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Focus on Love Leadership strategies for nation's leaders and on financial literacy as a "Civil Right" for enlisted troops and Ugandan citizens alike

Kampala, Uganda — September 29, 2010 – Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant was brought in to speak to the High Command of the Uganda People's Defense Forces last week as a part of the African nation's fifth annual Financial Literacy Week.

"While we have had the honor of presenting our philosophy and approach around 'silver rights' (hope, dignity, love leadership, financial literacy, empowerment, all leading to making free enterprise and capitalism work for the poor and the underserved) to heads of state, leaders in government, community, faith and the private sector, including CEOs of some of the world's largest companies, speaking before a nation's military High Command was a unique first for Operation HOPE and myself personally," stated Bryant.

Discussions focused on financial literacy education for enlisted troops and Ugandan citizens as well as leadership principles from Bryant's business bestselling book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. The tomb bridges the gap between solid business advice and pure inspiration. It outlines the five laws of love-based leadership: Loss Creates Leaders (there can be no strength without legitimate suffering), Fear Fails (only respect and love leads to success), Love Makes Money (love is at the core of true wealth), Vulnerability is Power (when you open up to people they open up to you), and Giving is Getting (the more you offer to others, the more they will give back to you).

High-level officials attending the event (and photographed above) include:

  • Col. Joseph Musanyufu, Chief of Integrated Resource Management Information System UPDF;
  • Brig. Charles Angina, UPDF Chief of Staff Land Forces;
  • Mrs. Edith Buturo, Under Secretary Finance and Administration Ministry of Defence MOD;
  • Mr. John Hope Bryant, Guest Speaker and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO;
  • Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta, Deputy Chief of Defence Forces UPDF;
  • Col. Albert Kareba, Chief of Pention and Gratuity UPDF;
  • Mr. Mike Mabonga, Principal Personnel Officer MOD;
  • Lt. Col. Robert Winyi, Director Records UPDF;
  • Mr. Allan Muhereza, Senior Personnel Officer;
  • Lt. Col. Simon Ocan, Deputy Chief of Personnel and Administration UPDF;
  • Col. Obora, Director Policy and Planning Reserve Force;
  • Col. Byarugaba, Chief of Education, Sports and Culture UPDF;
  • Lt. Col. James Ruhesi, Deputy Chief of Training and Operations;
  • Col. Phenehasi Katirima, Member of Parliament and Chief Political Commisser UPDF;
  • Mr. Kayondo, Principal IT Officer MOD;
  • Lt. Col. Ephraim Mugume, Chief Comptroller Finance UPDF;
  • Mr. Francis Kahirita, Principal Assistant Secretary Finance and Administration MOD;
  • Mr. Duncan Seninde, Assistant Secretary;
  • Mr. Mutabazi, Principal Assistant Secretary Logistics (Ag Under Secretary Logistics);
  • Mr. Elias Mparana, Personnel Officer MOD;
  • Mr. Steven Tumwiine, Transport Economist MOD;
  • Miss Allen Ruhangataremwa, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer MOD; and
  • Miss Harriet Nabunya, Senior Planning Officer.

"Frankly, given I have no personal military experience, I did approach the assignment initially with as many questions and answers." Bryant continued, "Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised, but not at all shocked, to learn that the five Laws of Love Leadership were immediately embraced by even the military leadership as a potential future strategy for leading in times requiring more mutual collaboration than hard conflict. A time when 'soft power' plays a more critical role in long-term success."  

Bryant's trip to Uganda saw him take place in several financial literacy events throughout the week. Along with being the keynote speaker for national financial literacy week, Bryant met with Ugandan officials from the Central Bank Committee on Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection, and the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.

Bryant concluded by saying, "I was also humbled and honored to see the now global work of Operation HOPE, particularly our focus on financial literacy as a new civil rights issue for a nation, and a 'Silver Rights' empowerment tool to help stabilize and move the lives of the average individuals, was embraced with respect to the military at all levels."

About Operation HOPE, Inc. 
Since its founding in 1992, Operation HOPE's mission has been to promote "silver rights" and make free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. The social investment banking nonprofit has provided financial literacy and economic empowerment services to more than 1.2 million people, raised more than $500 million and helped to restructure more than $360 million in sub-prime mortgages from the private sector, for a total of approximately $900 million in economic activity for the disenfranchised. Follow Operation HOPE at www.operationhope.org, www.twitter.com/operationhope, andwww.facebook.com/operationhope.


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