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January 12 2015

Operation HOPE Announces Slate of Working Groups for 2015 HOPE Global Forum

Working Groups range in focus from Ferguson unrest to personal finance; will take place on January 16 and 17 as signature component of third annual Global Forum

LOS ANGELES, CA – January 7, 2015 - Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity non-profit and host of the HOPE Global Forum, recently announced the full slate of working group sessions that will be featured at this year’s Forum later this month in Atlanta. 

The 2015 HOPE Global Forum will host nine working groups where attendees, representing the best of C Suite and Main Street, will brainstorm solutions to the shrinking middle class and discuss innovations for the future. Influential leaders will speak during each working group session and offer the opportunity to ask questions to experts in fields related to the topic. These working groups will drive conversation and change in every community at every income level. 

“These working groups help distinguish the HOPE Global Forum from other conferences because they encouragement direct engagement and conversation between industry leaders from a wide cross section of business, civic leadership and pop culture,” said HOPE founder, chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant & HOPE Global Spokesman, Ambassador Andrew Young. “Operation HOPE is honored by the record level of participation in these dialogues that will help set the agenda for positive change.” 

Below is a full schedule of the working groups that were announced: 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16th

Mobile Technology: “A Platform for Changing Our World”

This session will explore how cutting- edge mobile technology is being applied globally to deliver financial and educational empowerment, retail and services. Experts will discuss innovations from around the world, developing technologies and best practices. 

The Big New Idea: “Connecting Financial and Physical Wellbeing”

Participants will examine ways in which connected stakeholders can incorporate financial wellness improvement strategies for their populations, improve overall performance and lower healthcare costs. 

Big Data’s Next Task: “Identifying the Entrepreneurship Class”

Recognizing that the entrepreneur is the fuel for the engine, this session will explore how we can identify traits of future business builders early – and help them succeed. 

What’s Working: “Innovations in Corporate Social Responsibility”

This session will feature senior leaders from the financial sector exploring creative, innovative and strategic CSR programs, particularly in the area of financial capability and community empowerment, nationally and globally. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17th

The Youth Entrepreneurial Mindset: “Taking Action for Generational Change”

This session will feature successful entrepreneurs sharing their personal stories with experts from community and government weighing in on best practices and successful innovations here and abroad. 

Technology as a Tool: “Scaling Financial Services in a High-Tech World”

This session will feature successful Silicon Valley CEO’s sharing their latest innovations in the delivery of financial services designed to reach millions of underserved consumers. 

Lessons from Ferguson: “What the World Can Learn”

This session will amplify how the lessons from Ferguson can move beyond the discussion of race and into the realm of economic freedom and justice, exploring the underlying causes of continual poverty, lack of opportunity and class divides. 

Power of the Credit Score: “Changing Lives and Changing Communities”

This session will feature industry experts on the front lines of the credit, housing and regulatory fronts sharing the latest advancements in transforming communities through financial dignity. 

Preparedness as a Priority: “Disaster Financial and Economic Recovery”

This session will feature sector leaders from business, government, NGO and social services to explore the latest innovations in PREPARING people for when disaster strikes and reducing losses to individuals, business and communities. 

The annual forum, hosted at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, from January 15-17, 2015, will bring together heads of state, civic and financial leaders to outline a vision for the future of the modern global economy. This vision that includes all people as Operation HOPE sees the poor, underserved and teetering middle class as untapped assets for economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation. 

The theme for this year’s HOPE Global Forum is “Reimagining the Global EconomyExpanding Free Enterprise for All. 

To learn more about the 2015 HOPE Global Forum, please visit: HopeGlobalForum.org. To register for the 2015 HOPE Global Forum, please visit HERE. All interested media should register here.

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