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September 11 2013

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George Announced as Honorary Co-Chair of the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit


Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President and CEO to join Operation HOPE in Atlanta on November 13-14

ATLANTA – September 12, 2013 –  Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today that Esther L. George, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will participate as an Honorary Co-Chair and principal speaker at the second annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta on November 13-14, 2013. She is the second chief executive from the Federal Reserve System to join the Summit; Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta announced his participation in August

George will join several other dignitaries as event co-chairs, including: 

·         Kasim Reed, Mayor, Atlanta, Georgia

·         Tim Pawlenty, president and CEO, Financial Services Roundtable

·         Ambassador Andrew Young, Civil rights icon and HOPE Global Spokesman

·         Sean Cleary, founder and executive vice chair, FutureWorld Foundation

·         John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE 

George joined the Federal Reserve in 1982 and served much of her career in the Division of Supervision and Risk Management. She started as a commissioned bank examiner and eventually served for ten years as the District’s chief regulator. In that capacity, she was responsible for oversight of the District's 170 state-chartered member banks and nearly 1,000 bank and financial holding companies, as well as the Bank’s discount window and risk management functions. She was directly involved in the Tenth District’s banking supervision and discount window lending activities during the banking crisis of the 1980s and post-9/11.

 She is a former chair of the Federal Reserve System's Community Banking Organizations Management Group. George also served as the acting director of the Federal Reserve's Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C., during the recent financial crisis. 

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About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small-business owners. To learn more about Operation HOPE, visit, follow us on Twitter, @operationhope and #HOPESummit, and like us on Facebook.