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June 05 2017

John Hope Bryant receives Andrew J. Young International Leadership Award for Social Impact

ATLANTA – June 5, 2017 – John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. was recognized with the Social Impact Award at the 2017 Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards & 85th Birthday Tribute. The event was held at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on June 3.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award in recognition of the impact of the work of HOPE and our mission of community uplift through personal empowerment across the nation and around the world,” Bryant said. “With this award, I celebrate the service-driven life of Ambassador Young and his tireless work for inclusion.”

The Social Impact Award is granted to an individual whose exceptional leadership has made a demonstrable and lasting positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities. This year’s event, hosted by Anthony Anderson, star of the hit ABC series “Black-ish”, celebrated the 85th birthday of Ambassador Andrew Young and recognized his accomplishments as a global leader of change and empowerment.

2017 honorees included Ron Clark, educator and founder of The Ron Clark Academy; national co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington: Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour; and former Vice President Joe Biden.


About John Hope Bryant

Named 2016 Innovator of the Year” by American Banker magazine, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on economic empowerment and financial dignity.  He is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., and chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures. He is the author of bestsellers, “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class”, and “LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World”. His next book, “The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation,” will be released in September 2017.



About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.  Project 5117 is HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its third consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. 

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