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January 01 2010

Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant to Celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week at Howard University

Bryant to focus on Banking on Our Future and promoting a new brand of capitalism from his bestseller LOVE LEADERSHIP

Washington, DC, February 19, 2010 —Operation HOPE (HOPE) Chairman, Founder and CEO John Hope Bryant visits renowned Howard University on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m. at the Howard University Bookstore located at 2225 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Mr. Bryant will share the principles of his bestselling book, LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear‐Based World (Jossey‐Bass, August 2009), and discuss financial literacy during National Entrepreneurship Week.

Mr. Bryant is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, America’s first non‐profit social investment banking organization, now operating in 69 U.S. communities and South Africa, having raised more than $500 million from the private sector to empower the poor.
In his book, Bryant explores why leaders who focus on 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.

Bryant will also discuss plans to expand  Operation HOPE’s financial literacy program, Banking on Our Future, College Edition, aimed at helping students at HBCUs learn how to take control of their own financial futures.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to share ideas of entrepreneurship and leadership with the community at Howard. You can’t have a rainbow without a storm,” said Bryant. “Finding new strategies to lead are key and absolutely necessary if we are going to learn from the recent economic crisis and move forward.”

The Howard University Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation is a recognized leader and currently listed among the ten top college programs for entrepreneurs in the country. As a leading HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), Howard University is proud of its illustrious history as an institution that has produced a number of prominent leaders who have made valuable contributions to society.

“John Hope Bryant is a representation of excellence, getting his start after the 1992 LA riots he has grown his organization from his passion and used his talents to guide numerous members of the African American community and at large,” said Lawrence Elliott Ball, Undergraduate Fellow of the Howard University ELI Institute, (The Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation),  who recognizes the need for financial literacy among college students, “His many lessons in Love Leadership and personal dignity encourage many around the world to live their passion and help others live their passion.”

From January 2008 – 2010, Mr. Bryant served as vice‐chairman of the bi‐partisan U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and chairman of the Under-served Committee for the President’s Council. He’s a recognized world authority on financial issues, whose work to eradicate the poverty has garnered him more than 400 awards and citations, including the Use Your Life Award from Oprah Winfrey. He was also named a “Community Hero” by People Magazine and was also selected by TIME Magazine for their “America’s 50 Most Promising Leaders of the Future” cover story.  Mr. Bryant serves on the CEO Panel for USA Today Newspaper and writes regularly for the Huffington Post.