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November 05 2013

Penelope McPhee, President of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, to Participate in HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

ATLANTA – November 04, 2013 – Today, Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, announced that Penelope McPhee, President of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation will co-sponsor a working group session at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta, November 13 and 14. McPhee’s will co-chair the session, “Building a Framework for Change through Philanthropy,” along with Wade Dyke, President of Kaplan University, and Julius Robinson, Executive Vice President and Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Union Bank.

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. 

“The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s mission to promote positive change in people’s lives is something we at Operation HOPE hold very dear,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “With the leadership of Penny McPhee, the Foundation has been doing excellent work for local community members and we are honored to have them join the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit.”

McPhee joined the Blank Family Foundation in 2004. Previously, she worked for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, where she led the $1.8 billion foundation’s grant-making programs. Before entering the field of philanthropy, McPhee had a distinguished career as a television producer and author, winning five Emmys. In addition, her pictorial history of the civil rights movement, “Martin Luther King Jr. A Documentary: Montgomery to Memphis,” was recognized in 1980 as one of the “Best Books of the Decade” by the American Library Association. Her 1986 book, “King Remembered,” received the New York State Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Freedom.

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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