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Guest Speaker

 

John Hope Bryant 

American Banker magazine 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, Inc.’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” (honorable mention), and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future” named in 1994, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. For the past two consecutive years, Bryant has been named in the "100 Most Influential Atlantans" listing developed by the Atlanta Business Chronicle that spotlights Atlanta’s top business and civic influencers.  

 

Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest not-for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company; he is the largest minority controlled, for profit owner of institutional quality, single-family residential rental property in the U.S.  He is also co-founder of Global Dignity.

 

He has served as an advisor to three sitting U.S. presidents, from both political parties. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. In January 2016 Bryant became the only private American citizen to inspire the renaming of a building on the White House campus, when the U.S. Treasury Annex Building was renamed the Freedman’s Bank Building.

 

Bryant is the author of bestsellers; The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation (Berrett-Koehler,

September 2017), How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Berrett-Koehler, 2014), and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass, 2009).  He is one of the only bestselling authors on economics and business leadership in the world today who happens to also be African-American.

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