John Hope Bryant

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John Hope Bryant

“John Bryant is a 41 year-old whirlwind of ideas and action. Lean, intense, focused, and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with ‘a hand up and not a hand out.’"
-Bill Clinton

John Hope Bryant is an entrepreneur, author, advisor, and one of the nation's recognized empowerment leaders.

Coming from modest means in South Central Los Angeles, Bryant has built successful for-profit enterprises and best-in-class non-profit organizations with global impact, over the past 30 years. He has helped form financial literacy-to-entrepreneurship federal public policy for the U.S. federal government, working under both Democratic and Republican U.S. Presidents.

Mr. Bryant is founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. He is widely published and was a top (2009-2011) Inc. Magazine/CEO-READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass). Bryant is the only African-American bestselling business author in America today.

John’s next book, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (May 2014) suggests a new consciousness among successful business leaders: that their true purpose is to empower the poor, the working class and the struggling middle class through capitalism. By creating a virtuous upward cycle, wealth building occurs for all.

The goal is to spark an economic revival that works for everyone. But as John proudly says, “This isn’t a solution for the 99% or the 1%. This is the answer is for the 100%.”



  • Getting America to Win Together

    In the new global world that we live in, the competition for American workers and good jobs is no longer coming from your next door neighbor, be they black, white, red, brown or yellow. The tensions are no longer local. The new competitive tension for good jobs is coming from a neighboring country, or China, India, even Africa. Leaders and individuals in these countries are getting up earlier, staying up later, working weekends, and obsessing about a quality education with and for their children. In other words, they are now doing what we once did. But America can win again.

    The only way that all Americans win in the global economy is to come together — not as black and white, or rich and poor — but as a thriving, hungry, assertive and aspirational nation committing to regaining our leadership position.

    John Hope Bryant offers an inspiring vision on how to leverage America’s greatest assets. He stresses the need to empower entrepreneurship and small business start-ups, solve our education crisis and provocatively suggest we eliminate the high school dropout rate, and create communities of hope.

    It is a free enterprise approach to solving poverty, strengthening the ladder to and for the middle class, and raising a new American standard for generations to come.

  • Saving America’s Cities

    The key to saving America is saving her cities.

    All experts agree — the solution to revitalizing America, as well as key regions the world over, is increasing GDP and the economic growth in and through cities. Cities are where populations of aspiring young people are swarming to, as the jobs of the 21st century are there. That said, cities (particularly American cities) have taken the biggest hit from the global economic crisis of 2008-2013, with significant lingering effects until this day. As a result, cities, city leaders and governments have less money to solve old problems.

    John Hope Bryant has written a riveting book which squarely focuses on the untapped and underutilized assets in cities; tracking and growing youth economic energy in schools and crushing the high school dropout rate, significantly boosting entrepreneurship and small business start-ups, and creating new communities of hope where renewed self-confidence, aspiration, well-being, engagement and sense of opportunity is a city’s greatest advantage.

    A new paradigm shift and a new solution set is needed today. This is precisely John Hope Bryant’s message. In his refreshing new book, HOW THE POOR CAN SAVE CAPITALISM, Bryant outlines a bold new vision for cities, and by extension America. This new vision, which applies to urban and rural cities and towns alike, relies heavily on a new and innovative partnership between the private sector, government and civil society. In short, it is a free enterprise approach to solving poverty, strengthening the ladder to and for the middle class, and raising a new American standard for generations to come.

  • Love Leadership

    Love leadership distills what Bryant has learned about love-based leading into five fundamental laws:

    1. Loss Creates Leaders (there can be no strength without legitimate suffering)
    2. Fear Fails (only respect and love leads to success)
    3. Love Makes Money (love is at the core of true wealth)
    4. Vulnerability is Power (when you open up to people, they open up to you)
    5. Giving is Getting (the more you offer to others, the more they will give back to you)
  • How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

    The American economy is stalled because business and political leaders are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize their companies and the economy: the poor. The massive economic energy and potential of the poor and the struggling middle class has been left on the sidelines. John Hope Bryant’s stirring book shows how this came to be and lays out some simple ideas for making the economy work again—for everyone... MORE →

    Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World

    Bryant describes the current environment as wracked by fear, and fear as “the ultimate prosperity killer.” As an alternative, Bryant shares the lessons and practices of love-based leaders, and makes the case that, as unlikely as it sounds, the best way to get ahead is to figure out what you have to give to a world seemingly obsessed with only one question: “what do I get?” Love Leadership recognizes that you want to do well in life, but it also suggests that the best way to do well and to achieve true wealth over the long term is to do good, and you’ll never be wrong doing right... MORE →


  • John's Operation Hope and 5 Million Kids Initiative projects
  • LOVE Leadership Book Website
  • More Video: LOVE Leadership
  • @JohnHopeBryant: Follow John on Twitter