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October 22 2013

Operation HOPE Hosts a Pre-Summit Stakeholder Meeting Focused on Enhancements for Key HOPE Programs on November 13th


HOPE Stakeholder Meeting joins volunteers, financial industry professional and educators to discuss the improvement of financial empowerment programs

Atlanta – October 22, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE), the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, announced that it will be convening stakeholders in the community, financial services and government to focus on the enhancement of HOPE programs across the United States. The Stakeholder Meeting, set for November 13 at the HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer, is a pre-summit event that will help set the tone for the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit on November 14.

“If you are a HOPE Corps volunteer, client, board member, educator, supporter, student or a friend of HOPE, then you are a HOPE stakeholder and should attend this very important meeting and let your voice be heard,” said HOPE’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John Hope Bryant.

The HOPE Stakeholder Meeting will feature four break out sessions focused on HOPE’s main divisions:

  • Education and youth economic energy to eradicate poverty and create jobs (Youth Programs).  Session chaired by Celie Niehaus, Market Vice President of Corporate Compliance at Capital One and Banking on Our Future Advisory Board Chair.
  • Building a stakeholder generation (Adult Programs).  Session Chaired by Steve Bartlett, Strategic Policy Advisor at LEVICK and HOPE Inside Advisory Board Chair.
  • Empowering the Silver Rights Movement (Volunteerism).
  • Rainbows after storms (Disaster Preparedness & Relief).  Session chaired by Art Faulkner, Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and HOPE Alabama Board of Directors vice chairman.

“HOPE’s programs have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe.  It is because of the passion and dedication of our stakeholders that these programs are successful.  We need to hear their thoughts and ideas on ways to enhance these programs for the future,” said Managing Director of HOPE Corps and Talent, David Bell. 

In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the HOPE Global Financial Literacy Summit will be held November 13-14, 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. 

The HOPE Stakeholder Meeting is open to all interested in attending.  To RSVP for this event please click here or contact David Bell at  For more information on the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit visit

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its three 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.