A special kudos to my friend and colleague Jay Hein, deputy assistant to the president and director, White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, for his leadership and vision in pulling together a history making first for our nation — the first ever WHITE HOUSE ROUND TABLE ON FINANCIAL LITERACY at the White House (Old Executive Office Building, President’s Briefing Room) in Washington, D.C.




It was a great success, with the opening session headlined by President’s Council chairman Charles Schwab, HUD Secretary Steve Preston, director of the U.S. Mint Edmund C. Moy, and U.S. Treasurer Anna Cabral. Strong. Very.  The day’s agenda was packed with outstanding panelists, including Jonathan Mintz, commissioner of the City of New York Dpartment of Consumer Affairs, Hilary L. Hunt, director of the Office of Financial Education for the State of Pennsylvania, Dr. Robert Lee, CEO of FreshMinistries and a member of the Council, Judith Pickens, senior vice president for programs and youth development services for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Bill Mathis, executive vice president-business development, MasterCard Worldwide, and board member for Junior Achievement Worldwide, with a historical perspective from Christopher Peterson, professor of law at S.J. Quinney College of Law and the University of Utah. Inspring closing remarks were given, along with an international perspective, by the Honorable Florizelle Liser, assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa.

You can see all the photos from the White House Round Table on Financial Literacy as well as other President’s Council efforts here.

Onward with HOPE

John Hope Bryant

Chairman, Operation HOPE

Vice Chairman, U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy

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