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October 28 2013

NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Shelton Joins the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

Atlanta – October 28, 2013 – Today, Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, announced that Hilary Shelton will join the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta, November 13 and 14. Shelton, NAACP Washington bureau director and senior vice president for advocacy, will participate in the summit as a working group session leader.

In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the two-day summit, Global Economic Recovery: How The Poor Can Help Save Capitalism, will be moderated by Soledad O’Brien and 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.  

“Operation HOPE and the NAACP share a deep commitment to expanding opportunities for underserved communities,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE. “HOPE is honored to welcome the NAACP as a sponsor for this year’s summit and we look forward to Hilary’s contributions as one of America’s leading voices for civil rights and equality.”

Prior to serving as director to the NAACP Washington Bureau, Hilary Shelton served in the position of federal liaison/assistant director to the Government Affairs Department of The College Fund/UNCF. Shelton serves on a number of national boards of directors including, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, The Center for Democratic Renewal, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

The annual HOPE Summit will serve also 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

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 two million individuals, families, and small business owners. Operation HOPE is 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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