Last night my global world stopped, and settled into "a single priceless moment" in Winter Park, Colorado, about 2 hours outside of Denver, Colorado. I was honored to be there, along with Operation HOPE's Lance Triggs and Kevin Fleming, for the wedding of Ms. Mary Hagerty and Mr. Bradley Ehrsam (an accomplished artist).
Most who know me, know that I rely on the leadership of one Mary Hagerty for our youth portfolio (Lance Triggs runs the adult portfolio). Mary is our global chief of financial literacy and works closely with me and the Office of the Chairman as we execute on our global vision for "silver rights" empowerment for all.
Under Mary's leadership our premier program and brand for urban youth financial literacy and economic empowerment, Banking on Our Future, has taught more than 500,000 youth financial literacy and a course in dignity, aided by more than 14,700 HOPE Corps volunteers. Banking on Our Future is now the premier urban delivery system for financial literacy empowerment across America, serving more than 70 urban and under-served communities.
Mary, working again closely with me, was a co-leader who helped pioneer both our HOPE, South Africa and HOPE, Haiti work, and most recently, Wikia-HOPE Global Money, Morocco.
More on Mary's incredible work later, but I wanted all to know how incredibly important she is to our world, and not just to Operation HOPE. And now aided and supported by an incredible and equally talented husband, Bradley Ehrsam, who I have now taken to calling "cool breeze" (smile), there is no limit to what Mary can accomplish. Mary Hagerty is Love Leadership walking.
A special salute to Mary's mother Ms. Joan Hagerty, Bradley's parents Carol and Tom Ehrsam, all those that made this day special (and father Hagerty, looking down from Heaven).
I could say more about the magic of last night, which happened deep and high in the Colorado mountains (approximately 12,000 feet elevation), but I think the photos tell their own story. Enjoy, and please wish Mary well when you speak with her or see her.
The Operation HOPE family is so very proud of her, and now both of them.
Onward with HOPE
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama