The 2013 meeting of Global Dignity Country Chairs in Oslo, Norway is off to a strong start. We have 36 Country Chairs to date, and a dozen of them are represented in the room, including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Finland, Uganda, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Pakistan, Brazil, Norway and the United States of America, amongst others.

The best is yet to come. Our goal for 2013, is 50 GD Country Chairs.

A special thank you to the World Economic Forum and the Young Global Leaders for also supporting the meeting with key staff.

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 is a thought leader represented by the Bright Sight Group for public speaking. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a specialty finance company that is managed by an affiliate of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset manager with approximately $59 billion in committed capital under management as of December 31, 2012.

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