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May 01 2011

LOVE LEADERSHIP Focus of Summit Hosted at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

John Hope Bryant delivers keynote address

Kansas City, MO – May 1, 2011 – Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) Founder, Chairman and CEO John  Hope Bryant delivered the keynote address on April 22 at a leadership summit focused on providing insight into the role of leadership in today’s corporate, economic, nonprofit and public environments.

“In LOVE LEADERSHIP I make the argument that the key of rising out of the ashes of this current economic crisis is figuring out what you have to give in a world that seems to be obsessed with answering the question ‘what do I get,’” said Bryant who currently serves the Obama Administration on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

Other distinguished speakers at the event included Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hoenig, Distinguished Professor at Park University Kay Barnes, and The Central Exchange President and Chief Executive Officer Ellen D’Amato.

Speaking to the principles laid out in his business bestseller LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World, Bryant outlined the five laws 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).

The principles derived and are deftly illustrated by interviews with thirty love-based leaders who include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO, and bestselling author Bill George, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Civil Rights legend and HOPE Global Spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, and some of the last book interviews with the late, Secretary Jack Kemp and civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy I. Height.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City covers the Federal Reserve’s 10th District including Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and portions of western Missouri and northern New Mexico. The Kansas City Fed is second only to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in size of geographic area served.

Photos of the event can be found on Bryant’s blog.