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April 06 2017

UP FROM NOTHING: The Untold Story of Baseball Icon Hank Aaron Featured at the 2017 HOPE Global Forum

ATLANTA, April 6, 2017 -- Global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, Inc. announced today the addition of a special session featuring two global legends at the 2017 HOPE Global Forum. "UP FROM NOTHING: The Untold Story of Hank Aaron," will be presented as a conversation between Ambassador Andrew Young, civil rights icon and chairman of the Andrew J. Young Foundation, and baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. The HOPE Global Forum, now the largest and most prominent gathering of leaders in the world focused exclusively on financial inclusion and the empowerment of the poor, will be held in Atlanta, April 10-12 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

"We are honored to have Hank Aaron and Ambassador Andrew Young participate in this special session at our Annual Meeting," said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. "Hank Aaron's powerful story of perseverance, courage and hard work is an inspiration for us all."

Born Henry Louis Aaron, the baseball icon, nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank," is widely regarded as one of the greatest hitters in the history of the sport, and continues to hold many of baseball's most distinguished records today. In his years since playing, Aaron has thrived in business.

The session will be held on April 11 at 4 p.m. EDT as part of Forum programming. Individuals not in attendance can access the Facebook Live broadcast @HopeGlobalForum

With the theme "Uplifting the Invisible Class," the 2017 HOPE Global Forum will challenge over 3,200 delegates from more than 25 countries to outline a vision for a new, global economy—where the poor, underserved and dislocated middle class are viewed as untapped assets for entrepreneurship, job creation and economic growth. This year's speakers include Ajay Banga, President and CEO, Mastercard; The Honorable Vicente Fox, 55th President of Mexico; Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global; Max Levchin, Co-Founder, PayPal; Luke Marklin, General Manager, Uber; The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta; Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods; William H. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and CEO, SunTrust Banks, Inc.; Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Chair and President, Charles Schwab Foundation; Valerie Williams, Diversity Program Manager, Airbnb; and Jane Wurwand, Founder and Chief Visionary, Dermalogica.

Registration details and information on session topics and speakers is accessible at www.hopeglobalforums.org

To cover the event, interested media should register here: http://hopeglobalforums.org/media-submission/

Get forum updates on Twitter: @HopeGlobalForum #HGF17

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About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.  Project 5117 is HOPE's multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its second consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. 

For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org 
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About the HOPE Global Forums
The HOPE Global Forums are a community of events that serve as a call to action: to reimagine the global economy so the benefits and opportunities of free enterprise can be extended to everyone. We accomplish this through a series of carefully curated conferences, events and policy programs designed to foster leadership around this critical issue. Our Annual Meeting serves as our flagship event and is now the largest gathering of leaders in the world on behalf of empowering poor and underserved communities. HOPE Global Forums are an initiative of Operation HOPE, the global leader in providing financial dignity. Founded in 1992, Operation HOPE is the nation's first nonprofit, financial services network for underserved communities.

For more information: www.hopeglobalforums.org 
Follow HOPE Global Forums on Twitter @HOPEGlobalForum