Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Hope Global Forum a three-day conference focused on eradicating poverty worldwide under the dynamic leadership of “silver” rights activist John Hope Bryant. The three-day conference had some of the biggest thought leaders of the day from government, private, corporate, community and academic sectors gather together at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta to help America and the world discover sustainable solutions to our economic challenges.
The Hope Global Forum is an annual event sponsored by HOPE, Inc. an international non-profit that has empowered more than 2.2 million individuals and directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America’s low wealth communities since its inception in 1992. It has recruited a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and helped raise average credit scores for financial case management clients more than 120 points over an average 18-month period. It currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and most recently, the United Arab Emirates. Its effort to empower underserved communities is a “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone.
The keynote speaker of the weekend was former president Bill Clinton who was dynamic as he discussed ways to bridge the wealth gap. It was truly inspiring to listen to President Clinton discuss how he has used his platform since leaving office to help the world a better place through investing in underprivileged communities and using his voice to address societal ills.
John Hope Bryant made a lasting impression as he charged the audience to realize that the Civil Rights Movement of our day involves financial literacy. Author of highly acclaimed How The Poor Can Save Capitalism is known for his charitable works around the world. Bryant is a magnificent agent for societal good through his organization Hope, Inc.
He is responsible for more than $2 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development investments in under-served communities across the U.S. Operation HOPE operates on- the-ground partnerships in more than 300 U.S. cities, South Africa, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and has served more than 1.5 million clients, recruited and mobilized more than 22,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, enjoys more than 5,000 partners from government, community (including faith) and the private sector, and is the global leader in financial dignity.
John Hope Bryant shared during the media meet and greet,
Civil Rights used to be in the streets now it’s in the suites.
It’s time to get in those suites and make things happen. I decided at the end of 2013 that I was going to focus more on my passions that involves social and political activism; so when the opportunity to attend the Hope Global Forum fell into my lap I could not help but feel giddy.
To learn more about HOPE Inc., and how you can participate visit the link here.
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