June 20 2012
Operation HOPE Plays Key Role at 2012 CGI America Meeting in Chicago
Global “silver rights” nonprofit Founder, John Hope Bryant featured in second plenary session
Chicago, IL – Nonprofit financial dignity leader Operation HOPE announced that Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant served as an advisor for the CGI America 2012's Financial Inclusion Working Group and participated as a featured “Pathways for Opportunity” panelist during the third CGI America meeting 2012 on June 7-8, 2012 in Chicago. The two-day event is a working meeting to inspire, connect, and empower a community of American leaders to forge solutions for some of the country’s most pressing challenges and promote cross-sector collaboration.
Over 900 government, private sector, foundation, and nonprofit decision-makers and leaders convened to propose effective solutions and strategy for economic recovery and job creation in the United States. The 12 topic-specific Working Groups provided participants with opportunities to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate Commitments to Action.
During Equal Opportunity in Employment and Entrepreneurship topic in the June 8th plenary session chair by Chelsea Clinton, titled “Pathways to Opportunity” Bryant, who also serves as Chairman, Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment for the US President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, provided outcomes for HOPE’s commitment to America 2020, a vision for building 700 credit score communities across urban America and to ignite the entrepreneurial energy that is present yet dormant among the 30 million middle and high school students in the country who will prove vital to the US maintaining its leadership position in the global marketplace over the next 30 years.
Along with Bryant, featured participants during the events two-day sessions included: John S. Butler, director, IC2 Institute, The University of Texas at Austin; Chelsea Clinton, board member, Clinton Global Initiative and William J. Clinton Foundation; Regina E. Dugan, director, DARPA, U.S. Department of Defense; Rahm Emanuel, mayor, City of Chicago; Donna Gambrell, director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Lisa Hall, president and CEO, Calvert Foundation; Bill Haslam, governor, State of Tennessee; Ted Howard, executive director, The Democracy Collaborative; Jim Koch, chair and founder, The Boston Beer Company, Inc.; Ann Miura-Ko, managing partner, FLOODGATE; Ai-jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Jerry Sanders, mayor, City of San Diego; Christine Shapard, executive director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association; Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., president, Cuyahoga Community College; Laura D’Andrea Tyson, S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; Mark Vachon, vice president, Ecomagination General Electric; Robert G. Wilmers, chairman and CEO, M&T Bank Corporation; and Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers.
President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) to address economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting in June 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 160 commitments valued at $12.8 billion when fully funded and implemented.
HOPE’s involvement with President Clinton stems back to 2002, beginning with a partnership through the HOPE’s youth financial literacy initiative, Banking on Our Future and the New York Stock Exchange. A leader in financial dignity, HOPE has grown to become the global provider in financial literacy and empowerment tools and services to underserved communities. At the core of HOPE’s mission is a Silver Rights Movement, ensuring that free enterprise and capitalism work to provide a better future for underserved communities in American and throughout the world.