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February 11 2016

Operation HOPE Founder Keynotes the Delta Leadership Conference in New Orleans

The 11th annual meeting highlights the importance of entrepreneurship and economic development  

ATLANTA -- Febraruy 11, 2016 -- On Feb. 5 Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant led the Delta Leadership Conference, providing the keynote address centered on his business bestseller, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism, to underline the importance of entrepreneurship and economic development.

Marking its 11th year, the Delta Leadership Network 2016 Annual Conference was held in New Orleans under the theme of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. Bryant joined an impressive slate of speakers who focused on topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and rural place-making.

The Delta Leadership Network Annual Conference is the venue for alumni to renew friendships and engage in dialogue centered on today's best approaches to community and economic development.  Since 2005, the leadership academy has allowed for the vibrant exchange of information, transforming many of the region's most vulnerable places. Equally important are the collaborative efforts that transcend city, county and state boundaries. 

A natural entrepreneur, Bryant became a businessman at the age of 10 with a modest, but life changing, $40 investment from his mother for his first business idea. He is a “silver rights” entrepreneur and businessman, author, thought leader, philanthropist and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures. The last five U.S. presidents have recognized Bryant’s work—he has served as an advisor for the last three sitting presidents. He currently serves President Obama as a member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, focused on the next generation of leaders.

Operation HOPE is a global nonprofit, focused on delivering financial empowerment through financial literacy. Since 1992, the organization has promoted financial dignity in underserved communities. Through its core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted homeownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.6 million individuals, families, and small-business owners. It is currently focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone.