The Middle East Secret Weapon: Women (Here Too)

  Women are actually a global secret weapon, and not just because without women, there would be less men. I genuinely believe that women —- empowered women in particular — can be a game changer for a generation in any nation. Given my work in the Middle East region, I am particularly interested in the future impact of women empowermentthere.  My friend Quincy Jonessays it takes 20 years to change a culture....

As We Approach National Tax Day, Operation HOPE and Ambassador Andrew Young Encourage Working Families to Take Advantage of Earned Income Tax Credit

As We Approach National Tax Day, Operation HOPE and Ambassador Andrew Young Encourage Working Families to Take Advantage of Earned Income Tax Credit (via PR Newswire) The EITC benefit helps working families keep more of the money they earned with some families eligible for thousands of dollars in tax benefits ATLANTA, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Operation HOPE (HOPE), the leading global...

Street Entrepreneurs: Drug Dealers Are Stupid, But They’re Not Dumb.

I hate thug culture. But I think that ex-thugs might actually help save our inner-city communities in America. I am talking about the seemingly untapped brilliance of otherwise corrupt drug dealers and gang leaders in our American inner-cities. Rural communities too. At a recent Clinton Global Initiatives America meeting (CGI America), I spoke about my vision for the re-winning of America, and it centers around...

Video: John Hope Bryant Participating in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia

Where Jobs REALLY Come From. It’s Not Where You Think.

  I dig really deep into this in my new book, HOW THE POOR CAN SAVE CAPITALISM (June, 2014 release), but let me say it here quick, clean and crisp. On job creation, we’re looking for love in mostly all the wrong places. We talk about big business creating jobs, but this is not the 1970′s, when 70% of all employment came from big business.  We talk about innovation, but to quote my friend Jim...

LinkedIn Influencer: The Power Of Being A ‘Nobody’

Being born into this world a nobody just might be the best thing that ever happened to me.  The world undervalues the economic nobody, and grossly over-values the wealthy somebody. On this point the world is wrong. You have nothing to lose when you are a nobody. And because you realize that ‘you can’t fall from the floor,’ you’re not all stressed out about whether you are going to actually fail at...

LinkedIn Influencer: Why Giving Is Good Business

Volunteerism and giving back can surprisingly become your biggest career boosting asset. And it’s a natural life additive. I started my first business at age 10. Ever since I was in my late teens and running a business, I have been interested in giving back, volunteerism, and public service. That said, I never wanted to be an elected official. Still don’t. I thought elected office was great, but I...

LinkedIn Influencer: America’s Financial Literacy Pioneer: President Abraham Lincoln

Ending up right where we started. Financial literacy for all.  President Abraham Lincoln was a radical of even a different form than we think we know.  When we think of President Abraham Lincoln most people think of the Civil War, freeing the slaves, restoring the Union, and signing the Emancipation Proclamation. But this is only half of his amazing story. The other Lincoln was even more radical and...

LinkedIn Influencer: How to Leave Your Adversary With Their Dignity

  The first key to success is easy, and most of you are doing it already. It’s about working hard and never giving up, nor giving in. Persistence defines my very being.  This first success key is extraordinarily important if you are entering a new profession, starting a business, transitioning out of school and into life, or starting a new job. Few things are more valuable at Operation HOPE than employees...

John Hope Bryant, Honored Speaker at Heritage Dinner

February 20, 2014, John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE was the Keynote Speaker and recipient of a Heritage Award at the Heritage Dinner sponsored by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. The event took place at the Georgia World Congress Center and was titled, Our Heritage, Our History….From Brown vs. Board to the Board Room, commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the Brown vs. Board...

John Hope Bryant to Speak at Florida Legislature

 By Rahman Johnson Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 2:06 pm Tallahassee, FL (WTXL) – The Florida Legislative Black Caucus is bringing John Hope Bryant, Founder and CEO of Operation HOPE as the featured speaker at the FLBC Distinguished Lecture Series. He will keynote the  Black History celebration on February 12. The session is scheduled to beheld at the  State Capitol in the  4th Floor, House Chambers at...

Statement by Operation HOPE and John Hope Bryant in the Passing of Nelson Mandela

The Operation HOPE family joins the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela today. Madiba, as he was known to his friends and loved ones, lived a full and incredible life. Even transformational, for Africa and our world. But when the time comes, times like this are still difficult to digest, and to accept. We naturally want to hold on to our heroes and our sheroes. Those we admire and love, are inspirations to us.

Over Three Hundred Students Gather for Financial Empowerment Seminar in DC

By Michelle Hammonds, Program Manager- Washington DC Market, Banking on Our Future The HOPE Financial Dignity Center DC has partnered with Washington Math, Science & Technology Public Charter High School (WMST) for the past 5 years to expose students to financial dignity concepts.  On October 30, forty volunteers from BB&T, Department of Treasury, Industrial Bank, Wells Fargo, Women in Housing &...

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