John Hope Bryant -- THE EMPOWERMENT LEADER
John Hope Bryant knows a lot about empowerment leadership. He has used its principles to lift himself out of an environment of psychological and financial poverty in South Los Angeles and Compton, California, where he grew up.
Bryant used empowerment leadership to create his first business at age 10, putting the local liquor store out of the candy business. Later, he used the same principles to slowly rescue himself from the situation of homelessness he found himself in at age 18.
By 19, Bryant was running a newly created division of a merchant banking firm, growing it from zero to $24 million in revenue by age 25, when he purchased his employer for the equivalent of his retained earnings.
At the age of 26, in the backdrop of the worst urban riot in U.S. history (the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles), Bryant created Operation HOPE-- America's first non-profit investment banking, venture capitalist, and private banker to the poor, the under served and the struggling middle class. Today, Operation HOPE (HOPE) has served more than 2M clients, directed close to 2B in private and public resources to underserved communities, raised credit scores an average of 120 points per case management client, has recruited more than 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, has approximately 5,000 partners from government, community and the private sector, and serves 300 cities in the U.S., 7 provinces in South Africa, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and a recent agreement to assist in the UAE.
For more information on Bryant Speaks and what John Hope Bryant's Empowerment Agenda is for a newly reset world for 2013 and beyond, review the Bryant Group Companies newly refreshed (Bryant Speaks) website here.