“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.’"
"John is a powerful mix of vision and idealism, as well as practical business know-how and financial acumen. It’s one thing to create a vision, but it’s quite another to invest $1.5 billion with that vision, as John has."
-Editorial Director of Berrett-Koehler
John Hope Bryant is a philanthropic entrepreneur and businessman. Mr. Bryant serves U.S. President Barack Obama on the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and prior to that Mr. Bryant served U.S. President George W. Bush as vice chairman of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and chairman of the council Committee on the Under-Served.
Mr. Bryant is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, America’s first non-profit social investment banking organization, now operational in 70 U.S. communities and South Africa, having served more than one million individuals, raising approximately $900 million in economic activity for the under-served.
Bryant is the empowerment leader for our time because he has lived through and personally experienced each of the successful life lessons he now shares with others. He has spent his entire life better understanding the human person and human spirit 'as product,' and in so doing he has become an expert on what he now calls the "the new software of human development."
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%.”
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In a highly competitive, reset world, companies, governments, non-governmental organizations and other entities that rely on people power, will increasingly require effective and highly engaged leaders.
Bryant believes that the new definition of freedom for his generation is "self-determination," and you cannot have self-determination without empowering yourself to create a sustainably changed environment in your life.
In this talk, John Hope Bryant shows how Empowerment Leadership is about exercising effective control over the only thing we can, ourselves. It is about driving top-line performance by inspiring private sector employees, communities, government workers, groups, even the poor, to have an enlightened self-interest in anything and everything they do, touch, or involve themselves.
Empowerment Leadership is about refining the product called 'people' for best-in-class performance; personally, professionally, even for life.
It is our generation's leadership responsibility is to GIVE THEM SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO SEE.
Change is everywhere, from the White House to your house. Over the next few years, the way in which most all of us have become accustomed to living will change forever. The global economic crisis has delivered a structural body blow, both here and abroad, that will require almost everyone to rethink almost everything. That said, this change can be a good thing, and we can together make the next 30 years the most amazing in modern history.
The U.S. is a $14 trillion economy, the largest in the world, 70% driven by the consumer, but most of us simply do not understand the language of money. Some of the most vulnerable are youth between 18-25, college age students, a group that represent the second largest group of bankruptcy filers in America – and this is literally our future.
In a world framed and defined by global economics, individual choices informed by your measure of financial literacy or lack thereof, and our collective prosperity framed and fueled by the power of education and the acquisition of knowledge, the role and importance and student financial aid administrators simply must change. You are the gateways to the revitalization of America, and the gateway to what I believe will be our greatest American generation. In session we will effectively “rethink everything,” and then lay out a vision for our nation’s future, and yours. I will tell you what I am doing to inspire a new silver rights movement in America and abroad, and what you can do too.
Love leadership distills what Bryant has learned about love-based leading into five fundamental laws:
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