Following my White House meetings during the first part of the day, I had the distinct pleasure on yesterday of traveling over, accompanied by my government relations chief Ms. Jena Roscoe, and spending some quality time with the Gabonese Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Michael Moussa-Adamo, in his official office in Washington, DC. Gabon is a progressive African nation of approximately 2 million citizens on the African coast, and is rich in natural resources — not the least of which are her people. My friend Ms. Oprah Winfrey has referred to Gabon as a prized jewel, and I look forward to visiting there soon.
The Ambassador, who is very close to the President, was very interested in the work of Operation HOPE, and specifically our focus on teaching a new generation of African youth "financial literacy, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, leading to financial dignity and silver rights." We will be working on a few ideas together in coming weeks and months.
A special thank you to my executive assistant, Ms. Leslie Alessandro, who originally met the Ambassador during the 2010 CBC sessions, and encouraged us both to connect and meet.
Onward and 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 a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.