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November 30 2011

Mayor Reed, Ambassador Young, John Hope Bryant Launch Global Shapers Initiative

World Economic Forum targets group of emerging young leaders with leadership training and mentorship opportunities

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant hosted a reception this evening at the W Hotel in Downtown Atlanta for candidates interested in applying for the newly launched Forum of Global Shapers, Atlanta Hub.

More than 50 young leaders will be selected over the next three years to proactively and positively impact the global agenda through the Atlanta Hub for the Global Shapers Community.

“The incoming class of Atlanta Global Shapers will use their talents to foster fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing our city,” said Mayor Reed. “They will also collaborate with other Global Shapers worldwide to share ideas and best practices on tackling global problems. I am delighted to be a part of an initiative that will benefit Atlanta and the region while also giving our young, emerging leaders a platform to grow professionally.”

In conjunction with the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) and in affiliation with the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers are organized in a network of hubs based in major cities around the world. Each hub organizes events and activities to generate a positive impact within their local community.

The initiative is targeted at influential individuals 20-30 years in age who possess high moral and intellectual integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit. Selected individuals will serve as members and be mentored by the broader World Economic Forum constituency to focus on issues that affect the Atlanta area and provide strategies for shaping solutions to shared challenges.

Mayor Reed and Ambassador Young will serve as mentors and will collaborate with the group. In 2005, John Hope Bryant was chosen as a member of the founding class of YGLs for his work to eradicate poverty through his financial dignity nonprofit, Operation HOPE. He will serve as Curator for the Atlanta Hub. Fellow YGL Jamail Larkins, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Aircraft will serve as Chairman for the inaugural Forum of Global Shapers, Atlanta Hub Organizing Committee.

About The Global Shapers

The World Economic Forum has successfully established a history of engaging young leaders to positively and proactively impact the global agenda. In addition to its existing community of Young Global Leaders, who are in their mid to late 30s, the Forum is establishing a special community of young people in their 20s. This new community – the Global Shapers Community – will provide youth with a global platform to shape the future. It will enable youth to be a voice for the future in local, regional and global thought processes and a catalyst of entrepreneurship in the global public interest. To achieve its mission, the Global Shapers Community is built on a network of local hubs located in each major city/region in the world.