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October 21 2013

Executives from MasterCard and the Comcast Foundation to Lead Working Group Session Focused on Mobile Banking at HOPE Summit Next Month


Working Group Will Examine Implications of New Trends in Mobile Banking for Underserved Communities; Discussion Guided by Business Experts on Topic

AtlantaOctober 22, 2013 – Today, Operation HOPE (HOPE), the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, announced that Shawn Miles of MasterCard and Charisse Lillie of the Comcast Foundation will co-chair the upcoming HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (Summit) working group session titled, “Making Finance Mobile: Banking with Any Device, Anywhere for Everyone.”

Miles and Lillie will lead the intimate group discussion with a dozen other industry leaders and experts about how to encourage underserved communities to harness the untapped power of emerging business technology that promotes mobile finance and banking.

At the session, the participants will discuss how the primary benefit of mobile money is to empower people that do not have access to banks due to feasibility or viability. The process of making money more mobile facilitates banking in rural communities and places around the globe where traditional banking is not available. Mobile money networks will allow banks to expand their networks and empower the unconnected with a variety of partners.

“Emerging technology presents unprecedented opportunities to expand access to opportunity through capital. That principle will be at the heart of the discussion during this important working group session,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “HOPE is truly gratified to have Shawn and Charisse bring their subject matter expertise from MasterCard and the Comcast Foundation to lead this discussion and develop recommendations to truly harness mobile money.”

Miles has worked for MasterCard for over 20 years and has a wide array of experiences from his work in the business and legal areas within the company. In 2008, he was appointed group head, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Strategy. In this role, Mr. Miles has the responsibility for the MasterCard global public policy and regulatory strategy efforts in all key markets outside of the European Union, and also lead’s the company’s consumer education initiatives. Mr. Miles received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Miles is admitted to the bars of the State of New York and Connecticut and is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association.

Lillie is Vice President of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation.  She joined Comcast in 2005 as Vice President, Human Resources-Comcast Corporation, and Senior Vice-President, Human Resources-Comcast Cable.  She was a partner in the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, in Philadelphia from January, 1992 to February, 2005.  She was Chair of the Litigation Department from 2002 to 2005, and was a member of the Employment and Labor Law Group of the firm.  She also served as an advisor to clients on diversity and anti discrimination issues.  She is a frequent lecturer regarding diversity, community investment and corporate social responsibility. The Houston, Texas native received her B.A. in 1973 from Wesleyan University – cum laude; her J.D. in 1976 from Temple Law School – Dean’s Honor List; and her LL.M. in 1982 from Yale Law School. 

In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the two-day summit, themed “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. 

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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.