Empowerment leader John Hope Bryant will detail his belief that true power in this world comes from economic independence. However, many Americans are incapable of obtaining this power because they simply don’t have enough money left at the end of the month. Bryant’s message is simple: The supermajority of people who live in poverty, who he calls the invisible class, as well as millions in the struggling middle class, haven’t gotten “the memo” until now. Bryant will reveal how to break this cycle by using financial literacy and utilizing a new attitude on wealth as means for economic liberation.
John Hope Bryant is an entrepreneur, author, advisor and an empowerment leader. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation Hope and the Bryant Group Companies and is one of the top-selling African-American business authors in America. Along with Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, Bryant is also a co-founder of Global Dignity. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. Bryant’s Operation HOPE, founded in 1992, has raised over 500 million dollars toward its goal of empowering under-served communities by providing aid from private sector resources. Operation HOPE attempts to “bridge the gap” between minority communities and mainstream resources by way of social investment banking. In so doing, communities benefit from access to economic resources along with numerous social benefits.
As a 26-year-old upstart at a thriving local business firm, Bryant realized his life’s mission as he witnessed the Los Angeles race riots in 1992. Since then, Bryant has been recognized a preeminent African American activist and his speeches have inspired countless people. Bryant’s personal philosophy aims to help everyone become a better leader by using love and respect. In 2008, President George W. Bush appointed him vice-chairman of the President’s Council on Financial Literacy.
Bryant was raised in Compton, California, and graduated from Santa Monica High School. On May 8, 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas.