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November 17 2017

HOPE Global Forums Annual Meeting to Reconvene in Atlanta in March 2018 with the theme “Navigating a New World Order”

The three-day event is now the largest gathering of global thought leaders and influencers around poverty and financial inclusion. Delegates will engage in critical dialogue with leaders who believe in the power of ideas to foster real change.

ATLANTA – Nov. 17, 2017 – The next HOPE Global Forums | Annual Meeting, a key initiative of global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, Inc., will be held in Atlanta, March 26-28, 2018. With the theme “Navigating a New World Order,” the 2018 HOPE Global Forums | Annual Meeting will challenge over 3,700 delegates from more than 45 countries to outline a vision for a stronger and more sustainable economic model, where rising prosperity lifts everyone. The program will unpack the theme with tracks including The Future of Work, Social Mobility, Financial Inclusion, Governance and Public Policy, Media and Culture, and Technology and Innovation, seeking to leverage each of these areas to broadly expand economic growth and opportunity.

"Our annual meeting is now firmly positioned as THE place to be for those advocating for and committed to the cause of expanding opportunities for underserved communities," said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant. "Next year, we will extend our focus on mapping out a plan for inclusive economics - outlining a vision for creating a stronger and more sustainable economic model, one where rising prosperity benefits everyone, and requires leadership not just from the government, but the private sector as well."

The 2017 event, held in Atlanta in April, featured over 300 speakers, with 48 hours of programming. Previous speakers include, Ajay Banga, President and CEO, Mastercard; baseball legend Hank Aaron; Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global; Tony Schwartz, CEO, The Energy Project; 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.

The HOPE Global Forums are a community of events designed to galvanize leadership around towards building an economy that works for everyone. This is accomplished through a series of carefully curated thought leadership events, digital engagement, research, writings and public policy. Registration details and more information on session topics and speakers is accessible at www.hopeglobalforums.org.

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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—disrupting poverty for millions of low- and moderate-income families across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 2.8 million individuals and directed more than $2.7 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its third consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Stay in touch with Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope.

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.