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May 30, 2015

Statement of Condolences to the Family of Vice President Joe Biden

IMG_2083While I lost my father on New Year's Eve last year, the reality is that he was months from 90 years old. He had lived a long and very rich life. I cannot possibly understand or even relate to the loss by a parent, of their child.  

But this is precisely what the family of Vice President Joe Biden, and Mrs. Jill Biden are dealing with today.

While many people are going about the business and intimacies, even blessings of their day -- and this wonderful weekend -- the Biden family is dealing with the heart wrenching loss of their son Beau Biden, to brain cancer.

And while words are never adequate in times like these, me and the entire Operation HOPE family extend our most sincere regrets, and deepest desire for healing for the Biden family. Healing particularly for Vice President Joseph Biden, and to the mother, Mrs. Jill Biden.

Blessings and with HOPE,

John Hope Bryant



May 29, 2015

Detroit News Op-Ed: Bryant: Raising low credit scores will boost Detroit

Detroit is no newcomer to success. Nearly 60 years ago, Detroit was the wealthiest city in the world. Wealthier than London, wealthier than Paris and wealthier than New York.

Then Detroit hit a significant rough patch, lost its storyline, and today city leaders like Mayor Mike Duggan are working through all of that. But unlike many other places in distress, the fundamentals of Detroit are strong.

People have inner cities all wrong. They are not wastelands, they are gold mines. 50-60 years ago, inner cities were traditional bedroom communities. But for a range of reasons, middle class and upper middle class residents began to move out towards the suburbs. Back then, that was called quality of life. Today, people are tired of driving one to two hours each way, every day, just to get from home to work and back again. The quality of their lives is now increasingly being spent on highways and byways. And young college graduates seem to naturally love the gritty authenticity that a downtown inner city has to offer; in Detroit, and in major cities clear across America.

The reality is that inner-city neighborhoods are nothing more or less than centrally located real estate. They are close to downtown, close to the major transportation hubs and arteries. Close to the waterfront and their trade routes. Close to work, and play.

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May 27, 2015

2015 Mackinac Policy Conference: John Hope Bryant Keynote Address


John Hope Bryant gives a keynote address at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference.


May 25, 2015

From LinkedIn Influencers -- What is that one thing...

What is that one thing...

What is that one thing in your life that you would do anything for?  

What is that one thing you would be willing to die for?    

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "if you don’t know what you are willing to die for, you are not fit to live.”  This is the very definition of passion, and living your truth.

What is that one thing that brings you true joy?  And yes, Joy is different from happiness.  Happiness is about what someone else says about you. Joy, is the language or self, to self.

What is that one thing you would do for free if you could afford to?

My favorite question when I meet someone is “what are you passionate about?”  It is my favorite question, because it gets to the core of what matters most.

Most people don’t have an easy answer to my passion-in-life question. For others it takes time, but eventually they come back with some form of response.  A response, often as differentiated from a real answer. 

The vast majority of people to my passion-in-life question default to the politically correct answer — family.  Meaning, they say they were passionate about their family. This might in fact be true, but that’s not why most people answer this way.

Read the complete piece at LinkedIn Influencers here.

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Okay, let’s go.

John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures, an Inc. Magazine/800-CEO-READ bestselling business author ofLOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass)His newest bestselling book is How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Berrett Koehler Publishing).

Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index with the Gallup Organizationand co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics in the world who is also of African-American descent.

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14 Country Chairs Gather for Annual Global Dignity Meeting in Norway. 70+ Countries Engaged With Global Dignity Day


Global Dignity Country Chairs from around the world gather to expand the organization’s mission of mutual respect and understanding throughout the world


Oslo, Norway – Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Global Dignity the international movement to spread respect and mutual understanding through dignity, held its Fifth Annual Global Country Chairs meeting in Norway earlier in May, with Operation HOPE Founder and Global Dignity co-founder John Hope Bryant joining talks, to expand the organization’s reach. This year, 14 country chairs, special advisors and organizational partners participated in the strategy session.


The meetings, held at the home of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, The Skaugum Estate, has become the strategic foundation for the organization’s success. This year, all three Co-founders, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland and John Hope Bryant, who also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Youth, attended the historic gathering.

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May 21, 2015

Operation HOPE, Mayor Michael Duggan and Fifth-Third Bank Launch First HOPE Inside in Detroit, Michigan



Published on May 11, 2015


Operation HOPE Collaborates with Fifth Third Bank and City of Detroit through Bank On Detroit to Open the First HOPE Inside Location in the State of Michigan. See speeches from Senior VP of Fifth Third Byna Elliot, President of Fifth Third, Eastern Michigan David Girodat, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and CEO, Founder of Bank on Detroit Councilwoman Joann Waston and Founder of Operation HOPE John Hope Bryant.



May 20, 2015

NewsOne TV: John Hope Bryant Says Middle-Class Folks Don’t Riot, Poverty Incites Social Unrest

News One


In a recent article for American Banker titled Lessons from Baltimore: ‘Middle-Class Folks Don’t Riot,’ John Hope Bryant, President and CEO of Operation Hope, wrote:

“Our goal as a society should be to bring economic opportunity to these neighborhoods. That starts with financial education and ends with making free enterprise work for all.”

Bryant joined Roland Martin Wednesday on NewsOne Now to discuss what can be done to bring economic opportunity to our underserved neighborhoods and explained the root cause of recent social unrest is, in fact, poverty. 

“It’s not like we got the memo on free enterprise and screwed it up … we never got the memo,” Bryant told Martin during the discussion.

Read the complete article here at NewsOne TV.


The Operation HOPE Vision, Mission, and Strategy Statement: 2015



The Vision of HOPE is:

To spark a global silver rights movement.  

To make the free enterprise system, work for all. 

Inclusive economics.


The Mission Statement of HOPE is:

Our job is to get people to believe in themselves, to light and re-light the fire within, to role model success, and to teach them how to fish.


The Strategy of HOPE is:

Found in the growing HOPE Retail Network, and the HOPE Parent Company.


Let's go....

John Hope Bryant, Founder, Operation HOPE


May 16, 2015

Speaking at Commencement before the Graduates of Herzing University

Today I had the pleasure of being the commencement speaker before the 2015 graduating class of Herzing University, and seeing these students achieve this level of accomplishment and to go off into the future of their lives was inspirational as ever.

I had a chance to spend some quality time both with Theo Anderson, Campus President, and Renee Herzing, President of Herzing University globally.  Both, good people, committed to fulfilling their human potential of others.

I rallied the students to re-imagine their futures, and to understand that they are living in a moment in history -- right now.  I told them that civil rights was waged and won in the streets, and silver rights would be waged and won in the suites.  And that these graduates -- were new silver rights empowerment 'suite-makers.'  I challenged them to figure out 'what kind of bird they wanted to be.'    I gave them choices ---- asked them 'what kind of bird did they want to be?'  I gave them three choices -- Eagles, Buzzards and Turkeys.  They smartly, and boldly, chose Eagles!

After the graduation ceremonies, I gladly signed copies of my recent bestselling book, "How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class," for each and every graduate.

It's time for a new movement.  And these and other graduates, moving out into the world today, are those new movement leaders.

Let's go...

John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures

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