You and I are not alone in pursuing a better, more just, and more equitable future for our world. Last week at the Milken Institute proved that by convening more than 3,500 thought leaders, social and cultural influencers, and industry titans to share their insights, wisdom, and resources to help bend the arc of morality back towards justice. 

I had the pleasure of sharing with colleagues and friends the many successes that we have enjoyed at Operation HOPE in our pursuit to empower the nation with financial dignity through financial literacy with our various programs. The first panel I spoke on was entitled “The FinTech Movement: Social Economic Mobility Strategies.” Moderated by Nicole Valentine, FinTech Director, Center for Financial Markets at Milken Institute, I and my co-panelists discussed ways to close the wealth gap in banking deserts in the U.S. and across the globe, and explored the various ways that organizations, like Operation HOPE, and fintech founders are creating solutions that reach the unbanked, underbanked, undercapitalized and underestimated.

Listen to the Milken Podcast Here

Retired Major League Baseball great Alex Rodriguez also shared a panel together during the conference to discuss the ripple effects of the lack of financial literacy in Black and Brown communities and how we can help combat it. During the closed session entitled “Swinging for the Fences: Innovation for Increasing Financial Fluency in America”, Rodriguez, our moderator Emily Musil Church, Senior Director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy at the Milken Institute and I explored how multi-sector collaboration can best build on existing efforts to bring financial fluency to Americans who need it most.

If you’re looking for more impactful and transformational conversations, I want to invite you to our upcoming HOPE Global Forums and Annual Meeting taking place later this year in Atlanta, GA. Click here to request an invitation and I’ll see you there!

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