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July 10 2013

HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit Welcomes Governor Tim Pawlenty as Honorary Co-chair and Speaker

Former Minnesota Governor will lend expertise on government and finance at international gathering in November

ATLANTA – July 11, 2013 – Governor Tim Pawlenty, Financial Services Roundtable President and CEO, will serve as an Honorary Co-chairs to speak at the second Global Financial Dignity Summit hosted by Operation HOPE and the City of Atlanta on November 13-14, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Sponsored by Delta Airlines, Allstate, UPS and others, the Summit’s theme, Global Economic Recovery: How the Poor Can Help Save Capitalism, focuses on solutions for an economic revival that is inclusive of all social strata.    

Mr. Pawlenty will share his remarks with an expected 1,000 delegates from around the world at the event, hosted by Co-chairs John Hope Bryant, HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, and Civil Rights Icon and Ambassador Andrew Young, Chairman of the Andrew Young Foundation.

As leader of the Financial Services Roundtable, which represents leading financial service companies in their efforts to protect the security, integrity and success of our nation’s financial system, Mr. Pawlenty helps strengthen the organization’s impact as a major player on Capitol Hill and with regulators. He previously served as governor of the State of Minnesota (2003-2011). As his state’s CEO, he was responsible for a $50 billion biennial budget, 30,000 employees and over 20 agencies and departments. His work as governor included promoting international business opportunities through trade missions to nine countries.

As governor, Mr. Pawlenty was also responsible for disaster preparedness and response, appointment of judges, and for serving as commander in chief of Minnesota’s National Guard. As chair of the State Board of Investment, Mr. Pawlenty provided oversight over $60 billion in investments. His education, health care and energy initiatives were widely viewed as among the most innovative in the nation. He served as chair of the National Governor’s Association (2007-2008), chair of the Education Commission of the States (2008-2010), and chair of the Midwest Governor’s Association (2006-2007). From 1986 to 2000, Mr. Pawlenty practiced law in the areas of criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appeals. 

Mr. Pawlenty also served as vice president of corporate development for Wizmo, an early stage technology services company. He has served as a board member for numerous companies. Mr. Pawlenty served in the Minnesota House of Representatives (1993-2003) where he was elected majority leader by his colleagues (1999-2003). He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota with Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honors. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. 

Under the backdrop of today’s global economic struggle for job creation, this event builds from last year’s group discussions dedicated to exploring opportunities and programs for underserved communities. Summit delegates will document ways to bring about sustainable change, which creates opportunity for underserved communities.

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. Driven by a “silver rights” mission fueled by vision and idealism, HOPE strives to empower the struggling middle class through financial literacy, dignity and capital enterprise.

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