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January 01 2009

Australian Ambassador to the United States Honors John Hope Bryant at Private Dinner to Promote the Global Dialogue around “the Language of Money�

The post-HOPE Global Financial Literacy Summit dialogue highlighted the new book, LOVE LEADERSHIP, and the accomplishments of Operation HOPE

 (Washington, DC)– November 13, 2009 –Australian Ambassador to the United States, Dennis Richardson, and his wife Betty Richardson, hosted a private dinner honoring the innovative work of Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant and the work of Operation HOPE.

The private dinner applauded the organization’s efforts and continued the dialogue started at HOPE’s first Global Financial Literacy Summit held in June 2009. The Summit focused on the importance of teaching the global community a new language – the "language of money."

Ambassador Richardson attended the Summit held in Anacostia, an economically struggling suburb of Washington, D.C. The theme of the summit was "A Business Case for Financial Literacy." The event helped bring awareness to financial literacy and HOPE’s mission to move people from civil rights to “silver rights.” The Summit’s dialogue pivoted around the importance of understanding free enterprise and capitalism, and making the “language of money” aspirationally relevant to the poor on a global level.

“Financial literacy isn’t something we just want to talk about, but we want to take concrete action towards addressing the problem,” shared Ambassador Richardson. “I am no stranger to the host inner city neighborhood of Anacostia in Washington, D.C., in fact we are so moved by the work of Operation HOPE, that the U.S. Australian Embassy has adopted the Neeley Elementary School in Anacostia, D.C. to provide educational mentorship to its youth. It is a case of thinking globally and acting locally.”

Representatives from the U.S. Government, private, and public sector gathered to discuss the direction all sectors must take to encourage local communities to adopt financial literacy initiatives and practices for its citizens.

“I am honored to be here tonight,” said John Bryant, who also serves as vice chair of President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy as he referenced his new book, LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass, Sept. 2009). “Fear is the ultimate prosperity killer. Look at this global crisis, and you will see a financial crisis that morphed into an economic crisis, and then liquidity and a credit crisis, and now it is a basic crisis of confidence. That is fear, plain and simple. Promoting financial literacy will promote growth in the economy, employment and ultimately standard of living, HOPE works relentlessly to inspire and empower underserved communities everywhere.”

Attendees included: Stephen Ryan, Esq. of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and former Mid-Atlantic board chairman for Operation HOPE; Ted Carter, executive managing director, CB Richard Ellis; R. Edward Ingle, managing director, Microsoft Corp.; Brian Longe, president and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services; Margaret Miller, senior economist, The World Bank, Stephanie Mudick, executive vice president, corporate responsibility, JP Morgan Chase, Esther Silver-Parker, senior vice president, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Barry and Gail Wides; Hon. John Fernandez, assistant secretary for the U.S. Economic Development Administration; along with Bill Walbrecher, president and COO, Operation HOPE and Jena Roscoe, senior vice president, chief of government relations and public policy, Operation HOPE.