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August 21 2013

Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton Highlights Power of Youth Economic Energy to Help Drive Economic Resurgence

 Author of The Coming Jobs War discusses the sociological shift from, and the global desire to have, a good job

ATLANTA – August 22, 2013 – Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton will deliver the morning keynote for the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, hosted by Operation HOPE and the City of Atlanta, which will take place November 13-14, 2013 in Atlanta. Clifton will highlight the importance of job creation and youth economic energy to power the global economy. 

Clifton, who serves on Operation HOPE’s National Board of Directors, joins the session Chair, Don Graves the executive director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness for The White House for the morning session focused on the Global Jobs War. He will discuss the importance of successful entrepreneurship and jobs to a functioning and thriving society, drawing from his popular 2011 book “The Coming Jobs War”.

The 2013 HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, The Global Economic Recovery: How the Poor Can Help Save Capitalism, will build off last year’s group discussions dedicated to exploring opportunities and programs for underserved communities. More than 1,000 Summit delegates are expected to gather from 50 countries to document ways of bringing about sustainable change and creating opportunity in emerging markets. 

Clifton, best known for the acquisition of The Gallup Organization, became CEO of the organization founded by the renowned polling pioneer Dr. George H. Gallup in 1988. Since then, Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research. His most recent innovation, the Gallup World Poll, is designed to give the world's 7 billion citizens a voice in virtually all key global issues. Mr. Clifton has pledged to continue this effort to collect world opinion for 100 years in 150 countries. 

Under Mr. Clifton's leadership, Gallup has achieved a fifteen-fold increase in its billing volume and expanded Gallup from a predominantly U.S.-based company to a worldwide organization with 40 offices in 30 countries and regions. 

Mr. Clifton is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement, and business outcomes. This model is used in performance management systems in more than 500 companies worldwide. He is also the author of many articles and of the book The Coming Jobs War. 

Mr. Clifton serves on several boards and is Chairman of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He has received honorary degrees from Jackson State, Medgar Evers, and Bellevue Universities.

Gallup delivers forward-thinking research, analytics, and advice to help leaders solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 75 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of the world's constituents, employees, and customers than any other organization. 

In 2011, Operation HOPE and Gallup launched the Gallup-HOPE Index - a joint venture to measure and encourage entrepreneurial development among America’s youth. The GHI is an annual survey that measures engagement, hope and economic energy of fifth through 12th grade students in the U.S.  The study aims to inform educational programs and become a resource to help students become meaningful participants in the nation’s economy. 

About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE (HOPE) has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. Driven by a “silver rights” mission fueled by vision and idealism, HOPE strives to empower the struggling middle class through financial literacy, dignity and capital enterprise. 

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