(DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – January 29, 2010) – Highlighting the importance of financial literacy in the global economy, “silver rights” entrepreneur and Young Global Leader John Hope Bryant will join NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer and other leaders for the ringing of the bell of the New York Stock Exchange Euronext on Friday, January 29, 2010 live from the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland.
Organized by Summit officials and the NYSE, the ringing of the bell from Davos is a reminder of the importance of an international global financial structure and stands as a symbolic gesture for global economic reform and rebuilding.
The World Economic Forum is the foremost global community of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum is an independent international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation and has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
NYSE Euronext, the holding company created by the combination of NYSE Group, Inc. and Euronext N.V., was launched on April 4, 2007. NYSE Euronext (NYSE/New York and Euronext/Paris: NYX) operates the world ' s largest and most liquid exchange group and offers the most diverse array of financial products and services. NYSE Euronext, which brings together six cash equities exchanges in seven countries and eight derivatives exchanges, is a world leader for listings, trading in cash equities, equity and interest rate derivatives, bonds and the distribution of market data.
As a YGL, Bryant’s participation in the WEF is realized through HOPE Global Initiatives, his nonprofits’ commitment to international projects. Already, successful partnerships have been realized through Global Dignity and the Clinton Global Initiative. Since becoming an YGL in 2004; Bryant has worked with other YGLs to teach dignity and respect to youth, reaching more than 15,000 students worldwide.
His “silver rights” mission to empower the underserved and making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to low-wealth communities has led Bryant to expand his HOPE network across 69 cities in the United States, seven provinces in South Africa and now, stemming from his commitment at the World Economic Summit, in Port-au-Prince Haiti.
About John Hope Bryant
Born February 6, 1966 John Bryant is an American financial literacy and poverty eradication activist, and "silver rights" entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, America’s first non-profit social investment banking organization, a leading self-help provider of economic empowerment tools and services for the underserved.. To learn more about him visit www.operationhope.org or follow John Hope Bryant on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johnhopebryant.
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, 3500 nonprofit organizations and schools, and 100 government partners in 69 major U.S. cities and seven provinces South Africa, HOPE has raised more than $500 million in its pursuit of educating, assisting and inspiring the next generation of global stakeholders in financial literacy, economic empowerment and silver rights. Through international initiatives and its 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), Walk-In HOPE Centers (loans, bill pay, computer literacy, understanding banking principles), and our 10,000 strong volunteer HOPE Corps, Operation HOPE has delivered services to more than one million low-wealth individuals and assumed the re sponsibility of piloting the Silver Rights Movement towards making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities. Senior aide to Dr. King in the civil rights movement, Ambassador Andrew Young, serves as global spokesman for Operation HOPE, and icons Quincy Jones and Ambassador Andrew Young co-chair 5MK (5 MILLLION KIDS), aimed at breaking the cycle of the high-school dropout epidemic in America. To learn more about HOPE, visit www.operationhope.org and www.5MK.org, or read our blog at www.operationhope.org/blog.