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October 22 2012

Union Bank Hosts First Local Financial Inclusion Working Group Meetings in Los Angeles

Los Angeles – October 23, 2012 – Key financial industry professionals, faith leaders and community activists and private sector turned out for the first Local Financial Inclusion Working Group Meetings in Los Angeles at the Cecil L. Murray Center for Community Engagement and the Church of God in Christ Wes to begin framing out a vision for what comes next in our economy. Executives from Union Bank (Pierre Gabis, Julius Robinson, and others) hosted the meetings and helped led the discussion.

These meetings are part of an independent series of meetings happening throughout the U.S. and around the world, focused on one question: "How do we make free enterprise work for the underserved?"

Nearly 100 attendees played a role in producing a set of solutions and “best practices” for addressing poverty alleviation and issues that affect the underserved. The results of these deliberations are all recorded and uploaded to the global eLibrary for the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, and the best ideas will be incorporated into a summary report that will be sent to the President of the United States and G20 leaders in January, 2013, as the output result of the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, 2012.

The Cecil L. Murray Center for Community Engagement at USC, and Union Bank were acknowledged for showing the leadership to make the meetings happen. Reverend Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray played a key role help in making the meetings happen. Additionally Lance Triggs, CEO of Operation HOPE, Los Angeles, assisted with facilitating the meetings.

For others seeking to host their own Local Financial Inclusion meeting, contact HOPE Forum deputy director, Jodi Brockington at Jodi.brockington@operationhope.org.

Additionally, you can contribute your voice online with our pre-summit online social media hub, Talking Dignity