JHB 2ATLANTA – Mar. 10, 2017 – John Hope Bryant, prominent entrepreneur and founder, CEO and chairman of Operation HOPE, will speak at the 2017 HBCU@SXSW on Saturday, March 11. HBCU@SXSW is part of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals that will be held March 10-19, in Austin, Texas. “I am excited to join this vibrant community of thought leaders and young people,” Bryant said. “This annual collaborative is an incubator of transformational ideas across industries to bring real impact to our communities and nation.” In 2016, SXSW announced a new partnership with Opportunity Hub, MVMT50 and several Historically Black Colleges and Universities to bring high potential student technology entrepreneurs to the banner event. The effort was designed to support My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative of former President Barack Obama, which was launched to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Bryant will participate in the following sessions on March 11 at the Omni Hotel Austin: Panel Discussion – Coding While Black – 9 a.m. CST Panel Discussion – Financial Literacy in Tech – 2 p.m. CST Fireside Chat and Book Signing – 6 p.m. CST   For more information on this year’s SXSW and HBCU@SXSW visit www.sxsw.com and http://opportunityhub.co/2017hbcusxsw/

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About John Hope Bryant American Banker magazine 2016 Innovator of the Year”, and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future” named in 1994, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc.; chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures, and co-founder of Global Dignity. His work has been recognized by the last five U.S. presidents, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. Bryant is the author of bestsellers How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Barrett-Koehler), and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass).

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