I am pleased to report that Operation HOPE’s FILE (Fellow, Interns, Loaned Executives), HOPE FILE VL (Volunteer Leaders) and HOPE Faculty Fellows are growing strong within the organization.

HOPE FILE Director Elaine Fischer tells me that we presently have 11 HOPE Fellows and more than 40 HOPE Interns active within Operation HOPE. Additionally, HOPE Faculty Fellows is in full swing, inspired by Professor Belinda White of Morehouse College.

Elaine also reports that we presently have 148 applications from 98 different colleges and universities, representing over 40 different majors.

Those interested should contact Elaine Fischer today.

Okay, 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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