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October 29 2012

HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit Secures Curley Dossman, Chairman of 100 Black Men of America as Working Group Co-Chair

New National Chairman of 100 Black Men of America captures speaker role for youth entrepreneurship

Atlanta – October 27, 2012In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, “silver rights” empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, announced today the addition of Curley Dossman, senior executive at Georgia Pacific Corporation and National Chairman of 100 Black Men of America, as a Working Group Co-Chair for the Youth Economic Energy and Entrepreneurship session during the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (HGFDS) in Atlanta, Georgia, November 14 – 15, 2012.

The HGFDS celebrates the “silver rights” empowerment leader’s 20th Anniversary of providing financial literacy and empowerment to underserved communities throughout America and around the world. The two-day summit activities will draw some of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders worldwide to address viable long-term, systemic and sustainable solutions to our economic and life problems.

Focused on youth, Mr. Dossman will play a critical role in advancing the dialogue around empowering youth with every opportunity to become leaders in economic development. As a leader in this space he will provoke thought around what tools, training and programs can be put into place to encourage successful free enterprise for the next generation.

At Georgia-Pacific Foundation Dossman is responsible for community relations program development for headquarters and local plant communities as well as the administration of the community programs department. In his role he works closely with Georgia-Pacific’s executive leadership on Atlanta and Georgia-focused programs important to the company. In directing the activities of the GP Foundation, he is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s overall philanthropic strategies.

Curley received a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a law degree from Washington University School of Law. Since that time, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the government and public affairs arena. Just prior to joining GP in late 1994, he was state vice president of government affairs for AT&T, where he was responsible for representing that corporation’s interests in the legislative, regulatory and industry relations areas. A native of Louisiana, Dossman served for several years as legislative assistant and special assistant for U.S. Senator Russell B. Long (Louisiana).

His work with the 100 Black Men of America reinforces economic empowerment as a necessary step toward creating a just society, not only here in the United States, but for black people around the world. The 100 defines economic empowerment as the ability to be self-determined in creating dreams, pursuing them and ultimately perpetuating them by establishing the mechanisms to sustain generational wealth. The 100"s program initiatives promote generational economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, family wealth building and entrepreneurship.

To learn how you can participate in the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, check here, or join the conversation online at our online mini-summit, Talking Dignity.