OAK PARK – He’s advised three U.S. presidents, has graced national magazine covers and has been lauded by media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist John Hope Bryant returns to Sacramento on Monday, August 18 to share wisdom derived from years on the front lines of the fight for African American inclusion and equality. Bryant will be the special guest for this month’s installment of the Indivizible speakers series, hosted by Mayor Kevin Johnson. The session is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Guild Theater, located at 2828 35th Street.
Bryant is the founder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE, America’s first non-profit social investment banking organization. Operation HOPE was founded immediately following the Rodney King Riots of 1992 in South Central Los Angeles and operates in more than 300 U.S. cities and South Africa, has served more than 1.5 million individuals, has more than 19,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, more than 5,000 partners from government, community and the private sector, and is the global leader in financial dignity.
Raised in Compton and South Central Los Angeles, Bryant, 48, has traveled the globe promoting the virtues of hope, self-esteem, love leadership, dignity, empowerment and opportunity for all.
Bryant serves U.S. President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment for the U.S.
President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. Prior to this, Bryant served President George W. Bush as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and Chairman of the Council Committee on the Underserved. For President Obama, Bryant focuses on the establishment of local financial literacy councils for cities, counties and states.
Under President Obama his subcommittee has secured commitments for more than 100 local financial literacy councils across America. Bryant is considered one of the most authoritative and compelling advocates for poverty eradication in America today. In addition to leading Bryant Group Cos., he also serves on advisory boards for the NYSE Euronext Financial Literacy Advisory Committee, the Gallup Government Leadership Academy and the Kaplan University Business School. He is also former UN goodwill ambassador to the United States.
Bryant has penned such books as “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism,” “Love Leadership: The New Way To Lead In A Fear-Based World” and “Banking On Our Future: A Program For Teaching You and Your Kids About Money.”
Bryant has received more than 500 awards and citations for his work to empower low-wealth communities including the Use Your Life Award by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, People Magazine’s Community Hero award.
Indivizible was started locally by Mayor Johnson in 2011. Its vision is to see the African American community become one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the country. The group has set a three-part agenda that includes eliminating the achievement gap by ensuring that all African American children are attending high performing schools; increasing income and wealth in the African American community, and ensuring African Americans have equal representation in the democratic process.
For more, visit www.Indivizible.com.