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December 08 2014

President Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address to 2015 HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta

LOS ANGELESDec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity non-profit announced today that President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will deliver the Keynote Address at the 2015 HOPE Global Forum on January 17, 2015.

The HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting will convene leaders from community, government and the private sector to outline a vision for the modern global economy – a vision that includes all people. Where the poor, underserved and teetering middle class are seen as untapped assets for economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation. With the theme "Reimagining the Global Economy: Expanding Free Enterprise For All," the Forum will be held at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

"Perhaps no President has done more to advance the cause of financial dignity and expanded opportunity in their post-Presidency than Bill Clinton," said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. "Operation HOPE is deeply humbled and honored that President Clinton will address the 2015 HOPE Forum, especially against the backdrop of the MLK Day weekend festivities in Dr. King's hometown of Atlanta. We are looking forward to the President's spirited address and a meaningful two-day forum which will help provide the foundation for President Clinton's comments." 

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About President Bill Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. 

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. In 2013, to recognize the contributions of Secretary Clinton and Chelsea to the Foundation and to acknowledge their role in shaping the Foundation's future, the Foundation was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. 

Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is helping 8.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs. The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership are applying a business-oriented approach to fight climate change worldwide and to promote sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity and preventable disease through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. So far, more than 2,800 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of more than 430 million people in 180 nations. 

In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with President George H.W. Bush three times – after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, and with President George W. Bush in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Today the Clinton Foundation supports economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in Haiti. 

About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been providing financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2 million individuals worldwide. Through its work, HOPE turns check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers. For additional information about Operation HOPE, go to

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