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13 January 2015

Former President Clinton and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to Headline Hope Global Forum

Starting 15 January 2015, Atlanta will host the 3rd annual Hope Global Forum from the Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

Organized by Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity non-profit, the Hope Global Forum will feature leaders from community, government, entertainment and the private sector to outline a vision for the modern global economy.

"The 2015 HOPE Global Forum is shaping up to be the best one yet with well-respected, experienced leaders from every discipline joining us this week to move the dialogue forward as we develop the blueprint for a new, inclusive global economic vision," said HOPE founder, CEO and chair John Hope Bryant. "The entire Operation HOPE family is humbled by the record level of interest in this year's Forum – we're ready to make history once again."

Included among the leaders Forum attendees can expect to hear from are former President Bill Clinton, United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

The 2015 HOPE Global Forum will host nine working groups, where attendees, representing the best and brightest from C Suite to 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.

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been providing financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.2 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.

The 2015 Hope Global Forum will run through 17 January 2015.