Impressive Leader for Africa's Future, Who Also Happens to be Black

Funeka Montjane,
Image by: Arnold Pronto
I am so very impressed by the smart, focused, intelligent, educated, thoughtul and thoroughly results oriented leadership talent that I continue to see at the top of some of South Africa's top businesses and corporations.  This young lady, Ms. Funeka Montjane, is but one example.
I have the pleasure of meeting her tomorrow morning around our growing portfolio of 'silver rights' empowerment work in South Africa, being done by Operation HOPE, South Africa; but I wanted you to meet her first.  That's how impressed I am with her.  I want you to know her here, even before I meet her in person (smile).
You can read the complete article on her here.  What an inspiration.  And no, we have no examples of a Black woman running a major banking division in the United States.  At least, not yet (a positive challenge to all of my friends in U.S. banking here).

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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