As the founding currator for the Atlanta Hub, I was proud and honored to join the first 20 members of the Global Shapers, Atlanta Hub tonight, for the first in a series of Action Meetings they will hold this year.  

The Global Shapers are part of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, and were inspired and created by Forum founder Professor Klaus Schwab.  Professor Schwab asked me to consider setting up the Atlanta Hub, as as founding member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, I assumed and presumed that I owed him at least that.

This group is now 20 plus strong of some of Atlanta's top up and coming talent with an international agenda.  Soon they will be 30 strong, and one GS just returned from an organizing meeting for all Global Shaper Hubs around the world, in Geneva, Switzerland. This group is already on the move, and their business plan for local impact here in Atlanta is indeed impressive.  One of the many initiatives they have decided to engage themselves in and around is the upcoming HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, 2012, to be held November 14th and 15th, here in Atlanta.

A special thank you to Global Shapers, Atlanta Organizing Committee Members, namely Ambassador Andrew Young, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart, YGL and entrepreneur Jamail Larkins, successful entrepreneur Tommy Dortch, nonprofit executive leader Judith Pickens, and myself.

One person can change the world.  These young bright stars, individually and collectively, have decided to be that 'one.'  A special thank you to Professor Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum and David Aikman who leads the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the Forum of Global Shapers in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Learn more about the Global Shapers, Atlanta 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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