Bryant Speaks: The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Decatur, March 17, 2013

I am pleased to be the Men’s Day Speaker before Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Decatur, Ga this morning. I plan to focus on “Men as the Rock, Women as God’s Soil.”

We need both, but the rock protects the soil, and gives young men a firm foundation to stand on, to model themselves after. We must become the rock, building roads, walls, buildings and bridges of stability, as well as highways and byways of opportunity for all.

Let’s go.

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), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also 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. Mr. Bryant is a thought leader represented by the Bright Sight Group for public speaking. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a specialty finance company that is managed by an affiliate of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset manager with approximately $59 billion in committed capital under management as of December 31, 2012.

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