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March 30 2017

Chris Gardner joins 2017 HOPE Global Forum speaker lineup

ATLANTA – March 30, 2017 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, Inc. announced today the addition of entrepreneur and best-selling author, Chris Gardner, as a featured speaker at the 2017 HOPE Global Forum. The three-day event, now the largest and most prominent gathering of leaders in the world focused exclusively on financial inclusion and the empowerment of the poor, will be held in Atlanta, April 10-12.

“We are honored to have Chris Gardner at our annual meeting,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “His inspirational journey and perspective as a businessman and advocate for personal empowerment and inclusion will contribute immeasurable value to our discussions and work.”

Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, became a New York Times #1 best seller, and has been translated into over forty languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” for which Will Smith, starring as Gardner, received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award nominations for his performance.

With the theme “Uplifting the Invisible Class,” the 2017 HOPE Global Forum will challenge over 3,200 delegates from more than 25 countries to outline a vision for a new, global economy—where the poor, underserved and dislocated middle class are viewed as untapped assets for entrepreneurship, job creation and economic growth. Gardner joins an esteemed group of global thought leaders and influencers scheduled to address participants, including, Tony Schwartz, CEO, The Energy Project; Ajay Banga, CEO, Mastercard; and Lisa Borders, President, Women’s National Basketball Association.

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About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.  Project 5117 is HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its second consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. 

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About the HOPE Global Forums

The HOPE Global Forums are a community of events that serve as a call to action: to reimagine the global economy so the benefits and opportunities of free enterprise can be extended to everyone. We accomplish this through a series of carefully curated conferences, events and policy programs designed to foster leadership around this critical issue. Our Annual Meeting serves as our flagship event and is now the largest gathering of leaders in the world on behalf of empowering poor and underserved communities. HOPE Global Forums are an initiative of Operation HOPE, the global leader in providing financial dignity. Founded in 1992, Operation HOPE is the nation’s first nonprofit, financial services network for underserved communities.

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