A Thriving Mentality: How Atlanta’s Entrepreneurs are Building the Future
Dec 07, 2021 12:00 PM
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Operation HOPE, Inc.
A Thriving Mentality: How Atlanta’s Entrepreneurs are Building the Future

John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Mr. Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest non-profit, best-in-class provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States for youth and adults.

He is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures, and Founder and Principal of The Promise Homes Company, which is the largest minority-controlled owner of single-family rental homes in the United States. Mr. Bryant is referred to as the “Conscience of Capitalism” by the CEO’s of Delta Air Lines and First Republic Bank. He is named as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “The Power 100: Most Influential Atlantans in 2020”, and American Banker magazine's 2016 “Innovator of the Year”. He is also one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future”. Five former U.S. presidents have recognized his work, and he has served as an advisor to three sitting U.S. presidents from both political parties. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government.

He has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Treasury. He is the author of bestselling books Up From Nothing, The Memo, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism and Love Leadership.

INTRODUCTION: Jill Thornton
INVOCATION: Fran Phillips-Calhoun