"Understanding “the language of money” is far from a math class; it is contextual, psychological, cross sections with issues of self-esteem and self-worth, and is impacted by one’s culture and environment. It is aspirational. From the individual, to the community, extending up to the G20, our relationship with money is a key driver to how we perceive and respond to the world around us. When you don't know, you tend to fear. Fear is a prosperity killer and underlying the current epidemic of fear are massive levels of financial illiteracy."
John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, America's first non-profit social investment banking organization. His work and advocacy at HOPE led then President Bush to sign an executive order making financial literacy U.S. policy. Today, Bryant continues to serve as vice chairman of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy as well as chairman of the Council Committee on the Under-Served, in President Barack Obama's Administration. Bryant is also the financial literacy advisor to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Financial Empowerment, and in 2005 was selected in the inaugural class of Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum. In August, 2009, Bryant will publish his latest book entitled LOVE LEADERSHIP; A New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World, BY Jossey-Bass.