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October 09 2013

Atlanta Business and Civic Leaders to Join HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit Next Month

ATLANTA – October, 9 2013 – Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, announced the commitment of a number of Atlanta business and civic leaders for the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit next month in Atlanta. Atlanta will host the summit on November 13 and 14 for the second consecutive year.
The two-day summit, featuring master of ceremonies Soledad O’Brien, Global Economic Recovery: How The Poor Can Help Save Capitalism, will frame the issue of financial inclusion, small business, entrepreneurship, jobs, and financial dignity as essential core ingredients to mid and long-term economic recovery and stability. It is expected to draw 1,000 of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders from more than 50 countries around the world.  
Atlanta, which is the home of Southeast regional office for Operation HOPE and the flagship HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer on the campus of the King Center, is the ideal home for the Summit. Atlanta was also the home base for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement and was the inspiration for his work, some of which Operation HOPE is continuing in Dr. King’s honor. Inspired by the third component of Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign, the Summit is the Davos-inspired meeting for leaders interested in the empowerment of the poor and the underserved. 
“Not only is Atlanta an important business, transportation and cultural hub, but it is also one of the foundational cities for Dr. King’s work with the poor and underserved and the work that continues today with Operation HOPE,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “We are pleased to be back in Atlanta for our Summit for a second consecutive year and look forward to contributions from many Atlanta leaders to enrich the Summit experience.”
Joining Mayor Kasim Reed and President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Dennis Lockhart is a roster of elite Atlanta business and community leaders including:
  • Carlton Brown, President, Clark Atlanta University
  • Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator for Region IV Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Curley Dossman, President, Georgia-Pacific Foundation and Chairman, 100 Black Men of America
  • John Eaves, Chairman, Fulton County Commission  
  • Ed Jennings, Southeast Regional Administrator U.S. Department of Housing and Development
  • Brian McGowan, President and CEO, Invest Atlanta
  • Dikembe Mutombo, Chairman and President Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
  • Jagganath Rao, President, Customer Services Division Siemens Industry Sector USA
  • Bill Rogers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SunTrust Banks, Inc.
  • Joe Ruiz, Director, Humanitarian Relief Program UPS Foundation
  • Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Human and Civil Rights
  • Geri Thomas, Georgia President, Chief Diversity Officer, Bank of America
The annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit will serve as the foundation for recommendations and best practices, which will result from the Summit Working Groups and published in an executive summit report.  It will also work as the staging area for the gathering of commitments for business role models, business internships, youth entrepreneurship business grants, and other commitments for action in underserved communities.
About Operation HOPE
Operation HOPE (HOPE) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy and dignity through various educational programs and initiatives. Since its inception in 1992, HOPE has served more than 2 million individuals, directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities, maintains a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, has raised average credit scores for financial case management clients more than 120 points over an average 18-month period, and currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and most recently, the United Arab Emirates. At its core is a “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise and capitalism work for everyone. To learn more about Operation HOPE, visit, follow us on Twitter, @operationhope, and like us on Facebook.