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John Hope Bryant

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Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE

Vice-Chairman, President’s Council on Financial Literacy

American Banker Innovator of the Year

TIME Magazine "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 Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines and James Herbert, Chairman and CEO of First Republic Bank, most recently Bryant was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Most Influential Atlantans”, one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Notable Georgians” and one of LinkedIn’s “Top Voices” in 2020.  Bryant was also recognized as one of the “Most Admired CEOs” in 2018American 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” in 1994.  

Mr. Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest non-profit, best-in-class provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States for youth and adults.  He is also the 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.  Both Operation HOPE and The Promise Homes Company have experienced explosive growth under Bryant’s leadership, 553% from 2014-2018, and 303% from May 2017 to present, respectively.  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 Freedman’s Bank was founded by President Abraham Lincoln.  Its legacy 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.  

Mr. 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 the author of bestselling books Up From NothingThe MemoHow the Poor Can Save Capitalism and Love Leadership

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The man is a presence, and he woke up our participants with his honesty and overall message. I'm especially grateful he made the trip halfway around the world to speak to our group of leaders. I know he has changed some lives, and I hope the butterfly effect from that is overwhelmingly positive.

- The Chair Academy

The man is a presence, and he woke up our participants with his honesty and overall message. I'm especially grateful he made the trip halfway around the world to speak to our group of leaders. I know he has changed some lives, and I hope the butterfly effect from that is overwhelmingly positive.

- The Chair Academy

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Banking on Our Future: A Program For Teaching You and Your Kids About Money

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Banking on Our Future: A Program For Teaching You and Your Kids About Money

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