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January 01 2009

Urban Leadership Network Hosts A Conversation on Leadership with Rev. Cecil Murray and Silver Rights Leader John Hope Bryant

 Bryant’s new book LOVE LEADERSHIP explores a business model for success built on respect and dignity

(LOS ANGELES) – November 16, 2009 -- “Doing Well by Doing Good” was the theme as Southern California’s most influential business and community leaders came together for “A Conversation on Leadership” with Los Angeles civil rights legend, Reverend Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO and bestselling book author, John Hope Bryant, on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Annenberg Community Beach House, in Santa Monica, California. Moderated by ABC 7 News Reporter, Leo Stallworth, the program featured a dynamic discussion between the two keynote presenters, followed by a “fireside chat”-style brainstorming session about the principles conveyed in Bryant’s new book, LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead In a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass).

“The crisis in America today is not economic,” says Bryant, who also serves as vice chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, “It is a crisis of virtues and values. We must choose to prosper as a society, not just as individuals.”

In his book he explores why leaders who lead through the good of the whole, thrive. Aimed at a new generation of leaders and extremely relevant to today's economic climate, LOVE LEADERSHIP outlines Bryant's five principles of love-based leadership: Loss Creates Leaders (there can be no strength without legitimate suffering), Fear Fails (only respect and love leads to success), Love Makes Money (love is at the core of true wealth), Vulnerability is Power (when you open up to people they open up to you), and Giving is Getting (the more you offer to others, the more they will give back to you). Designated proceeds from the sale of the book go towards Operation HOPE’s “silver rights” mission to empower the underserved.

“The Annenberg Community provides an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and growth," said Stallworth, who has become increasingly involved in community affairs. “Opportunities such as these to hear and exchange new ideas can be used as seeds for positive change, and the ideas expressed today are proof that we are moving in the right direction.”

The Urban Leadership Network brings together like-minded urban professionals interested in making a positive impact within the communities they live, work and do business.  By developing emerging business and community leaders, the organization helps individuals achieve their goals through active participation in a variety of philanthropic causes.

This weekend, Bryant’s LOVE LEADERSHIP tour also extended to Los Angeles’ powerful Church of God in Christ (COGIC) congregation where he joined Sunday morning’s 8:00 am and 11:00 am services. There, Bryant spread his leadership message to some 7,000 people between the two services. Bishop Charles E. Blake invited Bryant to share the leadership principles with the church shortly after the book launched in August. As Presiding Bishop, Blake oversees COGIC’s six million members, he also serves as pastor for the West Angeles church where he leads a congregation of more than 24,000, providing programs for the psychological, social, and economic enhancement of the community.

Bryant can next be seen on December 2, where he will participate in a discussion around the future of leadership with Warren Bennis, Ph.D, Author of the ESSENTIAL BENNIS; William George,  Professor of Management Practice; Harvard Business School; and James G. Ellis, Dean, USC Marshall School of Business, at USC.