Posted by: Academy of Achievement | 05/08/2014

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Peter Greer, Class of 2004
President and CEO, HOPE International

Participating in the International Achievement Summit inspired me to dream big dreams. Truly one of the highlights of my life, the 2004 Summit afforded me the privilege of visiting some of Chicago’s most picturesque spots while developing friendships with world-changers who serve with talent and tenacity. How could our group of student delegates not be inspired to try and follow in their footsteps?

Since graduating from Harvard’s Kennedy School and attending the International Achievement Summit, I have served as president and CEO of HOPE International, a global faith-based microfinance network serving some of the world’s most challenging places, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Haiti. Over the past decade, we have increased the number of families served from 5,000 to over 600,000 globally and seen private fundraising revenue grow at a compound annual rate of over 50 percent. As we focus on equipping individuals to work their own way out of poverty, I have been inspired by another group of world-changers: hard-working entrepreneurial women and men who are working with talent and tenacity to escape extreme poverty.

One of the impacts of the Summit was meeting authors I admire who grasp the power of story. Over the past years, I’ve written or co-authored books on the intersection of faith and international development, including The Poor Will Be GladThe Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, Mission Drift, and Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing. Today, I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with my amazing wife Laurel and our three children.

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