Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, FDIC Chair Sheila Bair and Civil Rights Icon Ambassador Andrew Young to Deliver Keynote Addresses

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Operation HOPE (HOPE), America's leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization, announces today the first Global Financial Literacy Summit to be held at the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Southeast Washington, D.C. on June 17, 2009. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chair Sheila Bair will headline as business leaders from around the world explore the importance of financial literacy as the fuel that drives sustainable and healthy consumer confidence in an unstable global economy.

The summit is being launched in response to the global economic crisis, the highest U.S. unemployment rate in 25 years (8.9 percent), a record low housing construction rate, down 12.8 percent, and a loss of consumer and market confidence due to deteriorating personal finances.

“We are hosting the Global Financial Literacy Summit because we find ourselves in the midst of a global economic crisis. For the sake of our shared future global security, stability and growth, we should empower everyone with 'silver rights' — financial literacy, or what we at Operation HOPE call 'the language of money,'” said John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, HOPE, who also serves as Vice Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. “The Summit will make a strong business case around the importance and enormous potential of a world rooted in financial literacy. Understanding 'the language of money' is far from a math class; it is contextual, psychological, aspirational, cross-sections with issues of self-esteem and self-worth, and is impacted by one’s culture and environment.”

In addition to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, participants will hear from political, financial, business and community leaders through several plenary sessions scheduled throughout the day.

This is Operation HOPE’s second event at THEARC. On May 3, 2006, Operation HOPE hosted its first Anacostia Economic Summit at THEARC which featured then World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and then Mayor Anthony Williams. This first summit focused on inner-city and under-served communities as emerging markets in America, and coincided with the opening of Operation HOPE’s first HOPE Banking Center serving the Washington, D.C.-Anacostia community.


  Global Financial Literacy Summit:
Making a Business Case for Financial Literacy, Post Crisis


Ben Bernanke, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman
Sheila Bair, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Ambassador Andrew Young, HOPE National Spokesman
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Operation HOPE

45 speakers representing 6 continents



June 17, 2009


1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Operation HOPE is America's leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization. With more than 400 private sector partners, 1500 nonprofit organizations and schools, and 100 government partners in 30 major U.S. cities as well as South Africa, HOPE has raised more than $400 million in its pursuit of educating, assisting and inspiring the next generation of global stakeholders. Through international initiatives and its three principal programs, Banking on Our Future (teaching school children about money), HOPE Coalition America (Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline, 1-888-388-HOPE, financial emergency preparedness and disaster relief), and Walk-In HOPE Centers (loans, bill pay, computer literacy, understanding banking principles), Operation HOPE has assumed the responsibility of piloting the “Silver Rights Movement” towards making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities. For more about the summit or to register, visit

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