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John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on economic empowerment and financial dignity.
Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., a global nonprofit headquartered in Atlanta. Under the banner of “silver rights”, Operation HOPE has aided over 2.8 million individuals worldwide, and directed more than $2.7 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.
His work has been recognized by the last five U.S. presidents, and he has served as an advisor to the last three. He has received over 500 notable awards and citations for his work, including, Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and recognition as one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future,” in 1994.
Bryant is the author of bestsellers How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Berrett-Koehler), and Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass). His latest book, The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation (Berrett-Koehler) was published in September 2007, debuting as the #1 new release in budgeting and money management on Amazon. A mentor to many, Bryant is dedicated to sharing his failures and successes in life and business to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and world changers. John Hope Bryant shares a lesson in history, that explains a lot of what's going on today in our Civil Rights Movement. Right here, on Franchise Today