Today, what America needs now is the nurturing of a new generation of urban entrepreneurs who understand "the language of money," and particularly young urban entrepreneurs, small business owners and self-employment projects. A young, empowered generation of silver rights leaders, on fire with hope, esteem and opportunity in their own lives.
The successful White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit held on Monday, June 6th, 2011, in Newark, New Jersey, was a powerful start in the right direction, and I want to thank the Obama Administration, the Rutgers University Business School, Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Russell Simmons, Startup America, NYC Public Advocate, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and of course President Barack Obama, for making this summit vision real for people. Operation HOPE, which serves under-served, urban and inner-city communities, was honored to be one of the co-host organizations for the summit.
John Hope Bryant is founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, bestselling author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and a member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama