co-founder of Changers of Commerce, a group of entrepreneurs dedicated to capitalism that drives community enrichment as much as profits. Currently, Cole is starting a foundation to fund creative, sustainable approaches to education and self-sufficiency.

    In her presentation “Building Highly Successful and Resilient Brands,” Cole will delve into her experience in brand development and culture, recalling important lessons and providing valuable strategies on how credit unions can strengthen their brand and improve its implementation.


    For more information, call 800-356-9655, ext. 5700, or e-mail gacinfo@cuna.coop