Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Operation HOPE
Named LinkedIn 2020 “Top Voices: U.S. Influencers,” American Banker magazine 2016 “Innovator of the Year,” and one of TIME magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future," John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity.
Referred to as the Conscience of Capitalism by CEOs of Delta Air Lines, Walmart, and First Republic Bank, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Mr. Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest nonprofit, best-in-class provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States for youth and adults. He is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures, and Founder and Principal of The Promise Homes Company, which is the largest minority-controlled owner of single-family rental homes in the United States.
John Hope Bryant has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Treasury. He is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and a contributor to Huffington Post, THRIVE Global, and Black Enterprise. Bryant has been named as Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians in 2022”. In 2021, he was awarded U.S. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Advocate of the Year. In 2020, he was named one of “LinkedIn’s Top Voices: U.S. Influencers.” Bryant was also named as the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “The Power 100: Most Influential Atlantans in 2020,” American Banker magazine’s 2016 “Innovator of the Year,” and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future”. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity, and a member of the World Economic Forum, and OECD Expert Networks.
Five former U.S. presidents have recognized his work, and 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. The legacy of the Freedman’s Bank, founded by President Abraham Lincoln, has become the narrative of the work of Operation HOPE—to help all people in the ‘Invisible Class’ become fully integrated into our nation’s economy. John Hope Bryant is the author of bestselling books Up From Nothing: The Untold Story of How we (All) Succeed; The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation; How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class, and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. He is one of the only bestselling authors on economics and business leadership in the world today who happens to also be African-American.
CNBC Clip: How the U.S. can move forward after Capitol breach
You Can’t Be Free Without Financial Freedom
How the Poor Can Save Capitalism
Aspiration and Opportunity
John Hope Bryant’s Speech Topics
Leadership and Relationship Building
In leadership and relationship management, anger is not a strategy. You can lead effectively without creating a fear-based environment by being mindful of the importance of managing relationships so that even your adversaries are left with their dignity.
How the Poor Can Save Capitalism
Bryant radically redefines the meaning of poverty and wealth and exposes why attempts to aid the poor so far have fallen short and offers a way forward.
Though many of us are living without it, everyone is entitled to financial literacy, access to capital and equity of opportunity to create a secure future and realize their aspirations.