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It is important to have the likes of Russell Simmons, and other celebrities and entrepreneurs in entertainment with us, such as accomplished actor Brian White, former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo and others, because this is the only way we are going to engage the interest and magical imagination of our youth and young generation in a new movement about BUSINESS.  These young people must begin to see these men as not just entertainers and sports figures, but accomplished BUSINESSMEN too.  
The HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit 2012 will help to reframe this lens, and set the stage for a new silver rights movement, for all.
A special thank you to Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons, actor Brian White, NBA Dikembe Mutombo and media personality Jeff Johnson, amongst others, for helping to bring forth the 'relevancy' of financial literacy and financial dignity empowerment, to and for a new generation that desperately needs it.
Find out more about the global summit and the involvement of your favorite celebrities here.
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John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama.  Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.   Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.

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